How deep should my grout removal go?



This article, written by the American Ground Water Trust was originally published in THE AMERICAN WELL OWNER, 2002, Number 2]


“How deep will the well be?” is a common question before drilling a well. If the driller has drilled several wells in the nearby area, he may be able to estimate the approximate depth where water will be encountered. Most of the time, however, the depth needed to find the required well yield cannot be determined accurately prior to drilling. A well is an engineered hole in the ground via which ground water can be brought to the surface. Drilling machines can drill to great depths. Deeper wells usually cost more than a shallow well to construct in the short-run. However, not drilling deep enough can result in later problems that will be much more expensive to fix. Listed below are some of the factors that may influence decisions about the depth of a water well.

Seasonal Rise...

0 0
0 0

Grout keeps ceramic tiles in place; it also keeps liquids, such as bath water that spills over the side of the tub, from penetrating the spaces around those tiles. It does the same for your bathtub, where it abuts the floor and walls, and sink (a.k.a. ‘caulk’). There are other applications for grout, but these are the ones you will be most familiar with in your home.

The grout around your tiles, and possibly around your tub and sink, is a mortar-like compound of water, sand, and cement. It dries quickly and becomes rock-hard. It usually comes in white, but it can be stained almost any color.

The other stuff that looks like grout and can even go over grout to seal out moisture is called caulk, or caulking compound. You can tell the difference between this and grout because it has the consistency of toothpaste when you apply it, and it never dries quite as hard as grout. It comes in either small tubes or in the form of long cartridge inserts that load into metal...

0 0

What’s the best grout removal tool for your tile shower floor?

Hands down it’s Bosch’s oscillating multi tool because removing grout won’t take you 7 days and you’ll still have most of your hair at the end of this project.

With that said, you should also use the triangular grout removal tool that can be found at Lowe’s. It’s great for detail work where the Bosch multi tool cannot reach.

If your tile shower floor has grout that won’t clean then grout removal is your only option. This was our predicament after trying multiple cleaning solutions but seeing only marginal results.

Grout is like icing on the cake and literally makes a tile project either look fantastic or hideous.

There are several grout removal tips I want to share with you so you don’t make the same mistakes as me, save time and reduce your aggravation level to the point whereby you’ll be called the buddha of bathroom remodeling.

Here are the supplies you’ll need to remove...

0 0

The grout should be dug out at least 1/8th of an inch deep so that new grout can have a firm base to adhere to. Do not attempt to just apply new grout over the damaged existing grout. Just applying new grout over the existing grout is called skim coating grout and this is a very bad practice. The new grout will not properly adhere to the old grout and there will not be a sufficient depth for the new grout to adhere to. Over time the new grout will start flaking and chipping away. Also the shower walls will still have mold in them and you will not be solving any of your moldy wall issues with this type of skim coating procedure.

Ensure that you hold the Oscillating tool steady and move it in a steady up and down motion along the grout lines. Use a steady hand to hold the tool so that the diamond blade goes in an up and down or side to side direction. You should hold the tool with two hands for better control so you do ...

0 0

Grout removal might be necessary for a number of reasons, such as removing old tile for new tile installation, regrouting existing tile or cleaning pieces of grout dropped on top of existing tile. To remove extensive amounts of grout from between tiles, small hand tools such as a hammer and chisel or a grout scraper can be used. For large jobs or faster removal, there are power tools available for purchase. The method chosen depends on personal preference and the availability of tools.

A hammer and chisel work well for grout removal. If a chisel is not readily available, a flathead screwdriver with a thin tip might be substituted. One can simply hold the screwdriver at a 45 degree angle to the grout and hammer it with light pressure. After the initial tap with the hammer, the chisel should be aimed away from the remaining grout so the tile itself is not chipped or cracked.

Another way to remove grout is with a grout scraper. This tool is used to scrape away the grout,...

0 0

I've been scraping out the thinset that has oozed into the grout lines as I go but how well do they need to be cleaned? Some thinset sticks to the sides of the tile up to the face. I've taken a sponge and tried to wipe awat the thinset past the face of tile in hopes that the grout will cover it. Is this standard practice or should I be doing more?

Hi Tom, you want to get the thinset off the sides otherwise it will show through the grout. You can use a utility knife. You should clean them as you set with a sponge.

Mike, how deep do you go when you clean the thinset?

Hi Tom,
when I put in my kitchen floor, I neglected to get all the thinset off the sides of the tile and some of it bled thru; not that noticeable, but some. I'm not talking about the stuff down deep, but rather some reamaining on the edges of the tile. My second tile job, in addition to removing the bulk of the thinset manually, I then used a damp cloth to be sure I got all the thinset off...

0 0


What method do you use for cleaning?

