For those worried that repairing their tile grout will be time-consuming or difficult, just follow our inexpensive, easy DIY guide and learn how to give your bathroom or kitchen tile a brand new, fresh look!
Materials and Tools
- Grout and grout sealant
- Round dowel
- Painter’s tape
- Dry towel
- Grout float and grout saw
- Cleaning gloves
- Eye protection
Match Grout Color
The process of regrouting tile is not necessarily complicated, but matching your grout’s color is a bit harder, often requiring that you go through various sample chips to find the nearest match. If your chosen color ends up being darker than the original color, try lightening your new grout through the use of more water upon mixing. However, if your chosen color is lighter than the original, try using less water. Also, remember to always have eye protection while removing the old grout.
Types of Grout
Grout is often available as unsanded or sanded, and you should choose your grout type based on your tile joints’ width and where this repair is taking place. Concerning the space in between your tiles, if said space is 1/8-inch-wide or smaller, use unsanded grout, and use sanded grout when greater than 1/8-inch-wide. It’s also important to note that you should use sanded grout for metal, marble, or glass tiles, as the sand may scratch the tile’s surface. Acrylic latex grout is also fairly easy to use, but it does require sealing. On the other hand, epoxy grout can be especially resistant to staining and does not call for sealing, but it’s harder to apply.
Repairing the Grout
- To begin, clean up your broken grout areas using a one-part water, one-part vinegar mixture.
- Using your grout saw, remove the damaged or loose grout, but be careful to avoid chipping the tile. Make sure to remove all debris between your tiles.
- Moisten the tiles using water, and then take a few paper towels and absorb any water that tries or does puddle into the joints. If using epoxy grout, check that the tiles have fully dried before applying.
- Holding your grout float with an angle, begin spreading your grout and completely filling your joints. Clear excess grout away using diagonal motions with the float. When using epoxy grout, a nonstick, gumrubber float should work best.
- Once 15 or 30 minutes have passed, remove any excess grout using a moistened grout sponge. Remember to periodically rinse your sponge and moisten it using clean water. For epoxy grout, scrub pads might be necessary. Mist or drip some water on your joints before scrubbing the tile lightly. Wipe away the haze with one sweep of a damp, clean sponge.
- Following your grout’s manufacturer’s instructions, let the grout firmly set. Let it dry till a haze has appeared on your tile before polishing it with a clean towel.
- If needed, try using a haze remover for removing any leftover residue.
- For acrylic latex grout, use the sealant once the grout has completely dried. Note: If your grout keeps chipping or cracking after being repaired, the tile’s underlayment could have been subject to moisture or could be uneven. If either is the case, a professional should check your underlayment and, if necessary, repair it.
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