Regrouting ceramic floor tile isn’t the cumbersome chore you may believe it to be. As far as home improvement projects go, this is one of the easier projects for a novice to undertake. At the very least, it is much more feasible for the beginner than laying an all-together new ceramic tile floor.
Before you make the decision to regrout, your floor, you may want to see if simply bleaching the existing grout might be a viable option. This is not always the case but the time and labor it saves makes it well worth considering.
Once you’ve determined that the option of bleaching will not work for your floors it is time to move on to the actual work of regrouting.
The first thing you must do when regrouting ceramic floor tile is remove the existing grout. This can generally be accomplished with a rotary tool of some sort. I highly recommend the Rotozip as it has a grout removal bit that is ideal for this type of work. You can also use a utility knife (keep in mind that you are likely to go through several blades and very sore hands in the process), or a grout saw.
Once you have removed the existing grout from your floors it is time to get your hands dirty. This is typically when the real fun begins. You will need a tool called a grout float for this portion of the job. A grout float is a rather inexpensive tool that can generally be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.
It allows you to spread the grout evenly while forcing it into the creases or joints in the tile. You can manage this task by holding the float flat against your floor and moving it in a diagonal motion along the floors surface.
Once you’ve smoothed the grout around and into the cracks and crevices, you should notice that there is excess grout remaining on the surface of your tile. You simply use your float once again to sweep up the remaining grout by taking another pass in the opposite direction with the intention of picking up the grout rather than pushing it into the floor as before.
Once you have managed to grout your floor you should let it rest for about 15 minutes before going over the tile with a damp sponge. You will want to clean your sponge frequently and use this occasion to replace and fill in grout spots that may need a little extra care and attention along the way.
This is an important step in the process of regrouting ceramic floor tile and should not be overlooked. It allows you to catch flaws while there is an opportunity to deal with them gracefully and seamlessly.
When you’ve gone over your tiles with the sponge you should allow another hour for your grout to continue drying. After an hour has passed you should polish your tiles with a dry cloth in order to remove the grit that may have been left behind. Once the grout has fully dried you should use a product such as Aqua Mix grout sealer to protect your hard work and effort.
I bet you never realized how easy a task like this could really be. The great news is that you can pretend that it was a lot more difficult than it really was and have serious bragging rights at home. It might even be good for a nice long back rub when all is said and done.