Epoxy grout is a durable and attractive type of grout that’s ideal for high-traffic areas such as walkways and kitchen floors.
However, epoxy grout tends to be more difficult to remove than standard tile grout. Here are some tips for removing epoxy grout from your tile:
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Get rid of the epoxy grout residue
You can use a razor blade to scrape it off, or you can use a shop vac to suck it up. You can also try nail polish remover, household bleach, and elbow grease.
If none of those options works for you, there are other products that may help. A stain-removal solution is one possibility; another choice is grout haze remover that’s designed specifically for repairing epoxy grout damage.
Just be aware that these will take some time to work and may not always be successful at removing all the residue. If nothing else works, regrouting your tile might be the best option if you want it looking perfect again!
Gather your tools
You will need:
- A razor blade or an X-Acto knife.
- Nail polish remover.
- A shop vac.
- Household bleach, stain-removal solution, or regrouting tile if needed.
Use a razor blade
You can use a razor blade to remove epoxy grout.
- Use the razor blade to remove epoxy grout from the tile, being careful not to damage the tile or cut yourself in the process.
- Use another piece of paper towel or rag and wipe away excess water that may have gotten onto your floor, countertops, etc., as this is likely to be slippery when wet.
Try to remove any remaining residue with nail polish remover
- Pour some nail polish remover into a rag, and then rub it into the epoxy grout.
- Rinse off any residue with water once you’re finished rubbing in the nail polish remover.
Vacuum out any remaining residue with a shop vac
If you have a Shop Vac, use it to remove the remaining residue.
If you don’t have a shop vac, use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over the floor several times to remove the residue.
Use household bleach
To remove epoxy grout, you’ll need:
- 1 part bleach to 7 parts water
- A spray bottle (a mister or a regular spray bottle will do)
- Mix the bleach and water in your spray bottle.
- Spray this solution onto the tile you want to clean, making sure it covers all of the grout area. Leave it for about five minutes or so before rinsing with water again; repeat as needed until all of the old epoxy is gone!
Use elbow grease
- Use a scrub brush. You can use a toothbrush, the end of a comb, or any other small scrubbing tool to clean in between the tiles. Be careful not to scratch them up!
- Use a sponge with warm water and dish soap. Soaking your sponge in warm water will make it easier to clean off stubborn stains in the grout and empty out any leftover residue from previous cleaning attempts. Add some liquid dish soap (or laundry detergent) and wipe away until everything looks nice and shiny again!
Apply a stain-removal solution
Cleaning epoxy grout can be a long and tedious process, but luckily there are some tricks that make it easier. One of the best ways you can clean your tile is by using a stain-removal solution. This will help break down the grime and residue that have built up over time, making it easier to remove later on in the process.
To apply the solution, start by pouring some onto a clean cloth and rubbing it against your tile until all of the residues have been removed.
Make sure that you get into all of those hard-to-reach areas where dirt tends to build up! Once you’ve done this, let everything dry for about 30 minutes before going over it again with another cloth dipped into fresh water from above your head (you need to keep them as far apart as possible).
This will ensure maximum effectiveness without damaging anything else around them—and remember not just about how much pressure is put on each side here but also in which direction they’re being moved across each other!
Regrout the tile
To re-grout the tile, you’ll need to seal the surface with a grout sealer and then add new grout of your choice. You can use a color that matches your tile or choose something bolder, like white or black.
The best option is to use a nontoxic grout that resists staining and is easy to clean (or even has antibacterial properties).
You want the finished product to look just as good as it did before it got stained—or better! If you’re really worried about stains, consider using epoxy-based grout that will not stain easily at all.
You may also want to consider choosing an easy-to-remove one so that if there are any issues with its appearance later on down the road—say if it gets stained again—you won’t have too much difficulty getting rid of it so you can begin anew without having invested much time or money into doing so initially!
Cleaning epoxy grout is tough, but using the right tools and products will give you the best results.
- The right tools and products
- The right techniques
- The right process
- The right equipment
Hopefully, this article has given you the confidence to tackle your own epoxy grout removal project. We know from experience that it’s not an easy task, but with patience and perseverance, you can get rid of it once and for all.
Just remember these tips: use a razor blade to scrape off as much residue as possible before using other tools like nail polish remover or bleach; use elbow grease instead of power tools when scrubbing away at tough areas (like corners); vacuum up any leftover debris after each step so that none goes down the drain when rinsing with water.