Remove all non-necessary articles
from the work area as removing grout gets dirty and dusty.
If you are removing grout from wall
tiles, lay a drop cloth over the area just below the tiles.
If you are removing grout from large
floor tiles, consider applying masking tape along the edges of the ceramic tile
to mitigate the possibility of nicking the tiles.
Put on your safety glasses and dust
Use a carbide tipped grout saw to
remove the bulk of the old grout. Start by cutting a line down the center of
each grout line with the saw. Next use a carbide tipped grout scraper and/or
hammer and chisel to lightly tap out the remaining grout from the scored grout
When using the hammer and chisel,
make sure you tap the chisel towards the center of the grout line to prevent
chipping of the ceramic tile.
In hard to reach areas, where it may
be impossible to use the grout saw, use the carbide tipped grout scraper.
Once you have completed the chipping
out of the grout remnants, gently sweep up the area, and assess the work. If the
grout lines look relatively clean from any debris, use water to wash out the
grout lines completely.
With that you’re ready to install new
grout. See “Applying Grout to Ceramic Tile”.
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