How to Repair Grout Chips and Cracks Yourself!
Repair tile grout yourself and save! Chipped and cracked tile appears old and worn out. There is also the possibility of water damage. Repairing tile grout is easy and an inexpensive project that will make your tile look years younger. The time needed depends on the amount of grout needing repair. Make sure to check the grout manufacturer’s instructions for the length of time the new material needs to dry.
Tools & Materials
You will need some of these following tools to finish the job properly and with the least headache: you can pick up these materials at any home improvement center.
- Grout saw
- Rounded stick (dowel)
- Grout float
- Cleaning rags
- Grout Sealant
Getting to Work
When choosing the grout be sure to get a sample chart at your local home improvement store and find the closest color match. If your current grout is lighter you can add more water to the grout to lighten it up. If the color is darker use less water.
If the grout is slightly damaged and the cracks aren’t that deep you should saw out the grout down to half of the depth of the tile. If there are any pieces of grout missing and it’s really damaged remove all of the chipped loose grout. Vacuum or sweep away the dust and debris out from between the tiles so you have a clean working area.
Mix the grout according to the directions on the package. Once mixed force the grout between the titles with the grout float. Hold it at an angle and work it diagonally to make sure you get it between all the crevices. Remove any excess grout immediately with a damp rag or sponge. Feather the new grout into the old so that the repair isn’t so noticeable. Allow it to dry completely. It may develop a haze as it dries, you can easily clean it off with a damp rag or sponge as well.
Remember, if the tile continues to crack and chip the underlay may be exposed to moisture or the tiles are uneven. You may need a professional to check it out and repair it if necessary. Our remodeling crew would be happy to inspect this for you, free of charge if you live inside the Houston 610 loop!
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