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Nicotine Stained Grout - Whiten Or Renew?

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by youdontwanttodoitlikethat, 13 Jul 2019.

  1. youdontwanttodoitlikethat

    youdontwanttodoitlikethat

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    My daughter bought a small flat that was owned by a heavy smoker. The bathroom and kitchen tiles are only a few years old, and both the tiles and grout are in excellent condition. Only problem is the grout has been discoloured by the nicotine/smoke in the house.

    Is there a way to whiten the grout, or will it need to be removed and redone? If the grout needs removing, what's the best method? I have an oscillating multitool if that helps.

    Many thanks for any advice.
     
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    Have you tried sugar soap?
    I once tarted up a shower cubicle with a hand tool to remove ground and it was hard. I think dremel did a grout remover. A multitool might work. You can get hooked blades but I haven't seen them in a while

    You can also get grout whitener- like you did for white pumps back in the day
    It works, but not brilliant
     
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    Grout remover blade for multitool.
     
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    Thanks to both of you for your replies. Not tried the sugar soap yet, only just bought a box today from Toolstation. I assumed the grout being slightly recessed in a groove and not being a smooth surface would be very difficult to clean with sugar soap. I suppose I could try scrubbing with a nail brush.

    More than likely I will try the whitener as it seems less work. If that fails, get a grout remover for my multitool.
     
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