As we’ve mentioned before, epoxy grout is the worst. It’s a sticky mess that’s difficult to remove from your tile and can lead to unsightly brown stains on your floor.
But don’t worry! It’s not impossible to remove epoxy grout from your porcelain tiles. There are several methods you can try, including scrubbing the grout with dish soap and warm water, using bleach spray, or using an enzyme cleaner like Nature’s Miracle Stain Remover or Oxy-Clean Max Force Foamer Spray Stick (which I highly recommend).
Just keep in mind: You want to make sure any products you use are safe for porcelain surfaces because they’re porous and tend to absorb liquids more easily than other types of materials (like granite or marble).
Mix dish soap and warm water into a bowl.
Mix the dish soap and warm water together in a bowl or bucket. Use your fingers to mix it up, or stir with a spoon.
The mixture should be thick and slimy like peanut butter; if it’s too watery or not thick enough, add more dish soap until you get the right consistency.
It’s important that you use warm water for this step; if it’s too hot, it can damage your tile surface and cause discoloration. For best results, let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before applying it to your grout lines.
Apply the solution to your tile with a sponge or cloth.
Apply the solution to your tile with a sponge or cloth. The solution should be applied with enough pressure to make it work its way into the grout lines, but not so much that you risk scratching your tiles or damaging the surface of your floor.
If you need to use a brush, dip it in warm water and then scrub away at stubborn stains using gentle strokes.
Use firm pressure when you scrub the grout to break up the residue.
- Use a scrub brush. If you’re working with a small area, like a sink or tub, grab a scrub brush and use firm pressure to break up the residue.
- Use a sponge. A soft-bristled kitchen sponge is another good choice for larger areas because it can reach into corners and crevices where the grout has settled more than others have.
- Use a toothbrush. This tool might seem like an odd choice for cleaning purposes, but if you’ve got stubborn stains that refuse to budge—and trust me, I know what I’m talking about—a toothbrush can be just what you need! Just remember not to use an electric one; those tend to leave behind bristles in their wake which can damage your tile surfaces over time!
- Use a toothpick or knife (only as last resort). The key here is not so much breaking up the grout but rather scraping off what’s left of it so there’s nothing left behind when we apply our new sealant later on down this list below: “How To Clean Epoxy Grout With Natural Products – The Final Touch.”
Let the solution sit on your tile.
Your solution needs to sit on your tile for 3-5 minutes. It will break down the grout and make it softer, making it easier to remove. You should also notice that the grout turns a lighter color as well.
Letting this solution sit on your tiled area for a few minutes helps soften the grout so that you can remove it with ease.
Scrub the area again.
To get the epoxy out of your grout, you’ll need to scrub it into your grout lines. There are a few tools that can help you do this:
- A scrubbing sponge or brush
- A soft cloth or sponge
- Toothbrush (if you’re trying to get into small spaces)
Rinse the surface with clean water.
Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
- Rinse the surface with clean water.
- Use a clean cloth or sponge to apply water, making sure you get all of the grout off. If you’re using a spray bottle, spritz small areas at a time so that you don’t make too much of a mess.
- Rinse until the water runs clear—this means all of the grout has been removed!
Repeat this process if there is still buildup on the grout.
If you’re still seeing residue after rinsing, repeat the process again. Make sure to rinse the area well after each attempt.
If there’s still buildup on your tile, try a different method for removing epoxy grout from porcelain tile. If you have already tried multiple methods and are still having trouble getting rid of it, contact a professional for help.
Bleach away any remaining stains with a store-bought bleach spray.
If you’re still seeing stains, try a store-bought bleach spray. Make sure to cover the area with a towel to protect yourself from any splashes or fumes.
Let the bleach sit for a few minutes and then rinse with water. If this doesn’t work, repeat it again until there are no more visible stains on your tile surface.
Follow these steps if you need to remove epoxy grout in between tiles.
- Use a grout removal tool to get into the corners.
- Scrub the grout with a toothbrush.
- Use a sponge to apply the solution, then let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing again with the toothbrush and rinsing with water until all of the epoxies is gone from your porcelain tile.
Remove epoxy grout from your porcelain tile with dish soap and warm water, then use bleach spray for hardened residue to get that extra clean look!
- Pour the dish soap into a bowl and mix with warm water.
- Use a sponge or cloth to apply the solution to your porcelain tile, making sure to keep it wet for about 5 minutes.
- Let the solution sit on your tile for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing off as much of the grout as you can with firm pressure.
- Rinse off any leftover residue with clean water and repeat if necessary.
If there is still stubborn grout left behind, try using bleach spray on top of your tiles overnight (or longer) to help loosen up any hard-to-remove residue that may be present.
It’s not easy to remove epoxy grout from your porcelain tiles, but this guide will help you get through it without damaging the surface of your tile or scrubbing too much.