You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about your floor tiles, and you probably spend even less time thinking about the grout in between each tile that holds everything together. But just like any other part of your home, your floor tiles can wear down over time, most commonly due to broken or worn-out grout. If your floor isn't looking too hot these days and you feel your grout is to blame, here are some tips that might help.
Clean the Area
As grout wears down over time, some of it may become physically separated from the rest of your tiles. You'll see little flakes of grout that are loose in between each tile. Before you can treat the grout that remains, you'll want to get any of this broken grout out of the way. It can sometimes be difficult though to figure out just how much grout has actually broken off if you are also dealing with dirt and debris in between each tile. For best results, create a mix of vinegar and water. Use one part vinegar for every part water. Gently scrub in between each tile to clean the area and figure out just how loose or worn down the grout between each space really is.
Use a Grout Saw
Once the area is clean and all you have left to contend with is the worn-out grout, it's time to go to your toolbox. Get yourself a grout saw at any home improvement store and use it to saw off or remove any grout that is clearly no longer up to the task. This could be grout that is still technically attached to a tile but is clearly worn down or has changed colors over time. Be careful with the saw, as you don't want to accidentally remove any grout that is still doing its job.
Caulk It Up
After the decayed grout is gone, it's time to fill the space between each tile to get everything looking as good as new again. You will want to use caulk to manage this process. The exact type of caulk might depend on the color of your current grout or the new look you are going for. After you caulk each tile, let the area sit undisturbed for 36 to 48 hours.
You can remove old grout from your floor tiles and repair the area with some caulk, but for best results, you might want to contact an expert. Click here or visit other sites to learn more about grout repair.Share