How to Regrout Tiles

If you have tiles in your home, you may find that you need to repair them when inevitable wear and tear occurs over time. This is not usual and regrouting can be done quickly and easily when you know. Plus, with a spot of DIY, tile regrouting can be achieved simply on a budget. Is your grouting looking worn and faded with grout missing and/or discoloured? If it is, be sure to follow this step-by-step guide to regrouting in order to keep your surfaces looking top notch.

What you will need

  •        Tile grout
  •        Grout remover
  •        Utility knife
  •        Grout applicator
  •        Silicone sealant

1) Preparation

Before you start the job, it is important to cut away any old caulking or grout using a grout remover with a carbide blade. For larger areas, opt for a rotary tool instead. When removing the grout, be sure to check that the bit of the tool is the right size for the gap between each tile and adjust it to a suitable depth. In addition, remove any cracked or broken tiles before replacing them with new ones, cleaning the tiled area when you have finished.

2) Applying the grout

Apply the grout to the grout applicator, and consult grout directions found on the packaging for details of how much to use.

Apply the grout to the tiles, making sure the grout is pushed into the joints. It is better to work on an area of around one square metre to begin with to assess the grout’s drying time. You can work on larger areas once this has been established.

Use your index finger or a grout finisher tool to smooth out the joints to give them a level and uniform finish – this should be done when the grout is still pliable but not wet.

Always remember to work in both directions when applying the grout to ensure that the grout fills the joints sufficiently, and clean off any excess grout with a damp sponge before it dries.

3) Applying the finishing touches

Wipe the tiles clean with a damp cloth, making sure that the freshly applied grout is undisturbed. Then polish the tiles with a cloth to spruce them up.

Finally, after grouting seal replaced edging tiles with a silicone sealant and appreciate the results!