by Ali Ahmad
Posted on 2019-11-14 13:14:25
So here it goes, my first ever blog. I’m by no means a professional, I’m just a housewife mother of three kids on a budgetJ. It’s been a few years since we moved in and decorated our beautiful house. I noticed the floor tiles we have in our hallway and dining room (porcelain tiles), the grout between the tiles have discoloured and started to chip away. This just made my flooring look old and dingy. My hubby was convinced we had to change all the tiles but after a bit of research and watching you tube video. I decided to re-grout my tiles to make it look fresh and brand new as the tiles itself were in good conditions.
This process was relatively easy and I was very happy with the outcome (including the price). So really this process is a 2 step process.
STEP 1 – REMOVE OLD GROUT BETWEEN TILES
First I removed the old, tatty grout. I personally manually removed the grout using a grout rake which to be honest took a few hours and my hands were hurting. Other, quicker options are you can buy an electric grout remover which would be much easier and would need less time but I was on a budget. As you grind the grout it gets a bit dusty. So make sure to hoover the debris as you go along so the dust doesn’t spread. Alternatively you could use plastic sheets.
As it gets a bit dusty, you should wear a face must to avoid inhaling the dust and if using the manual method make sure to wear some rubber/thick gloves to protect your hands to reduce the friction, as after a while it can cause blisters (as I learnt…..’ouch’).
When using the grout rake, make sure to rake in one directions and rake away from the edges/corners to prevent chipping the corners. This requires a lot of patience.
Once you have removed all the grout between the tiles, prepare the tiles for the grout mixture. Make sure the entire area is thoroughly cleaned and dry, remove all dust and debris. Vacuum the entire area thoroughly to remove all dust and debris.
STEP 2 – APPLY GROUT BETWEEN THE TILES
First thing you need to do is choose which grout mixture you’re going to use. You need to think about the colour, durability, water proof, mould/stain proof and whether you want to use a ready mixed grout or a powder grout which you’ll need to mix.
I used a ready mixed grout just for convenience. I placed a generous amount of grout on to my float and pushed into the joints between the tiles firmly. Placing the grout at an angle (45 degree angle), I removed any excess grout. Make sure you apply in different directions to ensure the joints are fully filled. Work systematically from one end of the flooring to the other end, so you’re not walking over the freshly laid grout.
REMOVING EXCESS GROUT / CLEAN UP
Once you have filled all the joints between the tiles, damp a large sponge and wipe carefully over the tiles to remove excess grout. Make sure the sponge is not too wet, as it will remove fresh grout from the joints. Move in circular motions and rinse the sponge as you need. A little bit of elbow grease is needed at this point. Don’t worry about the haze on the tiles that gets cleaned at the end. Again work systematically from one end of the flooring to the other end moving from one tile to another.
After about 10min, once the grout has dried a bit, finally buff and polish the tiles. Use a dry, soft cloth to buff the tiles and remove any haze on the tiles. I then went over the tiles with a floor wipe (any floor wipes will do) this helped bring back the shine to my tiles.