How To Grout Your Bathroom

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Grout is the unsung hero of every bathroom.  Not only does it protect against moisture damage by keeping water from seeping into the substrate, but it also maintains the straight alignment of your tile and prevents them from rubbing together and cracking.

Despite its functional and aesthetic benefits, regrouting tile usually falls to the bottom of most to-do lists.

And when the problem can't be procrastinated any longer, most people will hire a professional due to a perceived lack of time and expertise.

So how can you avoid this dilemma? How can you regrout your bathroom promptly without the expense?

Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to grout your bathroom.

1. Choose and Prepare Your Grout

First, you'll need to purchase functional grout that complements your tile color. 

Epoxy grout is the essential choice, due to its water resistance and variety of colors. Click to learn about ePoxy grout and discover why it's the solution to your bathroom needs.

Follow all provided instructions for mixing your grout.  The final mixture should be soft and smooth, with just enough stiffness to keep it from pouring out of its container.

2. Remove Old Grout and Clean

Using a grout saw, remove old grout down to around half the depth of the tile.

Remove excess debris using a shop vac. Make sure all loose grout is removed from the joints to ensure smooth application of new grout.

Use a mildew remover to fully cleanse the joints in cases of repeated water exposure.

Rinse and wipe down tile surfaces with a dry cloth to remove remaining debris; soak up all standing water, but leave the joints slightly wet before grouting.

3. Apply Grout

Using a grout float, spread the grout diagonally across your tile, holding the float at a 45-degree angle.

Ensure grout is firmly pressed into the joints with the float, and repeat this process at least three times for the desired compaction.

Holding at a 90-degree angle, drag the float across the surface of your tile to remove excess grout.

Allow the grout to set for ten minutes.

4. Clean

Using a wet sponge, wipe off the remaining excess grout. There should be no grout above your tile after this step.

Then, use a dry cloth to remove the grout haze from the tile surface. 

It is important to complete the cleaning process while the grout is still slightly wet, otherwise, the cured grout will have to be removed with an abrasive.

5. Caulk Tub and Seal Grout

The joint where your tub meets the tile requires different treatment.

Because its weight is constantly changing, your bathtub can move and expand.  Caulk is an ideal sealant for this joint due to its flexibility, whereas grout does not adhere well to porcelain and cracks under pressure.

Once the caulk has been applied and smoothed, allow your grout to cure for two days.

Apply a grout sealer using any small brush or the provided sealer applicator.

How to Grout Without a Doubt 

Hopefully, these instructions taught you how to regrout tile.

Following these steps should allow you to apply grout successfully without consulting a professional, which saves valuable time and money.

So before it's too late, learn how to grout and give your bathroom the DIY treatment it deserves!

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