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#919238 - 3rd Jan 2015 11:54am Old Tile Grout
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My wife has used a number of chemicals ( of mass destruction )over 7 years to clean tiles in shower also hair products.

Has anyone been successful in removing grout from between tiles so it can be regrouted.

I do not want to just use grout pens etc

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#919252 - 3rd Jan 2015 12:22pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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I have tried everything over the years, in the end i purchased a small tool for grout removal for less than five pounds.

It took out enough so i could skim over with fresh grout,

i know this is tedious and takes time but it does work.

I have tried all recommended products...they don't work.

Also in future i am going to use a colour then you don't get a problem.

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#919257 - 3rd Jan 2015 12:42pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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I`ve got a Readers Digest book that suggests using car wax over new tile grout. Topped up once a year or so. I know it seems tedious but when the grout goes yellow it looks ugly.

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#919272 - 3rd Jan 2015 2:32pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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I second the special tool as well -time consuming but havent found an alternative.

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#919273 - 3rd Jan 2015 2:49pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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If you feel competent you can use an angle grinder with a stone cutting disc, but don't forget your PPE.

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#919275 - 3rd Jan 2015 3:00pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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Use a Dremel drill or similar and the grinders that you can buy.


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#919305 - 3rd Jan 2015 5:54pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: sonylegs]
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I think the Dremel idea is good, but you have to take the risk of some damage to the tiles; the Dremel can be a bit difficult to control accurately. It's what I'd use.
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#919306 - 3rd Jan 2015 5:56pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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It will do the job but will make one hell of a mess. You might
regret using it. Snowhites idea of the grout tool is about the
only way but very work intensive. Be sure to wear knee pads.

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#919307 - 3rd Jan 2015 5:58pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: chriskay]
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I even use the Dremel to sand down my corn :-)

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#919325 - 3rd Jan 2015 6:14pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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I used one once to remove a zipper!

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#919328 - 3rd Jan 2015 6:23pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: snowshoes]
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sunnysides use of tool to scrape out grout is not so bad , i have used a similar thing purchased from b&q around 4 quid

done in sections if you have lots is quite easy i did all my bathroom with it paced myself, and did not notice the time flying by.

elbow grease is an old and tested cheap remedy and everyone has it.

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#919336 - 3rd Jan 2015 6:40pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: snowshoes]
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Originally Posted By: snowshoes
I used one once to remove a zipper!

Now we know what happened to him :-)

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#919350 - 3rd Jan 2015 7:14pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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Yes, he must have been well zippered after he joined the club.

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#919355 - 3rd Jan 2015 8:04pm Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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check out toolstation. Their regrouting tools and grout is quite good on price. You will also need a sponge and bucket and something to put the grout on the wall with. The tiler I know says Forever White grout is best he has used --a bit dearer but worth it.

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#920302 - 8th Jan 2015 6:45am Re: Old Tile Grout [Re: saltytom]
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