Cleaning and Redoing Grout

by Lawton Brothers | Aug 16, 2021

Tile is a popular choice for floors, walls, and a variety of other surfaces thanks to its durability and versatility in style. In most instances, tile is laid with a few millimeters of space in between, where the grout can be seen. Over time, the grout can become dirty and worn, causing the entire surface to look dingy or old. The easiest way to revamp your tiled spaces is to clean or redo the grout.

Cleaning Grout

Especially when it comes to floors, it’s safe to assume that the grout is simply dirty. There are a variety of grout and tile cleaners on the market, many of which are environmentally friendly. However, depending on the severity, you may be able to color the grout. If the grout color is faded or outdated, you can apply a grout colorant directly to your existing grout. While this is not a difficult process, it is time-consuming and will only work if your grout is porous (most are) and your tile is nonporous.  Where possible, consider using a darker grout color to prevent obvious staining. 

Replacing Grout

Similar to cleaning grout, redoing grout is fairly simple and doesn’t require any special skills. Replacing grout takes approximately three hours (for the size of a kitchen backsplash of 16 sq ft) and is only a two-step process. 

Step one: remove the old grout from seams and between tiles with an oscillating tool and some manual scraping. This part can be quite messy as dust is thrown into the air. Make sure to use safety goggles, a dust mask, and a shop vac throughout this process. You may also consider hanging a plastic sheet (or shower curtain) around the work area to catch and help confine the dust. 

Step two: Mix the new grout (according to the instructions) and apply it using a grout float. Clean up the excess wet grout with a moist sponge and once it dries you can wipe away the residue. 

Give us a Call

Cleaning and redoing grout can revamp your space and save a lot of money – especially compared to the cost of re-tiling. As your local janitorial supply company for over 75 years, our professionally certified staff are always happy to help, so give us a call today at: 800.432.0813. From products and supplies to equipment and training, Lawton Brothers has you covered.

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