How to Regrout Bathroom Tiles

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You can regrout bathroom tiles on your own quickly and easily so long as you have access to the right tools. Learn to regrout tile joins with help from an experienced construction professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development, Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York and this is how to regrout bathroom tiles. Okay folks I think one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is that they feel that they can just regrout over the existing grout. Grout has limitations just like anything else and really the way that the grout works is that it needs a surface area to adhere. There are times where I guess you can topcoat a grout joint but there has to be some sort of indentation already present. You might be able to fill up some crack although if you do have a crack I'd wonder why you have the crack. Is the tile loose or is there some inconsistency in the nicks of the grout originally when it was poured? So ideally you'd really like to remove the grout completely before installing any new grout. I've got this great tool. It's an oscillating tool. I think it makes, professionals use it and I think it makes homeowners, I think it's the greatest tool for homeowners to use actually. You start by removing the grout joint with the oscillating grinder. Once the grout joint is removed, you clean it with a grout brush. Make sure there's no powdery substance or any loose grout stuck within the joint and depending how tight the joint is, you know, you decide whether you want to use an eighth inch grout which is an unsanded form of grout or if you're going to beyond an eighth inch you have to switch over to sanded grout and that sand, that aggregate binds the grout together and allows for less shrinkage as well. So once that's decided you push the grout in with a float, clean it off in three different runs with a pretty dry sponge if you can, try to minimize the water usage so it doesn't break down the grout, clean it in one pass, two passes and the third pass is a final pass and you should be clean right down to a haze. Once the haze dries, you can take that off with a very damp or dry cloth. And that's how you regrout bathroom tiles. This is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development, Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York, helping you build a better life. We'll see you next time.

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