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Why pay a plumber or contractor to grout your bathroom when you can do it yourself? Get the basics on grouting your own bathroom with help from a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor from the city of Los Angeles. Today I'm going to show you how to grout your bathroom. We're standing in our shower and basically, whether it's new construction or regrouting, where you're going to remove all the grout, grouting a shower wall, shower floor, counter top, is basically the same. As far as removing goes, we've got special tools you can get at your local home improvement center in order to do that. These ones will remove it all, you know, it's just. That's removing. Or you could use a very small, pointy, sharp file, which would get in there and get it all out as well, or you could even use a dremel if you feel the need to do all of it. Or if this was a brand new shower, where all these joints would be wide open, grouting is the same application when it comes time to grouting. Basically what you want to do is you want to get your grout float and you just want to scoop it up and you're just going to put it in between the joints. This thing basically just presses inside your grout joints and just gets in there. You know, you don't want to mix up more than you're going to use. But you just want to spread it all over. Do not worry about getting it on the tiles because that will be the clean up process. And you just want to get it in there, set your pan down, and just let it get in there. Got to get it in pretty hard so it gets pushed all the way back down to the thin. Focusing on obviously just the joints only. Just press it down. If you have to finger it in there, finger it in there. Smear it all over. Get it all over the joints. Because you can see, I've hit this whole area, I'm satisfied that all the joints are filled, then I'm going to take my sponge with the clean water, and you just want to keep wiping. Getting all the excess out. This takes several times. Just keep wiping it down till all that grout is off the tile. And after you get it all off, after you have appeared to gotten it all off, after it dries, you are going to come back and find a white film that is basically just dried grout. As you can see it does take several times to get all that off there. Making sure you keep an eye on your grout lines. And if you see any areas where it looks like the grout has lifted, you can just dip your finger in your grout pan and just kind of finger it in as necessary. Kind of like that. Here I'll show you. Pretty much nothing to it. After I got it all wiped down, like I said earlier, you're going to come back in a few hours and you're going to see that white film that's on there and the procedure for taking that off is basically the same thing. It's just a good, clean sponge and your water, clean water, and you just want to wipe down all the haze until it's gone. It's going to take several times before it all comes off. Let's not get too frustrated because you think you got it and come back and it's still there. After you've cleaned the haze off, the grout is dried for at least 24 hours. If you don't want to get a can of grout sealer. And you're going to want to basically just squirt it. I'm going to show you, but even though we're not dry yet, but I'm going to show you for video purposes. It's got this little bristle brush on it and you just want to squirt it in there. Start low and work your way up high. That way it just kind of runs down. Come across. And you're going to want to let that set for about three or four minutes and that you can wipe off with just a damp rag. That's about a regrouting process or grouting process and have fun.

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