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Unread 09-06-2005, 08:51 AM   #1
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Dremel-Cleaning Grout off textured Ceramic Tile


We just installed 18" textured glazed ceramic tile in our kitchen(~220 Sq feet). We used polyblend grout, and have been battling grout haze for the last couple of days. Out of sheer frustration with digging the grout out of every nook and cranny using a wooden barbecue skewer, I tried a different path. I broke about a 2 inch section of skewer off and put it into my multi-speed dremel. Turned the dremel on low speed(wearing safety glasses, etc), and turned my new found grout haze removal tools towards the edges of the ceramic tile. Low and behold the little booger was removing the grout off of the tile edges a 100 times faster then I could have done by hand. When the tip got dull, I removed it and put in a fresh piece of skewer.

I recommend testing this on a low visibility tile first(under stove, fridge, etc.). This can also be used to remove grout on the surface of the tile. Please be careful though because if you you use excessive pressure the wood will burn and possible leave a mark on a grout line or a tile. I used this on a darker type of tile(reds, browns, etc.). I do not know what successs you may have on lighter tiles.
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Unread 09-06-2005, 05:26 PM   #2
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Hi Bill

Thanks for sharing the technology!

We have used various metal & diamond bits with great success, but never tried a toothpick!
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