Grout is a construction material used to embed rebars in masonry walls, connect sections of pre-cast concrete, which fills in the cracks between tiles, keeping them together and preventing damage to the sides of the tiles. Grout is generally composed of a mixture of water, cement, sand, often color tint, and sometimes fine gravel (if it is being used to fill the cores of cement blocks). It is applied as a thick liquid and hardens over time, much like mortar.
Sometimes there is no other option but to remove the old grout and replace it with new. One of the most common problems we see is cracking and flaking grout around wet areas such as baths, showers, basins, kitchen sinks etc. Problems can occur if not treated because water can soon seep into the cracks and corner joints and work its way into the wooden framing as well as the floor, causing irreparable damage to your home and making it damp and unhealthy. Addressing these problems right from the outset will not only solve the appearance issues with the grout but may also avoid considerable disruption and escalating repair costs in the future.
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So if your grout is looking cracked, powdery or damaged in any way, then the solution you should be looking for to restore those damaged areas is tile regrouting. Regrouting Grout Repair is a process used when existing grout is not appropriate for the application (very often the case in showers), when grout is cracked or powdery, or when damaged tiles are replaced. No job is too small or too large, and normally at a fraction of the cost of having a whole new set of tiles removed and replaced! After our technician has professionally installed the new grout we can add a layer of protection by either clear-sealing or color-sealing (upon request) to ensure you have maximum protection and peace of mind well into the future.
No matter how beautiful your tile is, if the grout is in bad shape it can make your bathroom look like it belongs in a 1950s motel. Most of the time, killing mildew and resealing the grout will cure the problem. But if the mildew persists or the grout is really shot, or if the grout has succumbed to the ravages of time and moisture, or if the grout is hopelessly stained, crumbling or missing between tiles making it look bad, allowing water, dirt and debris to accumulate and even damage the tile substrate. then it's time to re-grout! Re-grouting is the only way your tiles can look new again when the grout is severely damaged. Another reason to re-grout is to change to a different grout color when grout color sealing is not applicable.
If you have grout that's discolored but otherwise intact, you can often restore it with a grout colorant (Grout Color Sealer). In addition to brightening the grout, it helps seal against water, mold, mildew and stains. Grout colorant doesn't scrub off, and can be used on large areas or for small touch-ups. Grout Colorant is applied after thoroughly cleaning and drying the grout according to the directions on the product.
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Main varieties include urethane, cement-based or epoxy grout. There are a few tools associated with applying and removal of grout such as:
- Grout saw or grout scraper; a manual tool for removal of old and discolored grout.
- Grout float; A trowel-like tool for smoothing the surface of a grout line, typically made of rubber or soft plastic.
- Dremel grout attachment; an attachment guide used in a die grinder for faster removal of old grout than a standard grout saw.
- Grout sealer is a water based or solvent based sealant applied over dried grout that resists water, oil, and acid-based contaminants.
With time, grout can get dirty, especially the grout used around kitchen and bathroom tiles which are exposed to food, soaps, and lots of water. It is relatively easy to clean tile grout, especially when it is regularly maintained.
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