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Grout Removal Tool Selection (Quick Tips)

Small Jobs vs Big Jobs


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by Jeff Patterson in Tiling Tools

Grout removal tool selection is super important. The last thing you want to do on a Saturday is spend 8 hours removing grout…I know because I’ve done it.

Today you’ll learn about which tools to use for small jobs and which tool I HIGHLY recommend for large jobs, e.g. grout removal from an entire shower.

Let’s dive in head first.

Handheld Grout Removal Tools 

If you just need to remove a small section of grout, say 10 inches, get a handheld grout removal tool.

This one by Kobalt runs you just a few bucks.


It uses a carbide saw blade to remove the grout.

Just be careful not to ruin the adjacent tiles with the blade.

All you do is start sawing the grout back and forth until 3/16 of an inch is removed. If you’ve got urethane based grout you just need to remove 1/16 of an inch.


This second handheld grout removal tool is also by Kobalt (and no, they’re not sponsoring this post…I just had the tool).


Again, you wedge the tool’s triangular blade in the grout. Then move it back and forth to remove the grout. Very simple.


You can also use these tools to remove thin-set or caulk.

Are these handheld tools great for small areas of grout removal?

You bet!!

And they cost less than $15. Which is even better for your wallet.

What tool should you use to remove grout if your project is say an entire shower?


Oscillating Multi-Tools (They’re BEASTS!)

I’ll say this right now: multi-tools aren’t cheap but they’re awesome!!!

And if you need to remove all of the grout in your shower there’s no better way to do it.

This multi-tool by FEIN is cordless and is called the MultiTalent.


No matter which multi-tool you choose make sure to get a carbide grout removal blade. This one is from FEIN and is the StarlockPlus carbide oscillating segmented blade.


These blades are typically $20-$30 but totally worth the money and can fit between a 1/16″ grout joint.

You’ll see how all the tools work in the video below.

Grout Removal Tool Selection



What’s Next

Here’s a short supply list in case you want any of these tools

  • Kobalt Grout Saw
  • Kobalt Triangular Grout Saw
  • FEIN Cordless Multi-Talent ($230) http://amzn.to/2hOYoI6
  • FEIN StarlockPlus Carbide Oscillating Segmented Blade ($35) http://amzn.to/2hUHJ5g
  • The Amazon Links above help support Home Repair Tutor, many thanks

Also, if you might like this other tutorial we did called how to remove bathtub caulk without a huge mess.

Until next time, have an awesome day and talk to you soon.


Jeff Patterson





P.S. If you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel in 2018 check out Bathroom Repair Tutor, you won’t be disappointed with the videos and one-on-one support.

P.P.S. Our online store has a ton of supplies for homeowners doing a bathroom remodel. You’ll find wedi shower systems, KBRS shower pans, tiling tools, and more.

  1. Khalid Khan says:

    Your video was very helpful. Great job. Explain very well.

    1. Thanks Khalid, hope it helps. Grout removal can be easy or frustrating and having the right tools make a HUGE difference. I love my multi-tool 😉

  2. Andrew says:

    Hey, great video – I would add a Dremel rotary tool as another grout removal option with a diamond head/bit. Cheers!

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