The method we use for cleaning is hot water extraction, commonly referred to as steam cleaning. Stanley Steemer’s exclusive hot water extraction method removes the toughest, deepest dirt safely and gently. Hot, soft water and a specially formulated cleaning solution are injected deep within the carpet fibers. Then, a powerful suction extracts deep-down dirt, allergens, cleaning solution and 95% of the moisture. It’s the cleaning method most recommended by carpet manufacturers.

Do I need to vacuum before the crew arrives?

A light vacuuming in the traffic areas is recommended but not required. If needed, the crew can pre-vacuum the area to be cleaned. Also, the equipment is vacuuming the entire time we are cleaning.

What do you consider as an area?

Typically, an area is a room that is up to 300 square feet (that is 15 x 20 or approximately the size of a two-car garage). Living room/dining room combos are...

0 0

Remove Mildew From Grout TIPS

DEAR TIM: It is a long, long story but the bottom line is that my ceramic tile shower is a mess. There is mildew everywhere and other really tough stains that are nearly impossible to remove. Is there a way to make the white grout look like new? It seems that the mildew has penetrated deeply into the grout. What can I do to restore the shower to its original condition? What can I do to prevent this from happening again? Molly S., Orangeburg, SC

CLICK HERE to get FREE & FAST BIDS from local cleaning companies that can remove mildew from your grout.

DEAR MOLLY: Six weeks ago a friend of mine had the same problem. One day while we were with our kids at the community swimming pool he said he tried many off-the-shelf cleaners and products at grocery stores to clean his tile shower. He was not satisfied with the results and was ready to tear out the tile and grout and start over.

Magic Powder

Stain Solver is MADE in the...

0 0

I sure appreciated your article on restoring grout. Here’s my experiences- feel free to edit or post if it helps people. To see these grout pictures, email me at
Bill Kaunitz

We just moved into a rental house that is 50 years old. The master bathroom shower was very clean, but the grout was really stained with grey and black lines and patches. None of the cleaners I tried worked at all. I just about gave up on removing the nasty stains, but it grossed me out so much that I kept doing research on the internet.

grout black spots.jpg

One great blog suggested the following, which worked like a miracle! Here’s the clean picture, after the work was done. I wish I had a complete “nasty” picture of it all from before the cleaning, but I neglected to take one. The difference is remarkable.
grout- clean and finished.jpg

Step 1: Buy a gallon of concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide, 27%, at a swimming pool or hot...

0 0
When should I regrout?

With tile and grout is it a matter of when, not if! We recommend regrouting prior to any water damage to the substrate or below the tile surfaces, such as a kitchen counter top or shower floors and walls.

Considering how harsh chemical cleaners are and have been to tile grouts of late, we would recommend regrouting once the grout is below the bevel of the tiles edge. Water should not be pooling in the floor grout joint, and more times than not you can notice the horizontal grout lines on a shower wall to be thinner than the vertical lines, If that is the case then it is time to regrout. If you are buying over the counter tile and grout cleaners at your local grocery store your more than likely guilty of etching your grout away!

Wherever caulking is present, remove the caulk and regrout, its tile and grout, not tile and caulk! Even though you personally use safe cleaners, chances are your tiles prior owners didn't. You always want to clean with a...

0 0

In my previous post, I wrote about how to remove and replace glass mosaic tile to make changes to a mosaic before you grouted it. I also explained why it was good to display the mosaic for a few weeks before grouting so that you had a chance to see the mosaic as a whole with a fresh eye before setting it in concrete.

But writing this got me to thinking about a common problem that isn’t visible until you grout the mosaic, and that got me to thinking about all the ways in which people “ruin” their mosaic in the grouting process. Fortunately, the mosaics aren’t actually ruined, and there are solutions to each problem, at least in the vast majority of cases.

Conventional Grout, Not Epoxy Grout

Keep in mind that all of the mosaic advice on my websites is written for conventional portland-cement grout. If you are using one of the new epoxy-based grouts, then some of what I am recommending might not be possible or might require more work.

Ways Mosaics Are...

0 0

If I were a better person, I'd be cleaning my grout right now, but instead I'm gathering tips and tricks to help you clean your grout. Pay it forward! If you can no longer see your reflection in your grout and want to restore it to its former resplendent glory, read on...

Don't want to clean your grout? Try this:

I've always rented, so my approach to grout has been rather lackadaisical: I clean and scrub the bathroom, of course, but I don't have a lifelong bond with the grout that inspires me to do right by it. Time to bring in the experts!

Ask A Clean Person: The Hairpin's regular feature Ask A Clean Person is a goldmine of advice and overarching cleaning philosophy/enthusiasm. In the feature on cleaning floors, grout is tackled with OxyClean or bleach and water, never abrasive cleaners. Their advice is: "sweep or dry mop first, then handsies & kneesies scrub, then polish with a dry cloth." The entire post is helpful and charming, and has totally...

