Grout can take away from the appearance of even the most beautiful tiles if it becomes discolored or damaged. Regrouting shower tile is a relatively simple process that can substantially improve the look of your tile. If you have never repaired or replaced the grout in between your tiles before, it may be wise to enlist the help of a professional regrouting service to ensure quality results.
When you decide to regrout your tiles, you may be pleased to find that you do not have to remove tiles during the process. You can start regrouting by cleaning the existing grout and removing any pieces that have come loose. Removing old grout before adding new grout can also prevent mold growth. You may need to use a variety of tools to pull up your old grout including chisels, hammers, and utility knives. You can then protect your tile with a tile sealant that will prevent your new grout from sinking below the surface of your tile. Let the sealant dry for 24 hours before applying new grout.
Application of Grout
Once your tile sealant has dry, you are ready to mix your new grout. Be sure to follow the instructions that the manufacturer offers to ensure that the grout comes out properly. Using a grout trowel with circular motions, apply Regrouting with a liberal amount of grout to the tiles. It helps to hold the grout trowel at roughly a 45-degree angle. Make sure you fill the grout joints but not the expansion joints between your tiles and doors, walls, and tubs. Remove any excess grout from your tiles and let your new grout sit for 10 minutes.
Use a damp sponge to remove grout residue and clean your tile surface. Continue to wet the sponge, wring it out, and repeat the process until you have removed all of the grout residue and haze. Make sure you do not step on the tiles for a day or two so it has time to properly cure.
If you need professional tile and grout cleaning, schedule an appointment with Seal Team One in Kirkland today!