| June 11, 2024

When and How to Regrout Tile

We love helping homeowners and designers discover the perfect tile and grout color combinations to give each space a fresh pop or complementary tone. But over time, grout between tiles can start to look dull, discolored, or even cracked—becoming an instant eyesore in your home.

Signs It’s Time to Regrout Tile

If you’ve noticed these telltale signs around your tile, it’s likely time to replace the old grout with a new application.

  • Dull or Discolored Grout: Grout that has lost its original color and looks dull or discolored can make the entire tiled surface appear dirty and worn.
  • Cracked or Crumbling Grout: Did you know that cracked or missing chunks of grout can leave the underlying subfloor vulnerable to moisture and other potential damage?
  • Loose or Missing Grout: Notice your grout is loose or there are spots where it’s missing completely? Please read on to learn what to do next!

How To Regrout Tile

Below, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you regrout tile like a pro and get back that fresh, newly titled look you crave.

Step 1: Remove Old Grout

This step should not be skipped! Use a grout saw or rotary tool to remove the old grout. Be careful not to damage the tiles during this process.

Step 2: Clean the Area

After removing the old grout, thoroughly clean the tile and grout lines to ensure the new grout will adhere properly.

Step 3: Apply New Grout

Mix grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply it into the joints using a grout float or rubber grout trowel.

Step 4: Wipe Off Excess Grout

After the grout has set for a few minutes, use a damp sponge to wipe off the excess grout from the tile surface.

Step 5: Seal the Grout

Once the grout has fully cured, apply a grout sealer to protect it from moisture and stains.

Once your tile is sealed, be sure to clean your grout regularly to keep it looking its best.

Tile X Design Tips for a Successful Regrouting Project

Our tile experts wanted to share a few insider tips to make the regrouting process simple and effective.

  • Work in small sections to ensure that the grout does not set before you can clean off the excess.
  • Use a grout additive to improve the grout’s resistance to stains and mold.
  • Take your time and be careful! Rushing could damage your tiles when removing the old grout, which means you have a whole other project on your hands.

FAQs about Regrouting Tile

Check out a few commonly asked questions about the regrouting process before getting started.

Q: Can you put new grout over old grout?

A: Although it sounds like a time saver, this practice isn’t a good idea. We recommended removing the old grout to ensure proper adhesion.

Q: What’s the easiest way to regrout tiles?

A: Using a grout saw or rotary tool to remove the old grout, and applying the new grout with a grout float or rubber grout trowel, is the most commonly recommended method to regrout tile.

Q: Is regrouting worth it?

A: Absolutely! Regrouting can give your space a fresh, updated look while also addressing any potential issues with cracked or deteriorating grout that could lead to moisture buildup or mold.

Get More Tile Tips from the Experts

Regrouting tile pieces can be a rewarding DIY project, and with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve professional-looking results. Stay connected to our blog for more tile tips and ideas.

You can also contact us or stop into our showroom to ask questions about your upcoming tile project or find the selection of tile you need. Want some one-on-one expert advice? Request a showroom appointment today!

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