How to Freshen and Replace Your Tile and Grout

by Robin Anderson Real Estate 03/15/2020


 Photo by James DeMers via Pixabay

That bathroom tile once looked terrific, so newly laid contrast between tile and grout. You were so proud to show it off to all your guests. 

But over time, grout becomes dull, stained and chipped. Tiles fade and look dated. When they do, it's time to refreshen or replace tile and grout. 

If you love the tile, keep it. Refresh the grout to make that tile job look sparkling and new. If not, replace the flooring too. Here's how to refresh or replace tile and grout.

What you'll need

  • Margin float
  • Sponge
  • Earplugs (if using power tools)
  • Safety glasses
  • Rotary tool (required for big re-grouting jobs)
  • Manual grout removal tool with a carbide blade (for smaller spaces)
  • Grout

If also replacing tiles, you'll need:

  • Tiles (measured and cut as required)
  • Chisel
  • Floor scraper
  • Drop sheet (for debris)
  • Hammer
  • Notched trowel
  • Thin-set mortar

And we're ready to do this!

Cut away the grout

First, put on your safety glasses. Now use your rotary tool or grout removal tool to loosen the grout between each tile. It should chip away and pull right out.

In either case, work slowly to avoid damaging your tiles. If at any point you feel you've taken on more than you can handle, contact a professional.

Mix & apply grout

Mix your grout in a bucket. Then apply it using your margin float. Let it set for 10 minutes. Then clean the tiles with your moist sponge. 

And you're done. Don't your re-grouted tiles look fantastic! It really is that simple. But what if you want to replace the tiles? You'll add some extra steps in front of mix and grout.

Remove your tiles

After removing grout as described above, use a hammer to break a tile to remove it. Be careful not to cut yourself. Now use the chisel to remove the remaining tiles. The floor scraper helps you crack and lift the adhesive underneath. 

Do a dry run

Here's a pro tip! Always place your tiles out dry to make sure they fit. Then make any adjustments. 

This seems like a waste of time. But unless you've tiled hundreds of bathroom floors, adjustments are almost a certainty. And once you lay mortar, you'll have a limited time to work.

Apply your mortar & place tiles

Apply a thin layer of your thin-set mortar to a small area using your trowel. Then lay each tile over it, evenly spaced. Press down gently but firmly. 

After laying tiles in a small area, repeat and lay more tiles until all tiles are laid. Wait 24 hours. Then mix and apply grout as described above.

Enjoy your new floor! And follow our blog for more home maintenance and repair tips.

About the Author
Author

Robin Anderson Real Estate

“My Passion is people and relationships and I promise to provide my clients with exceptional service tailored to their individual needs.”
-Robin Anderson

Robin is a Georgia native who brings her passion for people and her love of homes to work for her clients. She and her husband, Andy, have been married for almost 25 years and have two children, Ellen and Drew. They currently live in Fairburn but she has lived in Cobb County, Douglas County, Carroll County, and Coweta County. She has been a part of many real estate endeavors including,building and designing several custom homes, remodeling homes, sub dividing land, managing rental properties, and buying and selling properties. She has spent the last two years with a New Home Builder in Cumming, and City of Decatur, and she is excited to work with both buyers and sellers in her own community!

She believes that meaningful relationships bring so much joy to this world and she knows that real Joy comes from faith in Jesus Christ. Although she is driven to provide outstanding service to her clients, she is astutely aware that people want to know you care about them before they care how much you know.  She counts her family, friends, and community as her biggest blessing.
 

Robin is highly motivated but she is sensitive to the fact that selling a home can be a very emotional experience for the homeowner. So she endeavors to produce results for the seller quickly and makes it a priority to keep them closely informed throughout the process. She is appreciative for the opportunity to help her clients navigate through the real estate process and she aspires to deliver quality customer service that is both positive and informative.
She also understands the importance of marketing and she and her team employ the latest technologies, research, and marketing strategies to ensure that their clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. With professionally designed advertising strategically placed in magazines, direct mail publications and flyers, and Internet sites, her client’s properties receive the highest and most effective exposure in the market place. 

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