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Grout Removal

Removing tile grout When your contractor determines that your grout must be removed, he or she will begin the process of extracting it from between your tiles. It is important that the process of grout repair and removal does not result in damage to your tiles, walls, countertops or joining floors so your contractor will take all the measures necessary to ensure that your tile stays looking great.

What to Expect from your Grout Cleaning Contractor

During your initial meeting with your contractor, they will determine what grout areas can be cleaned, what areas need to be repaired, and what areas need the grout completely removed. Depending on the type of surface you want cleaned or repaired, you may find that you have only small areas that actually need grout removal. .

Your contractor will spend some time prepping the area on which the grout is to be removed. Drop cloths will be placed on anything that may get dusty and the room that will contain most of the work will be sectioned off from the rest of your house. This may seem like an inconvenience, but the dust that is generated when grout is removed can be insidious and you'll be glad your contractor took the time to do this. After the drop cloths and protective sheets have been placed, your contractor may begin to line your tiles with masking tape. This will afford your tiles some sort of protection against the grout removal equipment that your contractor will be using

Next, your contractor will cut a rut into the old grout using a grout saw or a carbide tipped scraper. Regardless of which tool your contractor chooses, it is very easy to accidentally scratch neighboring tile when cutting out old grout. Your contractor has the experience necessary to make sure that your tile is unaffected by the grout removal. Porous grout will be easy to cut through but older grout may be more difficult to remove and could require several passes with the saw. Since older grout can be so resistant your contractor will be very careful not to lose his or her grip on the saw and accidentally chip a tile. Once the grout has been saw cut, some stubborn grout that remains will be removed with the use of a scraper. The scraper can then be used to help widen the rut or groove and will actually pull the grout out of the rut. Your contractor may prefer a chisel and hammer to do this, but either method will work.

As the grout comes loose and begins to fall on the floor, your remaining tile or other flooring is exposed to potential scratches. The tarps your contractor has placed on the floor will help guard against damage, but it is still important to keep pets and family members out of the room until your contractor gives you the okay.After removing the larger pieces of grout, your contractor may use shop a vac to vacuum up the remaining pieces and any dust or residue that remains. Your floor is then ready for new grout and a whole new life.

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