Re-grout Instead of Replacing
If you are planning to replace your tile, you might want to
consider re-grouting first. Many times, old, dirty or damaged grout
detracts from the appearance of tile. Your tile may not need to be
replaced at all.
Re-grouting is not as difficult as you might think. It is
obviously easier and much less expensive than replacing tile.
Clean the Tile and the Grout
Start by cleaning the tile and grout. Scrubbing with a
toothbrush works great. If there is mold or mildew, spray the area
with bleach, let it set for an hour or two, scrub, and rinse
thoroughly. It is okay to leave the grout damp when beginning this
project. If there are any badly damaged or really dirty areas of
grout, scrape those sections away with a putty knife or paint
scraper. After a good cleaning, you may decide that re-grouting
isn't necessary. If it is, continue with the following steps:
Choose the Right Product and Prepare it Correctly
Make sure the grout you choose is the proper type for you
project. There are different types for walls, floors, showers, etc.
Consult with a service person from your local home improvement
center if necessary. You don't have to use the same color as the
original grout, but make sure you choose a color that works with
your tile and with the rest of your decor. Mix the grout precisely
according to the package directions.
Smooth the grout on generously with a trowel. Be sure to work it
into crevices carefully. Check for air bubbles or holes and go over
these areas until the joints between the tiles are completely
filled. As the grout begins to dry, wipe excess grout from the
tiles with a damp sponge and continue until tile is completely
clean. Allow the grout to cure completely before using the tiled
area. Apply grout sealer for protection. It will help your grout
stay looking fresher and cleaner for about a year. After that time,
clean grout thoroughly and reapply sealer.