Grout is one of the unsung heroes when it comes to design. The grout used in a tile project can be as important as the tiles themselves. Today’s grout can be found in many colors and textures, allowing for a wide range of artistic possibilities when it comes to making your tile installations really pop. With so many options on the market, you might look at your old tile installation and decide it needs a facelift. If your old grout is cement based, re-grouting might be necessary, especially if the grout was not sealed properly at the time of installation. Cement grout is porous and prone to absorbing moisture and dirt that can cause it to break down and deteriorate faster than other types of grout. Re-grouting your cement grout may be more a necessity than a preference.
The good news is, re-grouting is not as difficult as you might think it is. In fact, if you see your grout lines are deteriorating, or even if you just want to update the look of your tiles, you can make a weekend project of it and have new grout in no time. Not only does it save you time when you apply new grout over existing grout, it saves you money.
epoxy grout is a great choice when you are ready to re-grout a tile project. Because epoxy grout is so much stronger than other types of grout (particularly cement grout), you won’t even need to remove all of your old grout. You can apply new grout right over the top of the old grout. To do this, all you need is a grout removal tool. Use the tool to strike out the old grout, making sure the depth is at least 2mm, which is about the thickness of two dimes stacked one on top of the other. Once you’ve removed the old grout, make sure to clean the area so there is no grout dust or debris that will get in the way of the new grout.