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Regrouting Grout Lines

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Regrouting Tile Lines

Kitchen and bathroom floors take a beating every day. These are two of most-used floors in a house and they can quickly become dirty, dingy, and old looking. Surprisingly, it's probably not the tile that's making the floor look so old and worn, it's the grout. Grout is the gritty, porous substance in between the tiles that holds everything together and gives your tiled surface a finished look. If cleaning your grout isn't restoring your grout to its original color, re-grouting the grout lines may be all that's needed to make your floors sparkle once again.

Because grout is absorbent, it is prone to absorbing anything that falls on it including dirt, water, and other liquids. The older your grout gets the more deep set-in stains you'll have. This is when re-grouting floor tile will be necessary to get back that clean look you're after. Your local grout cleaning contractor can re-grout your grout lines and seal them to extend their life through years of daily wear and tear.

What to Expect from Your Contractor

You might think that re-grouting your grout lines is as easy as just slopping some new grout on top of the existing grout. In reality, this is not the case. The first step is to completely clean the grout on the floor. Your contractor will do this with special cleansers that can kill any bacteria lurking in your grout. Next, he or she will dry the floor thoroughly and begin to scrape out the old grout that you want to replace. In order to avoid scraping your tile, your contractor will scrape away from the tile. He or she will then wipe the area with a damp cloth so that dust and grime doesn't litter the grooves between your tiles.

Next, your contractor will mix and apply the grout to the empty grout lines. This is difficult and quick work, your contractor must be careful to avoid letting grout dry directly on top of the tiles, so he or she must get the grout directly into the grooves between the tiles and must wipe up anything that settles on top of the tiles immediately. Once grout hardens, it is impossible to remove from the top of a tile without damaging it. Damaged tiles can be replaced if necessary, but depending on the age and style of tile you have, this can be a complex and expensive process - so it's best to allow your contractor to complete this job.

Finally, your contractor will use a grout finisher to run down the newly laid grout to make sure it dries evenly. This will smooth out the grout and will force more of the grout down into the grout lines, making sure that the grout fills the entire line. Once this is complete, your contractor will allow the grout to dry. Then, he or she will apply a sealant. The sealant is imperative since it will protect your grout from future staining. Be sure to set up a recurring appointment with your contractor to reapply the sealant every three years. .

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