Easy Ways to Clean Your Grout

 

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Your home looks absolutely stunning. You just had new tiles installed in your kitchen and bathroom. But now people are coming in and they are starting to look a little dingy. And over time the grout lines become darker and dirty. It can become quite a chore to clean the grout and hiring a professional can cost a fortune especially if you have a larger area. So, what do you do about cleaning the grout and getting those tiles sparkling. Continue reading →

How to Grout a Bathroom

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When you want to sell your house or just make it look and feel more modern and up to date the first thing you think of is the bathrooms. How can you make your bathroom the star of the party? Changing the fixtures will add that new look but it isn’t quiet done. Replace or recover your shower or tub, replace the vanity and mirror it is almost there still it looks a little dull no shine to it. Yep you guessed it Grout and TileContinue reading →

Installing Tile as Tub Surround

Tile is a great option for a tub or shower enclosure.  Many people choose to use tile during their bathroom renovation projects becuase it is both water and stain resistent, fairly easy to install, and can be modified to fit any budget.  Tile is also very customizable offering a vast selection of shapes, colors, patterns, and designs to create a the perfect look for your space. The finished product is also easy to maintain and keep looking great for years to come.

Although installing bathroom tile is a job that most homeowners can do themselves, it is important to take the time to make sure you are prepared before you begin.  Having a game plan and understanding of how to properly install the tile is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Continue reading →

How to: Replace Broken Tile

Cracks in the tile are generally caused by the building settling, but can also be due to improper tile installation, the wrong kind of tile being used, or accidents. Whatever the reason, broken tiles are generally considered unsightly, and can even lead to more serious problems if moisture happens to get into and under the cracks.

Obviously, in most cases, you won’t want to replace the entire floor due to one or two broken tiles. Here is how to remove and replace the broken tiles easily.

Materials:

• Replacement tile
• Tile adhesive
• Grout
• Water

Tools:

• Grout Scraper
• Hammer
• Pry bar
• Safety glasses
• Trowel
• Grout float
• Sponge
• Small bucket
• Filling knife

  1. Scrape the Grout
     Working around the tile joints (seams), scratch out the grout using the grout scraper. You’ll be getting a pretty fine mess going, but you need to get as much of the grout out as possible. This will separate the broken tile(s) from the ones that are not broken and will make it easier to get a pry bar under the edges if necessary later on.
  2. Break/Loosen the Tile
    With the hammer, hit the tile a couple of times to loosen it from the surface it is adhered to. Depending on the size of the tile, you will probably have to remove it in chunks. Once you’ve broken it up, use the other side of the hammer or the pry bar to lift up the tile pieces.
  3. Scrape Adhesive
    Once you’ve gotten as much of the tile as possible removed, you need to get rid of the old adhesive. Use a scraper, filling knife or even putty knife to scrape it all off.
  4. Clean the surface
    To be sure your new tile properly adheres; you will need to at least dust off the surface.  At best, try to clean the surface with a damp cloth and some mild soap.  Wait until it is completely dry before moving to the next step.  Do not use a wet cloth!  Damp will pick up the dust; wet will get water under the adjacent tiles and cause a lot of issues later on.
  5. Add New Adhesive
    Use the trowel to apply the adhesive back onto the surface (just as the old stuff was.) The layer should be only about ¼ inch.
  6. Set the Tile
    Now place the new tile on top of the adhesive and press firmly in the middle, corners, and along the sides. Press many times and even wiggle the tile a little bit to be sure it is set firmly.
  7. Re-grout
    Now you can mix up your grout into the same paste consistency as the adhesive and use your grout float to smear it along the sides of the tile. Be sure the grout is getting into all of the seams around the tile – don’t leave gaps; fill up each seam completely!
  8. Clean up
    Final StepFinally, you can use your sponge and bucket of water to clean all of the excess grout off the surface of the tiles. The sponge should be damp enough to pick up excess grout, but NOT soaking wet enough to alter the consistency of the grout in the joint.