The Best Tools For Effortlessly Removing Tile Grout

Say goodbye to dull, stained tile grout with our handpicked selection of grout removal tools.
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Removing grout from your tiles isn’t the most enjoyable of DIY tasks but it’s made much easier when using a grout removal tool. Whether you intend to use a rake (as shown above), scraper, dedicated electric tool or even an oscillating multi-tool, each is up for the challenge.

To help you choose a suitable grout removal tool for your bathroom or kitchen tiles, our hand-picked selection features top-performing tools chosen through our first-hand experience with various grout removal tasks, testing and the latest research.

Acehome Pro Grout Scraping Rake
Best Rake: Acehome Pro Grout Scraping Rake
Vitrex VITGO200VT
Best Electric Tool: Vitrex VITGO200VT
XXGO Diamond Blades
Best For Multi-Tool: XXGO Diamond Blades
Draper 49420 Soft Grip
Best Quality: Draper 49420 Soft Grip Scraper
Vitrex 10 2420 Grout Rake
Best Budget Rake: Vitrex 2420 Grout Rake
Oypla Grout Out
Best Budget Electric Tool: Oypla Grout Out

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Grout Removal Tools

Over the years of maintaining multiple Airbnb’s and rental properties, we’ve had to remove a whole range of grout from tiles. The main reason for the removal is that the dirt or discolouration has been too much for grout cleaners to remove. Therefore, the best way to return the grout to its original form is to remove it and apply fresh grout.

Below are some photos we took whilst creating our guide on how to remove grout. As you can see, the results are instant and very clear to see. These results were also achieved by using a basic grout removal rake.

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To give you an idea of how easy grout removing tools are to use, below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing one of the tools.

As well as our experience in removing grout and testing a range of tools in the process, we also based our recommendations upon the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the tool type, ease of use, construction quality, effectiveness, availability of parts (i.e. blades), warranty and value for the money.

The Best Grout Removing Tools

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1. Best Rake: Acehome Pro Grout Scraping Rake

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Using a grout rake as a tool to remove grout is by far the cheapest option and the Acehome Pro rake is by far the best option to consider. Not only is it very affordable but it’s built to last and comes with multiple replacement blades.

In terms of the blades, they are constructed of tungsten carbide and they are specifically designed to remove grout.

Pros
  • Professional quality at an affordable price
  • Desirable angled handle design
  • Supplied with 6 replacement blades
  • Blades are very easy to remove (two screws holding them in place)
  • Anti-slip finger groove upon the handle
Cons
  • Requires a lot of manual labour, which may not be suitable for large areas of grout

To conclude, the Acehome Pro rake is by far the best grout removing tool for the money and it certainly won’t disappoint. The fact that it comes with 6 replacement blades means that it should be able to remove a lot of grout.

2. Best Electric Tool: Vitrex VITGO200VT

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If you would prefer to use an electric power tool to assist with removing grout, the Vitrex brand has the answer. The VITGO200VT is their dedicated electric tool for removing grout and it has a choice of 3 speeds that you can select upon the tool and 2 interchangeable tips supplied in the box to best suit your requirements.

Pros
  • Manufactured by a reputable brand
  • Supplied with interchangeable grout removing tips
  • Delivers 7,100 strokes per minute
  • Pneumatic action with a choice of three speeds
Cons
  • During testing, we found that it was very noisy (which was further amplified in a small bathroom)

For making the removal of grout slightly easier than manually raking it out, the Vitrex VITGO200VT is the perfect solution. Although it’s a relatively basic tool, it’s cheap and built by a reputable brand for peace of mind.

3. Best For Multi-Tool: XXGO Diamond Blades

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Multi-tools are very versatile and as long as you are confident using them, you can use the tool to remove grout. However, to remove grout, you’ll need to use the correct blades and the XXGO brand has the answer with their 4-piece blade set. In terms of the blade’s compatibility, the brand state that they can be used with most multi-tools.

Pros
  • High quality diamond construction
  • Suitable for most multi-tools
  • Can be used to grind other materials
  • Very effective upon both floor or wall grout
  • Supplied as a 4 piece blade set
Cons
  • Requires a multi-tool, which many people not everyone owns
  • May not be suitable for thin grout

As long as you already own a high-quality multi-tool, using dedicated grout removing blades is a great option to consider. Although expensive, they’ll effortlessly grind through the grout with ease, which makes it ideal for large areas. It’s worth pointing out that many multi-tool blade sets already come with blades for grout, so before you buy another blade, it may be worth checking your current blade set.

4. Best Quality: Draper 49420 Soft Grip Scraper

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Draper is a brand that is known for its high-quality tools and the 49420 Soft Grip Scraper is a great example. It features a 4.9mm tungsten carbide blade that has been zinc plated to prevent corrosion and further improve its longevity.

Pros
  • Soft grip for additional comfort (we appreciated this during testing)
  • Zinc plated and made to the highest of standards
  • Designed and manufactured by a reputable UK brand
  • Larger tungsten carbide blade when compared to other tools
Cons
  • Far more expensive than other rakes or scrapers

Although expensive, the Draper 49420 Scraper is a professional-grade tool that’s built to the highest of standards. Unlike the cheaper alternatives, you’ll easily be able to achieve multiple years of usage with this tool.

5. Best Budget Rake: Vitrex 2420 Grout Rake

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If you only need to remove a small amount of grout, you may be considering a budget grout rake. If that’s the case, the Vitrex 2420 is a great option to consider that’s still built by a reputable brand.

Pros
  • Tungsten carbide edged blade
  • Durable nylon handle with a textured grip at the top
  • One of the cheapest tools available on the market
  • Manufactured by a reputable brand
Cons
  • Only comes with a single blade (may be a "single use" tool)

For tackling a small area of grout in the cheapest possible way, the Vitrex 2420 is the best budget grout rake on the market. Although there are similar-priced rakes available, none are built by a reputable brand such as Vitrex.

6. Best Budget Electric Tool: Oypla Grout Out

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Another electric tool that you can use to remove grout is the Oypla Grout Out, which is a more affordable alternative to the Vitrex option listed above. In terms of its specification, it has a no-load speed of 6,000 RPM, which can be controlled using the 5 different stroke settings that can be selected on the tool.

Pros
  • Supplied with two interchangeable tips
  • Ergonomic grip for easy control and comfort
  • 5 stroke settings to tackle all types of grout
  • Features a long 2.5 metre power cable (most of the alternatives are much shorter)
Cons
  • Not as high quality as other electric tools

To conclude, the Oypla Grout Out is a great option to consider if you are on a tight budget but require an electric tool. The choice of 5-stroke settings makes it stand out from other tools at a similar pricing point and it won’t disappoint.

Conclusion

Removing grout can be very satisfying when using a suitable tool and regardless of whether you need to remove grout from floor or wall tiles, all of our recommendations are more than ideal.

If you require further information with regards to grout removing tools, feel free to get in touch and we will try to help out where possible.

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