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Grout Repair

Grout Repair for Ceramic and Other Tiles

tile grout repair If your grout is too old or damaged to be properly cleaned, you don't need a whole new floor, counter or wall. You can keep your tile and have your contractor simply replace your grout. This is an inexpensive solution to a dirty, dingy problem.

The removal of grout that is stained or dirty or is cracked and chipped is a job for your contractor. One of the most delicate aspects of removing old grout is ensuring that none of the surrounding tiles become damaged during the process. With grout lines often as thin as one-eighth of an inch, it is very easy for grout removal tools to slip and chip a neighboring tile. If you have extra tiles, this may not be a problem - although there would be additional work in lifting the tile and not chipping any additional tiles in the process. If you have antique, or even a discontinued type of tile, an accidental chip can add hundreds of dollars to your budget. Your local grout cleaning contractor has the knowledge and experience to handle this delicate job without causing any costly damage.

What to Expect From Your Contractor

Your contractor will begin by properly preparing the area where the grout needs to be removed. If the surface is elevated, like a counter top or upper wall, your contractor may cover your floor with a canvas or tarp to prevent dust from getting on your floors. He or she will then apply masking tape to the edges of the tiles so that they do not become damaged during the frout removal process. Your contractor may seal off the room, since grout removal can be a dusty process, to prevent the dust from entering the rest of your home. Proper protective gear and breathing apparatus may be worn by your contractor in order to prevent any health problems that may result from inhaling grout dust.

The next step will involve cutting a groove into the old grout with a grout saw. Porous grout will be easy to cut through but older grout may be more difficult to remove and could require several passes with the saw. Since older grout can be so resistant your contractor will be very careful not to lose his or her grip on the saw and accidentally chip a tile. Once the grout has been saw cut and loosened, some stubborn grout will be removed with the use of a scraper. The scraper can then be used to help widen the rut or groove and will actually pull the grout out of the rut. Your contractor may prefer a chisel and hammer to do this, but either method will work.

Replacing and restoring grout is something that needs to be done if you want to remove the ceramic tile, marble tile, or repair porcelain tile. When removing ceramic tile, how they have been installed will determine how it can be removed. It may be as simple as breaking up the ceramic tile with a hammer and then scraping away at the edges. Removing ceramic tile that has been set into concrete could take a little more time as you need to remove the grout around each individual tile and then pry the tile up. After the ceramic tile has been removed, make sure that the area is kept clean and level so that any new grout will adhere more easily. Porcelain tiles can be removed, repaired and restored in the same way as ceramic tiles. This is because ceramic and porcelain tiles are very similar with the only difference being that ceramic tiles have been coated and sealed for protection and porcelain tiles are a solid substance through out its composition.

After your contractor has removed the tile and old grout, he or she will prepare and apply a new layer of grout to your tiled surface. They will add the grout with a trowel and will wipe off any residue left on your tiles. Once the grout has been given 24 hours to dry, request a sealer be applied to prolong the life of your new grout and help prevent staining.

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