I wasn’t looking forward to removing all of the grout in my bathroom and replacing it. Not because removing grout is hard but because removing bathroom grout is time consuming and messy. Putting grout in between the tiles is easy and the clean up is well, as difficult as cleaning up usually is after a big project – better if you can get someone else to do it. If you can’t rope someone else into cleaning up your mess for you, a wet/dry vaccum makes the job easier. I mentioned dust flying everywhere, yes?
- A heavy duty oscillating tool with a grout removal bade attachment. I recommend this carbide grout removal blade An oscillating tool will make removing tile grout a thousand times easier and is the method I recommend.
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The Ridgid oscillating tool is one of the most recommended for removing grout because it is powerful, yet affordable. This is a good choice if you are using your grout project as an excuse to buy a decent oscillating tool (not that anyone ever does that kind of thing) but aren’t sure if you will be using it often in the future.
- As much I like my Dremel rotary tool for small projects, I do d not recommend the Dremel Multi Max Oscillating Tool or the traditional Dremel rotary tool for this type of project. The Dremel Multi Max is a deceptively weak oscillating tool and not powerful enough to do this large job well. That goes double for the Dremel rotary tool. I gave up using my rotary tool to remove tile grout after blowing though an army of cutting disks and barely making a dent in removing all of the grout in the small back wall of my shower. Keep this guy around for hard to reach corners or touchups only.
- Grout Grabber grout removal toolGrout Grabber Blade that fits on a reciprocating saw I personally haven’t used one but the reports and reviews I’ve read give it a thumbs up for being powerful enough to make removal easy without accidentally chipping the sides of the tile. This might be your best least expensive option if you already own a reciprocating saw and don’t want to buy a new power tool for this project. The Grout Grabber blade I saw at the home improvement store was under 10 bucks.
- Tapered diamond grinding wheel that fits on an electric drill. This is not the best power tool option for removing tile grout but it works. I know from experience, it is easy to scratch and take an accidental bite out of the side of the tile while you are removing the grout in between the tiles with a grinding wheel.
Five Grout Removal Hand Tools for Small Projects
You can use any of these hand tools to remove a large amount of tile grout if you like but it might take longer than you like to the job to be.
1. Groutl saw – It is a little hand saw you run back and forth over the grout line to cut through it and remove it. This tool works well if you have an area that does not have a chip or hole where you can poke the sharp/pointy end of a grout removal tool to start removing grout from the area.
5. Awl or screwdriver – I haven’t used it nor would I recommend it unless you already have it, don’t want to buy a new tool, and already have a hole in tile grout you need to remove just enough more grout to patch the area. In case, it works.
What do you recommend?
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