Over time, grout between tiles will lose their original sheen and pristine appearance. Years of soap scum and resealing will have their effect on the grout and it may turn dirty. This is when you should begin bathroom remodeling plans to regrout your bathroom.
Regrouting is actually a lot simpler than you may think and your tiles are not likely to break as you do it. You start by removing the old tile grout using oscillating power tools along with a screwdriver. The next step would be to apply the dry grout mix with a trowel – be sure to get it in the seams and clean up the excess grout using a rubber float.
You cannot apply new grout over old grout. Time has likely taken its toll on the old grout and it has likely lost all porosity. It is always best to take out the old grout and begin anew.
Here are the tools you’ll need for your bathroom remodeling plans:
- Oscillating tool
- Flathead screwdriver
- Mini vacuum
- Safety glasses
- Large pails
- Sponges or rags
- Grout float
- Grout powder
- Grout haze remover
- Dust mask
Here are some tips to help facilitate the process:
- Be patient and let the oscillating tool remove the grout gently. Do not push it in too hard or else you may chip the edges.
- Use the screwdriver to dislodge any remaining grout.
- Use the mini vacuum often to keep the work area clean and manageable.
- Apply generous amounts of mixed grout upon the tile surface and use the float to squeeze them in and to remove some excess.
- Use moist sponges to take away the excess grout and make sure to squeeze all the water out. Rinse sponge and repeat.