Back to square 1: How to remove paint from grout and tile


Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Sandra Powell 12 Comments


I spent today getting back to square one in the laundry room.
Romove paint from tile and grout -before-after
Not square 1 really– just back to where I was before I spilled a half gallon of paint on my floor, spread it out by using the foor as a paint tray, letting it dry and trying to scrap the paint out of the grout.  (Didn’t work.)

Paint on the floor, paint on the floor..

 

I had some orange paint stripper in my garage so I thought I’d give that a try.  Spread it all over with my chemically protected gloved hands — and let it sit for 30 min.

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Then I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed with an steel bristled brush.

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It looked like it was working so I cleaned up that goop with paper towels and then put a little more orange stuff on the spots that I’d missed.   This is the point I got excited that it was working!

 

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Scrubbed and wiped some more and rinsed and wiped and repeated a few more times.  YES!

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My house smells like an orange juice and chemical plant.  But — DogGonit my tile and grout are clean!    Protected my lungs, eyes and hands with serious gear — ’cause I’d like to keep them working well for as long as possible!

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I still HATE the grey grout with this tile and am going to change it.  I just didn’t want to change it with globs of high gloss paint.

Has anyone had any luck painting grout a color they WANTED to paint it?  That’s what I’m planning!





















12 thoughts on “Back to square 1: How to remove paint from grout and tile

  1. Greg Hastings says:

    For small grouting areas like this, get a grout saw for a few bucks. It looks sort of like a screwdriver with a box cutter blade on the end and you can remove all the old grout in about an hour. Not a lot of fun but a it’s good cardio workout and then you can put in whatever color you want without having to try to stain or paint it.