Posted by Steven Sawyer on 7/5/2020

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You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? 

Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by simply re-grouting the tiles and polishing them. Here's how to do it.

What you'll need

  • Margin float
  • Earplugs (if you're using a rotary. It's loud!)
  • Two sponges
  • Safety glasses
  • Two buckets
  • Manual grout removal tool with a carbide blade 
  • Rotary tool or reciprocating saw (not needed for small jobs)
  • Grout
  • One cup vinegar (for polishing)

Step 1: choose the right tool for the job

A rotary tool or reciprocating saw is faster. But you'll have to be extra careful not to damage a tile. And if you don't have a rotary tool, you'll need to buy or borrow. For these reasons, generally, you'll only want to go to this option if you have a larger space to re-grout like a master bathroom. 

On the other hand, removing grout manually can be tedious and slow at times. *Pro tip* For smaller jobs, start with a manual tool. You can always switch to a power tool if you find you don't have the patience.

Step 2: remove the existing grout

Start by putting on your safety glasses and ear protection if using a power tool. Whether using a manual tool or electric, slowly guide your instrument through the in-between, cutting out the grout. *Pro tip* Start in a less seen area of the room like behind the door or toilet. That way, if you do make a mistake (break a tile) when learning how to use the tool, it's less of a deal-breaker, and you won't feel you must replace the tile.

Step 3: mix & apply the grout




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Posted by Steven Sawyer on 8/11/2019

Tile work can be a beautiful way to revamp a space in your home. The design or color of the tile can accent an area. Designing an eye-catching layout of tiles may also be a way to create a statement throughout a room. Many different materials comprise the term "tile."

Pick the Perfect Fit 

Tiles may be ceramic, stone, porcelain, or glass. Those are just a few of the options you can readily find on the market. Not all materials will be appropriate for every project. When researching what tiles to use, pay attention to the environment for the tile project. Bathrooms, for instance, will need tiles rated for exposure to high levels of moisture. Entryway and kitchen floors will need to be very durable in those high-traffic areas. Tile work that is more decorative as in a backsplash or alcove may be less about function and more about design. Some materials can be glazed or sealed to help with durability. Others are only decorative in nature and useful just in places where somewhat protected. 

Inspired Creativity

Choosing the size and shape of the tile may be fun and exciting with so many unique and creative tiles on the market. Research current design ideas that may appeal to your style. Many new-construction model homes can give you great inspiration. Home improvement stores have design centers where you can look, touch, and ask your questions about any tile project you have in mind. Remember, however, that if you are not living in your forever-home, a final product that is too unique may be a detraction when putting your home on the market.

Holding it all 

Together The grout that holds your tiles in place is another thing to research. Grout comes in many colors, and so you should include it as part of the design element. Most of the grout you see will be visually neutral to the overall tiling project. Most of the time you will see a grey or white grouting. Other color grout options add a more unique, creative finished product. Or check out some of the new groutless tile projects available. 

Take your Time

Planning a tile project takes careful measurements. You may want to sketch it out on graph paper a couple of different times to triple check measurements and math calculations. These types of projects are a significant investment, and incorrect measurements can cause costly mistakes. Tiling projects will require patience and time.