The tile and grout industry has increased over the years. It is due to the benefits of tile and grout, such as durability and aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, with time, it can compromise the beauty of tiles and grout due to dirt buildup, mold or mildew growth, cracked tiles, or discoloration.
Grout is a barrier to fend off water infiltration, dust buildup, and debris intrusion between tiles. With time though, the repeated use of cleaning items or even mold/mildew development can lead to discoloration in your grout lines. A tiled area with dull old grout is unsightly; however, you can rectify this issue without having to replace the tile entirely. You can eliminate old grouts and make space for new ones within two days – It’s both hassle-free and budget-friendly!
Before starting the grout removal and installation process, collect all of the necessary tools at your disposal.
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Glasses with safety lenses
When removing old grout, it is essential to protect your eyes from any debris that it could create. A power tool can help you extract small amounts of cement. However, there is a risk of tiny fragments flying into your eye and causing serious harm or even permanent damage – which makes protective equipment such as glasses an absolute must-have.
A multi-tool oscillating or rotary hammer
These tools come in handy when it comes time to remove the old grout. The oscillating multi-tool is perfect for smaller areas, while a rotary hammer can help with larger sections of tile and grout. They make removing old grout easier as they vibrate and cut through the cement lines.
Screwdriver with a flat head
As the name suggests, this tool is perfect for removing old grout in tight corners or areas a power tool can’t reach. It’s important to note that this tool should be used carefully and cautiously, as pressing too hard may cause damage to the surrounding tiles.
Knife with dull blades
Dull utility knives help to cut out old grout lines and make space for the new grout. Make sure to use a slow and steady sawing motion when using this tool, as too much force may cause damage or breakage of tiles.
Using a vacuum
When removing grout, it is essential to use a shop vacuum or any hose attachment. It collects all the dust and debris generated by the power tools.
With the necessary materials, you can relish a fresh and brand-new grout with just a handful of effortless steps.
Step 1: Wear your safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself from debris.
Step 2: To start, use an oscillating or rotary tool to loosen the grout lines. Ensure you keep it in water every so often to cool off the blades and avoid accidental tile damage. It will make taking out dry grout lines simpler and less time-consuming.
Step 3: For small corners and spaces, use a flat-head screwdriver. For larger ones, rely on the help of a dull knife. Carefully scrape off the grout to avoid breaking your tiles due to the extra pressure applied while scraping.
Step 4: Clean up any dust and debris with a vacuum before you begin the installation of your power tool. It will ensure that no particles are left behind, allowing for a smooth process.
Despite our best efforts, hiring a professional for tile and grout removal is still advantageous. The professionals have experience in all types of material removals and know how to install new materials that will last long-term properly. Moreover, they come prepared with specialized cleaning solutions, expediting the process without hassle!
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