Whoever grouted the tile in a shower at my parents house didn't clean the tile real good and now it has dried grout on the surface of the tile. Anyone have any suggestions on how to remove it with out the elbow grease I see in my future? Sandpaper, scouring pad, chemicals?
It depends on the grout that was used! If it is an epoxy grout you can pretty much forget about it! If it was just freshly done with a cement type grout and depending on any number of additives that are used, you may be abel to remove the grout! It will not happen with out labor intensive manual labor! You dont want to use steel as you most likly damage ceramic tile. Use those synthetic scrubbers (lots) with a piece of wood for backing and elbo grease! I have tackeled it before and it in most cases if the grout is completely cured and more so, if the tile has a texture, it's a nitemare! Thats a time and matierials job!
Go get some red oak 1x2's and rip them about 3/8 of an inch wide. Cut them about 8-10 inches long so you have sticks that are 3/4 x 3/8 x 8. Then use the sticks like you would an ice scraper on a windshield. Eventually, the sticks will wear down. When that happens, cut the tip off and get back to scraping.
The reason I recommend wood is because metal will mark the tile and wood is relatively cheap.
either all of the above or don't worry about it the groute will wear off the tiles eventially it may take a few months of use or so but i am a firm believer that the groute will wear off.. good luck kenny