How to Regrout Your Bathroom Tile
As a child I was always reminded to pay careful attention to details, because even the smallest of them are noticeable and can make a big difference. This wise, old saying is proven true in many bathrooms across America, if not the world – though I’m no expert in commodes across the sea.
Many proud owners of newly remodeled bathrooms can attest that even the most lavish , and are fit for a king, can quickly start looking like a stall in an old dive bar if the grout around your bathroom tiles becomes old, worn, and dark.
Unfortunately, while the process of grouting tile is relatively quick and easy – though messy – removing old, moldy grout is much more cumbersome. While some ‘as seen on TV’ ads might claim otherwise, there is no easy way to cut corners in this project.
Here are the supplies you will need for this job:
- A grout removal tool. You can use an old-school non-electric grout saw, or save yourself the sweat and shoulder ache by buying a dremel tool and a grout removal add-on. Work cautiously, as you can easily chip your tiles if you are careless.
- New grout. This isn’t just going to the store and buying the first or cheapest product you see. You must know the thickness of the space between your tiles, whether you want sanded or unsanded grout, dry-mix or pre-mixed, and carefully read the instructions of the products you consider, as they do differ greatly.
One of the most common causes for crumbling and ugly grout that too much water was added to a dry-mix product, so be careful.
- You will also need: a grout float, pointed trowel, rubber gloves, caulking, high-quality sponges, a hand tool like a screwdriver, and plenty of old towels or paper towels for cleaning up.
From here, the job is very straight forward, though messy.
- Use your grout tool to carefully remove all the old, excess grout from between your tiles. Anything that you can’t work away, carefully remove using the screwdriver or whatever tool you think would best fit the job.
- Follow the instructions on the grout product you purchased carefully. When the instructions tell you to apply the new grout, do so using the grout float.
- Again, check the instructions on your package, but give the grout about 20 minutes to dry, then wipe off all the excess before it sets using your sponges.
- After the grout has set, go back and apply caulking where your tile wall meets the bathtub, and in the corners where the walls meet.
- Finally, if you choose, a week later you can go back and protect your grout with a sealant product. This will help make your grout last longer.
Even if you haven’t just put in a brand new bathroom, having fresh, clean grout between the tiles will give the old one fresh, clean face lift that is sure to be appreciated.