How to Remove Old Grout From Tile Surface

Grouting tile can be a messy job, and it is not uncommon for grout to get on the tile surface and harden. You may not even notice it for quite some time. Removing old grout from tile is important in maintaining the beauty of the tiled surface. Of course, it is much easier to remove grout from tiles while it is still fresh; however, it is not impossible to remove it once it has dried.

Step 1

Moisten the dried grout with a sponge and plain water. This will soften the grout a bit, making it easier to remove.

Step 2

Scrape away as much of the grout as possible using solid oak sticks. You can buy these sticks at most home improvement stores, or craft them yourself. Don't scrape off the grout with metal, as this may scratch the tile surface. Remove the grout that you were able to remove, with a broom or vacuum cleaner.

Step 3

Dip a few cotton balls in nail varnish remover and rub it over the remaining grout on the tile. This will remove any grout that is still stuck to the tile

Step 4

Wash down the area with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Polish the tile with a soft, dry cloth.

Step 5

Use a nylon scouring pad to remove the grout haze that may be left on the tile. Use a generous amount of plain water and scrub the tile with the nylon scouring pad. Use a soft, dry cloth to soak up the excess moisture.

Step 6

Allow the tile to dry completely. Inspect the surface for traces of old grout or grout haze. If there is still grout residue on the tile, then repeat Step 5 until all of the grout and grout haze have been removed.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.