0 0

Chem-Dry’s cleaning process is better and healthier than other methods for your carpet and upholstery cleaning. Chem-Dry’s unique hot carbonating extraction carpet cleaning method uses the power of carbonation to extract more dirt and grime from your carpets, giving them a deeper and longer lasting clean. Our carbonated cleaning solution only requires us to use a fraction of the moisture other methods such as steam cleaning require. This allows your carpets to dry faster, typically in 1-2 hours rather than 1-2 days, and helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew under your carpet. Chem-Dry’s signature cleaning solution, The Natural®, is a cleaning mixture that—through the power of carbonation—lifts dirt to the surface where it is whisked away. The Natural is non-toxic and ideal for homes with kids and pets, and has received the Green Certification.

Why do I need protectant on my carpets?

Most new carpets come with a factory-applied protectant but this wears off over...

0 0

Q Are you available for emergencies?
A Yes, Atlantic 1 is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Q What services do you provide?
A Atlantic 1’s services include:

air duct cleaning
* area rug cleaning
* carpet cleaning
* chair cleaning
* couch cleaning
* deep cleaning
* deep soil extraction
* draperies & curtain cleaning
* fabric cleaning
* flood cleaning
* furniture cleaning
* grout cleaning & sealing
* mattress cleaning

mildew removal
oriental rug cleaning
pet odor removal
rug cleaning
sofa cleaning
stain & soil removal
steam cleaning
upholstery cleaning
upholstery cleaning
water damage, leaks & flood clean up

Q What geographic areas do you target?
A Atlantic 1 serves Miami Dade County, Broward County & South Palm Beach County - Delray Beach thru Homestead FL.

Q How long have you been in business?

0 0

What is Tile Grout?

Grout is a combination of cement, sand and rock that is often dyed a specific color to match different shades and patterns of tile. When tile is applied to a floor or wall it is set in place using an adhesive. It is necessary to leave joints in between the tiles to allow the adhesive to dry and the moisture escape. This drying process can take up to 30 days to completely cure requiring the use of a porous grout to fill the joints and strengthen the floor. The porousness in the grout allows the moisture to escape from the adhesive preventing the tile from buckling.

What Type of Grout Do I have?

There are two major types of grout, “Sanded” & “Unsanded”.

Sanded grout is generally used for wider grout lines and on the larger floor areas. This grout has a sandy rock like feel & when cleaned properly the pores are opened allowing for a color or clear protective sealant to be applied.

Unsanded grout is generally used for tighter...

0 0
0 0

So, I've been thinking lately about serializing/remoting object graphs. The entity framework currently serializes an entire object graph when binary serialization is used but only serializes one entity at a time in XML/DataContract scenarios. I'm working on a sample designed to show how graphs can be serialized, and we're looking into ways to make this even simpler/more automatic. In the process, though, an issue has come up that has me concerned: What if the graph in memory can vary in size? Might you want to serialize only a subset of the graph, and if so how should that subset be specified? Would it always be the same or might you want to specify different subsets for different operations?

To give some context, let's take an example: Assume we have a model with Customers, Orders, OrderLines and Products. Now let's assume that the reason we're serializing things is that we have a web mehtod which returns a customer. With the EF today and a method that just directly...

0 0

At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at...

0 0

Grout is a funny name for an important product.

It is the sealing agent that fills the gaps between tiles.

You see grout on a tiled floor, back splash, shower, and counter tops. If grout gets dirty and dingy, the whole room looks like it’s not clean. But when your grout is clean, the whole room shines bright.

I remember when we were moving into our new house, I was so excited (still am, I love my house). I decided I was going to clean the grout first and have everything just the way I wanted –clean, fresh and ready for its new inhabitants.

The cleaning was going great until I got to the bathroom and started cleaning the counter. I thought the grout was a darker color to contrast the lighter color of the tiles. Not really.

I was doing some heavy duty cleaning and the grout was actually lighter than I thought - which was okay, I still liked it - but it just wasn't what I had expected.

Has this happened to you? You move into a new home...

0 0
July 11, 2017 5 Technician did a great job. Kenneth, B - Tucson, AZ July 11, 2017 5 The technicians were outstanding. They arrived before 9 a.m. When I scheduled afternoon so we were not quite ready for them but all went well. Mose, W - Garfield Heights, OH July 11, 2017 5 Mr. Taylor was a great professional- did a nice job, thoroughly done in a efficient manner. Thank you! William, D - Chicago, IL July 11, 2017 5 The technician was...
0 0


Do a preliminary clean. Before you get down to the deep cleaning methods, it is necessary to do a regular clean up of your tile. Follow your regular cleaning process of wiping down counters or sweeping and mopping floors. This will get all the top layer of scum off, and make your work a bit easier.


