Handheld Grout Removal Tools 

If you just need to remove a small section of grout, say 10 inches, get a handheld grout removal tool.

This one by Kobalt runs you just a few bucks.


It uses a carbide saw blade to remove the grout.

Just be careful not to ruin the adjacent tiles with the blade.

All you do is start sawing the grout back and forth until 3/16 of an inch is removed. If you’ve got urethane based grout you just need to remove 1/16 of an inch.


This second handheld grout removal tool is also by Kobalt (and no, they’re not sponsoring this post…I just had the tool).


Again, you wedge the tool’s triangular blade in the grout. Then move it back and forth to remove the grout. Very simple.


You can also use these tools to remove thin-set or caulk.

Are these handheld tools great for small areas of grout removal?

You bet!!

And they cost less than $15. Which is even better for your wallet.

What tool should you use to remove grout if your project is say an entire shower?


Oscillating Multi-Tools (They’re BEASTS!)

I’ll say this right now: multi-tools aren’t cheap but they’re awesome!!!

And if you need to remove all of the grout in your shower there’s no better way to do it.

This multi-tool by FEIN is cordless and is called the MultiTalent.


No matter which multi-tool you choose make sure to get a carbide grout removal blade. This one is from FEIN and is the StarlockPlus carbide oscillating segmented blade.


These blades are typically $20-$30 but totally worth the money and can fit between a 1/16″ grout joint.