Bathrooms and kitchens are perhaps the most used rooms in the home − they are also subject to excess heat, moisture and stains because of how they are used. That’s why over a prolonged period, tiles and grout in bathrooms and kitchens can start looking discoloured and unsightly − especially if homeowners neglect caring for their wall tiles properly. Applying fresh grout has an uncanny knack for making timeworn wall tiles look fresh and upgraded almost instantly. Whether you have ceramic or porcelain tiles in your bathroom or kitchen, follow these simple steps to upscale the look of your wall tiles with fresh grout application.
Before getting started on grouting wall tiles, you will need to gather the proper tools and equipment to complete the job efficiently. You will need clean water, grout mix, a bucket to mix grout, a putty knife, a grout float, a grout sponge and a grout saw. All the materials you need for grouting wall tiles should be available at your nearest home improvement store.
Remove Old Grout and Mix New Grout Thoroughly
Using the grout saw, remove any residual and damaged grout as much as possible, before proceeding with the re-grouting process. Make sure that all the loose grout has been completely taken out to apply the new grout seamlessly. Remember not to apply too much pressure while trying to remove the grout, as you may mistakenly damage or chip the adjacent tiles. When mixing new grout, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reach the desired consistency. Always start by using smaller quantities of water for mixing the grout in a bucket and add more water gradually when needed. This will help ensure that the grout doesn’t become too runny with excess water — runny grout is unlikely to hold on the wall tiles effectively.
Apply the mixed grout on the wall tiles using a putty knife. You will need to ensure that you fill in all the empty spaces completely. Use the grout float to remove the excess grout from beyond the grout lines. Let the grout dry along the lines for a few hours. Once you have allowed the grout to dry completely, you may dip a sponge in water and wash off the excess grout from the wall tiles and other areas for a thoroughly neat finish. Ensure that you wring the sponge thoroughly, because excess water can weaken the grout and dislodge the wall tiles.
Applying grout to wall tiles in bathrooms and kitchens on your own is a lot simpler than you think. If you follow these simple steps, your wall tiles will have a new-looking appearance almost instantly. If, on the other hand, you would like to replace your wall tiles, then contact a company like Herrmann Tiles.