• Regrout And Restore Your Tile Floors

  • Tile Flooring Myrtle BeachWhen your tile floors have reached its maximum lifespan where the dirt and scum have already seeped well through the grout, cleaning may no longer be an option. You may need to restore it to bring back its charm and attractive appearance. Do not worry, however, because restoring your tile flooring is different from restoring hardwood flooring and cabinets. Restoring tile flooring primarily requires regrouting.

    What is regrouting?

    Regrouting is a process of removing the old and worn out grout and replacing it with a new coat. This is usually done when the grout has been damaged or chipped. It can also be due to stubborn stains and grime that you could not seem to remove even with the use of the best and most advanced cleaners.

    Replacing your old and worn out grout will make your flooring look brand new even without replacing your tiles. You can choose to use your old tiles, especially if they are still in good condition or you can also choose to add a few colorful ones to change the look of your flooring.

    You can hire a professional to regrout your tile floors for you. Flooring Myrtle Beach can provide assistance with finding a professional to regrout your tiles. They can also assist with the selection and installation of new tiles should you decide this is needed.

    Steps in regrouting

    However, if you choose to regrout your tiles on your own, here is an easy step-by-step that you can follow.

    1. Choose the appropriate grout color –There is a wide range of grout colors available in the market today. You should choose the color that best matches the tile in the room that you are regrouting. You can also opt to bring a sample of your old grout with you when purchasing so you can be sure to get an exact match. This is especially true if you are regrouting only a small part of the room.

    If you are regrouting an area in the flooring where the grout is stained or damaged, make sure to get the same color of grout that has been used throughout the rest of the flooring. On the other hand, if you are regrouting the entire flooring in the room, you are free to choose a different color which will also help give the room a new look.

    1. Remove old and damaged grout –To do this, you will need a tile and grout saw or a utility knife and a chisel. Use the saw or knife to cut through the old grout and the chisel to remove it from the flooring. You can also use a hammer and gently tap the chisel on the old grout so that it will easily come loose.
    2. Remove all old grout debris –After removing the old grout, clean the area and the tiles. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove all debris. It is important that the tiles are left shiny and clean before you apply a new layer of grout. This will make your tiles look as good as new and will make it seem that you have installed new flooring.
    3. Properly mix grout –Be sure that you strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions in mixing grout, especially if this is your first time to do this. Although most grouts are mixed and prepared similarly, there are slight differences depending on the manufacturer and the specific type and color of grout. Remember that there are grouts that are required to be mix with latex to increase resistance to water. Thus, you need to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not want to mix grout, you can purchase a pre-mixed grout that is ready to be applied on your tile floors.
    4. Apply the grout –For this, you will need a float to properly apply the grout in between your tiles. It is important that you fill all spaces completely. Push the grout well inside the gaps between each tile to make sure there are no air pockets or spaces left without grout. Remember that these spaces are where moisture and, eventually, mold can develop.
    5. Wash the tiles –This step is necessary especially if you accidentally put grout on the tiles, which happens often. It is nearly impossible to regrout without accidentally splattering the tiles. Do not worry, however, because it is easy to remove excess grout. You can use the float to remove the excess grout in between tiles. For the splattered grout on the tiles, use a wet sponge to wipe away the grout. Be sure you do this as soon as you saw the splatter so it will not have time to harden, at which point, it will be difficult to remove.

    Call Flooring Myrtle Beach for help with selecting and installing your tile floor.


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