How Do I Regrout My Tiles?
Over time you may notice that your grout has become grubby or had started to diminish. All this means is that your tiles need a little bit of TLC, and this is something you can do on your own if you fancy yourself a skilled DIY-er. Regrouting tiles gives your bathroom or kitchen a new lease of life by giving it that freshly installed look. We’re here to help explain how you can revamp your tiles easily by simply regrouting.
|Materials • Grout • Sealer/Grout Protector||Tools • Mixing Bucket • Bucket Trowel • Grout Rake with spare blades • Grout Float||Safety • Dust Mask • Latex Grip Safety Gloves • Safety Goggles or Glasses • Dust Sheet|
When getting ready to regrout make sure you have put your dust sheet down and if you’re regrouting in a bathroom put all of the plugs in the drains. This will stop dust and old grout from settling in those hard to reach places and keep your room clean.
Removing Old Grout
Using the grout rake, begin the remove all of the old grout in the joints. This job can be fairly physically difficult, so the spare blades may come in handy should the blade break or become blunt under the pressure. Always drive the blade one way, work in the direction of the hooks on the blade to get every last bit of old grout. Once you’ve done this, use a damp sponge to pick up any remaining material and dust.
Applying The New Grout
In the bucket, mix the grout following the guidelines on the packaging, and place a dollop onto your grout float. With the float, start to apply to grout to the joints between the tiles. The rubber side of the float will help to press in to those joints easier. Make sure you have wiped away any excess grout using a sponge as you work.
When you have filled all of the joints wipe down the surface with a damp sponge that has been soaked in cold water. Leave the grout for around 10-15 minutes so that it sets and then give the surface another wipe down with the cold, damp sponge. This removes any residue, so make sure you are cleaning the sponge to make sure you aren’t just spreading left over grout. Once the grout is dry, use a soft, clean cloth to buff up the tiles.
And that’s all it takes to breathe life back in to your tiles! It’s important to make sure you look after your tiles, including the grout. Negligence can cause mould growth or dirt build up within the grout lines, so ensure you are cleaning them properly to increase their life. If you’re unsure or worries about regrouting yourself, we would always recommend consulting a specialist or professional to do the job for you to a high standard. View our range of grouts here to start your project today!