Create your solution. In a bucket or large bowl, mix 7 cups of warm water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia, and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Allow all the ingredients to mix completely, so the baking soda is dissolved.


Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Keeping this in a spray bottle will make it easy to mist the dirtiest areas specifically, and for storage. Fill your spray bottle completely, and then shake the solution well.


Spray the grout. Start on a small area, only as large as 1-2 square feet total. Spray your cleaning solution over the grout so it is dampened. Allow the mixture to set for 3-5 minutes to...

0 0
0 0

We Clean for Your Health

One of the nicest touches to the basic architectural components of a home is ceramic or stone tile in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and even outdoors. It’s hard to go wrong with tile. It’s durable, long-wearing, and looks great. A stone tile floor in the entryway immediately adds an air of class in a home, and there’s nothing quite like a stone patio in the backyard to host a barbecue for family and friends.

Unfortunately, tile and stone are not immune to the unhealthy elements that are in and around your home. Over time, dirt and grime build up in the porous surfaces of your stone, tile and grout flooring, turning them into a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria. Especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen, where germs can run rampant, it’s important to do everything you can to cut down on the spread of bacteria. While regular sweeping and mopping are helpful at keeping excessive build-up at bay, those don’t deliver the deep...

0 0

When you glance at your tile and grout around your home, do your eyes immediately see nothing but dirt, grime and discoloration? If so, we can lend you a hand with our team at Coit tile and grout cleaning Houston. We are trained to take on the task of cleaning tile grout with a professional approach, using the industry’s most powerful equipment to literally blast away even the toughest of stains.

Our grout cleaners use our grout cleaning machine to aggressively attack dirty and discolored countertops, floors and showers. Thanks to the power of a high pressure rinse and a specialized heated solution, our Houston technicians can go way beyond your typical spray and scrub that most people try on stubborn tile and grout lines.

Coit Tile and Grout Cleaning Services – What Should You Expect with a Single Treatment?

You won’t have to scrub your tile and grout on your hands and knees anymore; our professional equipment takes care of that for you!Built up bacteria, mold,...
0 0

Tile and grout are notoriously difficult to clean. Every homeowner (and business owner!) knows that regular mopping, home tile cleaners and home grout cleaning methods just don't do the trick, especially if you're trying to eliminate stubborn dirt that has settled on tile surfaces or deep into grout lines. Call COIT, and we'll come to the rescue! COIT's professional Tile Cleaning and Grout Cleaning process will keep your tile surfaces, grout lines and countertops clean and fresh. We can boldly go where bottled cleaners and household mops have never gone before!

What makes tile cleaning and grout cleaning (including colored grout cleaning) so difficult? Dirt and contaminants build up over time, making your tiles look dull, and causing grout to darken and appear discolored. Home cleaning methods simply can't get at the built-up, ground-in dirt that has settled in hard-to-reach places. Dirt trapped in the pores of tile and grout is especially difficult to remove with...

0 0

Removing grout using a Dremel 300(400 XPR, 200 Series) Rotary Tool and a bit #569

Removing old grout can be a messy and time-consuming job but with a Dremel rotary tool it's much quicker and easier. For this project we'll be using a Dremel 300 series tool, the grout removal attachment and a #569 bit. You can also use the Dremel 400 series XPR and 200 series tools.

After your bit is inserted, screw on the grout removal attachment and set your tool to speeds anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 RPMs. The angle of the grout removal attachment will let the bit work at it's peak performance. Using the pulling motion, work the bit through the old grout, being careful not to make the knick the tile. There are two guide points on the attachment that will help keep you between the tiles. To remove even greater depth of grout adjust the guide to a greater depth on your second pass. To remove grout from a corner you'll also need to also remove the grout removal attachment. Be sure not...

0 0

WARNING: Gross mildew pictures ahead. If you are eating or are overly sensitive to disgusting things, you might want to skip this post.

For awhile now, I’ve been really discouraged about my shower.

You know you try this product or that to clean it, but it just NEVER looks clean? Well, that’s why I got it into my head about a week ago to re-grout and re-caulk the entire thing. A little background, about me. I’m not a DIY’er. I usually leave tasks that involve trips to the Home Depot or power tools to the Husband. But I thought, “Angela, why don’t you do this yourself? It will be good for you. You might just learn something.” So that is exactly what I did.

I debated calling this post “How to re-grout your shower,” but it’s more “How I re-grouted my shower.” I’m not a pro (as you’ll soon discover), but my goal here today is to inspire you to take up a task or two around the house you’ve been putting off. It might not be so scary/hard/expensive as you...

0 0