Removing Powder from Grout

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 23, 2015)

Have you ever noticed how, over time, all kinds of things can get trapped in the little nooks and crannies of tile, most particularly in the grouting? After all, it only makes sense right? The grouting lines are big enough to easily trap and collect things, like powder, but are fairly difficult to get items out of. That being said, removing powder from grout is something that you can do. However, it will take some work to do it properly. Here are a few methods that you can use.

Before you utilize any of these methods keep in mind some important safety information. It can be dangerous to work with certain cleansers, and even a little dangerous to remove any grouting. When working at removing powder from grout, be sure that you are cautious, and take all necessary safety precautions. This means that you follow any and all safety direction listed on the cleaners, and that you use all tools properly.

  • Elbow grease. Perhaps the most traditional method for removing powder from grout is to simply use a little bit of elbow grease. This will entail a lot of hard work, using stiff bristled brushes, and some strong cleaners. In addition, it could potentially require that you repeat the process several times before you can get all of the powder out. Do not get discouraged, while it can take a while to get all the powder out, it will eventually come out.
  • Muriatic acid. Create a mixture of de-mineralized water and muriatic acid to get that powder out of the grout. The proper mixture should be about 1 part muriatic acid to 10 parts water. As you are applying the mixture to the grout, be sure that you are wearing the proper protective gear (safety glasses and gloves) since you are working with acid. Apply the mixture to the grout with a tooth brush, and then allow it to sit for about 5 seconds or so. The grout may begin foaming, but don't worry, that is normal. After applying the cleaning mixture, and waiting, rinse the area thoroughly. Repeat as necessary to remove any and all powder that may remain. After the dirt and grime has been removed, be sure to reseal the grout.
  • Replace the grout. One method that you can use to ensure that you remove powder from grout, is to actually replace the grout. Since this type of home improvement project is usually more costly, time consuming, and involved it should be used as a last resort only. If you simply cannot get the grouting clean to your standards, then replace it.

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