Re grouting Bathroom Tiles For Beautifying Your Old Tiles
Grout lines are the week point of a bathroom tile installation. Even sealed grout attracts mildew and becomes discolored. When grout fails and begins to crack, water can seep into cracks and collect behind wall tiles, causing them to separate. And when that occurs in one tile, the adjacent tiles will begin to separate too. Fortunately, re-grouting bathroom tiles is a simple project you can do yourself and will keep your tiled walls looking their best.
Before you begin re-grouting, you have to repair or replace any loose or broken tiles. Scrape away ridges of old adhesive from wall and back of tile, apply new adhesive layer and reset tile. You also have to remember that grout, caulk, and sealant must cure anywhere from several days to a few weeks before using the shower or tub, so plan accordingly.
To get a safety project, you are recommended to wear safety goggles when working with grout, sealer, or caulk. Rubber gloves should be used. Properly ventilate work area.
First thing you have to do is you have to prepare some things you need in this project, such as: utility knife, awl or nail and dowel, razor knife, grout, sealer, sponge faced float or squeegee, bucket, toothbrush or striking tool, clean cloths, silicone caulk, caulking gun, and screwdriver.
Regrouting Bathroom Tiles
The Steps of Re-grouting Bathroom Tiles
- Remove existing grout. Scrape away the old grout using a utility knife or a grout saw. Use an awl or nail hammered into a dowel to remove grout from narrow spaces.
- Remove existing caulk. Using a razor knife, cut back old caulking from tile perimeter.
- Mix grout. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and mix enough grout to complete your wall. Some tiles need to be sealed to protect the finish before applying grout.
- Apply grout. Trowel grout across wall using a sponge faced float or a squeegee.
- Polish. When you have finished grouting joints, wipe away excess using a damp sponge. When a dry haze has formed, polish using a damp cloth. When grout has dried thoroughly, a sealer can be applied.
- Caulk. Seal seams around tub, corner joints, and edges where tile meets another surface using silicone caulk. Never use latex painter’s caulk for a tile job.
- Tool caulked areas. Use a toothbrush handle, gloved fingertips, or a striking tool to smooth the caulked areas. Allow all materials to cure for the period recommended by product manufacturers before using shower.
Bathroom Tiles Regrouting
Re-grouting bathroom tiles is must to do when your grout are being cracked. It needs to do not only for your convenience in your bathing session, but also for keeping your flooring durable for longer time.