When you first lay your tile, you probably admire how crisp and clean everything looks. Your grout lines make a definitive line between each piece, creating a seamless design. Yet, over time, this doesn’t always stay the same. With wear and tear, grout lines can go from adding to your design’s appearance, to hindering it. For this reason, it’s important to always check-in on them, and when need be, regrout tile.
If you’ve come to this post today, our guess is that you’ve noticed the above, and are in the business of regrouting. We also guess that you haven’t a clue where to start.
Rest assured, you’re in the right place and we have a full guide to help you out. You will get a step-by-step instructions on exactly the right way to make your tile’s grout pop again. The best part? It’s actually not as hard as you may think.
Let’s get into it.
Step 1. Prepare The Area
The first step in making sure that the regrouting process goes underway correctly is to ensure that you’re perfectly prepared. This means, gathering the proper equipment for the job.
You’ll need the following:
> A pair of goggles / Face mask
> A grout saw or utility knife
> A chisel
> New grout mix
> Tile Sealant
> Household Cleaner
>Rubber Grout Float
> Sponge and Paper Towels
Step 2. Extract Old Grout
Once you’ve set everything up, it’s time to go ahead and chip away at the old grout. To do this, you’ll want to use the utility knife or grout saw, and the chisel you have on hand. Tap along the old grout lines, being sure not to touch the tile, and chisel away until you remove the top layer of the grout. You’re officially one step closer to getting your regrout on.
Step 3. Clean And Pre-Seal
This step consists of two different parts. The first part of this step requires that you clean away any of the old grout that you dug up, allowing for a clean palette. The second part of this step is using a pre-grouting sealer to protect the tiles and keep things smooth. You can grab our sealant here.
Step 4. Regrout Time!
Now that the stage is set for the new grout, it’s show time. To start, mix together the grout you have with water in a bucket, and get ready to apply it to the tile. Don’t worry if it gets on the tiles, you’ll be cleaning it in the next step. Just make sure that you go over the same area a few times to eliminate any air bubbles that may form or spots that aren’t full enough.
Step 5. Clean The Surface
Smudges of grout everywhere? No problem. Take the rubber grout float and move it diagonally across the tiles to remove the excess.
Step 6. Wait
Once you’ve applied the grout perfectly, and removed the initial excess, all you have to do is wait 10-15 minutes for the grout to set. Then, clean the surface with a slightly damp sponge. Allow the grout to dry for about a day or a day and a half for best results.
Step 7. Finish With Caulking The Joints
To almost wrap things up, you’ll want to go over the grout lines and caulk the gaps between the tiles.
Step 8. Seal The Lines!
Lastly, and most importantly, seal the grout lines to make sure that your hard-work lasts until next go.
Now that you have all the steps, you’re ready to go ahead and conquer your regrout project! In case you’re still confused, you should enlist the help of a professional contractor. If you’re ready to go, check out all of our tile sealants and grout options below.