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RE-GROUT BATHROOM & KITCHEN TILES
Today there are many ready-to-use grouting pastes which allow you to re-grout your tiles with ease. The standard grout is white, grey or brown, but there is also a range of coloured grouts to match or contrast with your tiles. Re-grouting your bathroom or kitchen tiles is made easy with the right tools and instructions.
REMOVING OLD GROUT
If you have recently discovered that your grout around your tiles has worn away allowing moisture into your wall and loosening the tiles, then it's time to re-grout your tiles.
Using a grout saw or utility knife, pry out the existing grout between the tile joints making sure not to chip or scratch the tiles. The adhesive will hold the tiles in place, but be careful not to use too much force as you may knock the tiles loose. Clean out the joints of all dirt and dust with a cloth then vacuum.
GROUT AND SEALER
Try and find a grout and sealer to match the existing grout color. If you're only grouting a small area, you can pick up a little container of premixed grout. For large areas follow the mixing instructions on the container.
GROUTING THE JOINTS
Work the grout into the joints with a grout float (Fig 2) - in a small area you can just use your finger. In wet areas, if grout lines have cracked there's a good chance that water has seeped through to the underlay. And if your underlay is drywall, there's probably some damage and it may need replacing.
Wipe off the excess grout in the joints using circular strokes with a sponge. Try and remain consistent with the existing grout levels when shaping the joints.Remove the grout left on the tiles. Allow your grout to dry.
Apply a solvent or water-based grout sealer to the joints (Fig 3). As long as the tile is glazed it's ok if you get some sealer on the tile surface, but you'll need to wipe it off before it dries.
• Bunnings also offer kitchen and bathroom tiling tool kits. • Glazed ceramic tiles only require grout joints to be sealed.
Fig 2. With a grout float, work the grout into the joints.
Fig 1. After regrouting, your tiles will be rejuvenated.
TOOLS • Grout saw or utility knife • Trowel • Screwdriver • Hammer • Cold chisel (remove existing adhesive) MATERIALS • Grout (pre-mixed grout) • Water SAFETY • Wear safety goggles when breaking tiles. • Always keep tools and materials away from children. • Read the instructions before beginning your project. • Vacuum • Grout float • Sponge
Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this guide is authoritative no legal liability is accepted for such information and advice.
For further expert advice consult the qualified team members at your local Bunnings Warehouse.