How to dissolve grouting to remove tile

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the best ways to brighten up your bathroom or kitchen is by replacing old and worn out tiles. Grout is the cement placed between tiles that helps bind them together. Over time, this grout can become dirty and pitted. You can dissolve this grouting in order to remove the tile by using a tool called a grout saw. Once the grout has been removed, the tiles can be pulled up with a crowbar or chisel.

Place a sheet or old towel on the ground underneath where you will be removing the grout, as this process can be quite messy.

Clean off any mould or mildew on the tile and grout with a bathroom cleaner and rag.

Place duct or masking tape over the tile faces surrounding the grouting you want to remove. This will help protect them from the saw.

Insert a new blade into the grout removal saw. Tighten it in place with the screwdriver.

Begin sawing at the grout surrounding the tile. Press firmly as you saw. You will be able to see the grout slowly dissolve as you cut through it with the saw. Repeat this process for the grout on all sides of the tile.

Use a hammer and chisel on hard-to-remove grout. An old screwdriver works well, also. Insert the chisel or screwdriver into the grout area and gently tap with the hammer. Continue tapping and chiselling until the grout has been removed.


Wear proper safety equipment, such as gloves and goggles, when chipping away at grout.

Things You'll Need

  • Old sheet or towel
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Grout saw
  • Grout saw blades
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.