You may have recently purchased a new home and noticed that the grout is showing some signs of wear and age. Over time, it is common for it to become stained, cracked, or loose. However, this is something that any homeowner can do themselves. It is a relatively easy process and the end result will be worth the time and effort you put into the job. Below is some information that Dean Graziosi believes will make the process of removing and replacing your existing grout much easier on you.
The first thing you will need to do is to remove the existing grout. You can do this by hand or use a more efficient power tool. Opting for the power tool option will make the task much easier and you will get done quicker than if you remove it by hand. You have many options available to choose from if you choose to use a power tool. You can fit an accessory onto your reciprocating saw that is specifically designed for the removal of grout. You can also choose an oscillating tool which are better designed for smaller jobs and provide you with a higher degree of control.
If you choose to go the old school way and use manual tools to remove your grout you will need a manual grout removal tool. There are typically two options to choose from, one looks similar to a screwdriver and has a triangular carbide blade on the end. To use this tool, you will simply pull the tool through the grout until you have removed at least 1/8 of an inch. The second tool that you can use is a carbide grit-edged blade, also known as a grout saw. To use this tool you simply cut like you would cut into wood.
Once you have removed the grout your next step is going to be mixing. There are a number of color options available for you to choose from, and it is highly recommended that you follow the instructions on the package to ensure that your grout is combined correctly. If you have thin lines in your tile, it is recommended that you choose an unsanded grout. Sanded grout is recommended for joints that are wider than 1/8”.
After you have successfully mixed the grout, you will then apply it using a grout float to push the mortar deep in the joints. You should hold your float at a 45-degree angle to wall or floor. After you have applied the grout, you need to clean off any excess grout before it hardens. To do this, you will need to use the grout float and hold it at an 80-degree angle to remove any excess grout from the surface of the tile. In conjunction with the grout float, you will need to use a damp sponge to wipe off any grout haze that may remain on the tiles. After you have removed the excess grout, you will need to allow the grout to harden for 24 – 48 hours.