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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
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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

What’s Next

Hopefully these tips helped.

Having the right tool makes grout removal way easier.

Also, if you’re doing a bathroom remodel Bathroom Repair Tutor has tons of helpful advice. Get a free trial and check it out for yourself.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  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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