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 28 years and have two children, Ellen and Drew. They currently live in Fulton County, but Robin has also lived in Cobb County, Douglas County, Carroll County, and Coweta County. She has been integral to many real estate endeavors including designing and building several custom homes, remodeling homes, subdividing land, managing rental properties, and buying and selling properties. After spending two years in Cumming and Decatur working with a new home builder, Robin is excited to work with buyers and sellers in her own community. Although Robin is driven to provide outstanding service to her clients, she is acutely aware that people want to know you care about them before they care how much you know. She believes meaningful relationships bring immeasurable joy to the world, and she knows that real joy comes from faith in Jesus Christ. She counts her faith, family, friends, and community as her most treasured blessings. In our increasingly digital world, Robin understands the importance of multimodal marketing, so she and her team employ the latest research, marketing strategies, and technologies 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 clients’ properties receive the highest and most effective exposure in the marketplace. Robin is highly motivated but sensitive to the fact that buying and selling homes can be an emotional experience, so she makes it a priority to keep clients closely informed throughout the process and strives to produce quick results. She appreciates the opportunity to help her clients navigate the real estate process, and she aspires to deliver quality customer service that is both informative and positive.