Water droplets can moisten the walls and tiles of your shower making it look damaged. Instead of changing it all over again, shower regrouting is a good option. It can impart the same shine and polish to your shower as before.
Over time water will start to ooze out of the walls making the grout weaker. Mildew starts to grow in your walls making them look ugly and messy. Also, it will attract ants, termites and algae to your shower and additionally to other parts of your house.
Once the old grout has started to damage and you see a yellowish tinge on them, the best way to mend is regrouting. This can be a tedious job but at the same time, is done by many DIY professionals. Go for this one only when the grout lines are narrow and the grout is unsanded.
- Removing the old grout is the first pre requisite. Get rid of the old, dirty grout by scraping it off using a plain razor. See that the task is neatly done. Acetone can be used if the old grout is too thick and is very difficult to remove. But, using excess of chemicals might make your grout more porous. The new might may come off very easily as a result of this. So, it is an important thing to keep in mind.
- Preparing the grout in the right proportion is the second requirement. Keep a check that proportion of water is correct. This will bring the right consistency. It should not become too thick nor should it go very watery. Just the right balance is needed.
- Ensure that the holding of the multitasking tool or trowel is firm enough. It should be held in a way that the to and fro movement of the oscillating tool is amply allowed. See that it does not slip out of your hands. Do not apply too much pressure on the grout and let the tool do most of the work.
- Do not reapply the new grout over the old grout. This is known as skim coating and is believed to be a bad practice. Doing this might prevent the new grout from finding enough space to adhere to.
- The tiles must be dug to at least one-eighth of an inch so that the new grout has enough space and grip to adhere to.
- It is a good idea to let the shower walls dry out for a few days before applying the new grout.
- Apply the grout with a rubber float and force them deep into the wall so that they form a firm coating and does not come off easily.
- After the grouting work has been neatly done, use a sponge wipe to clean excess of grout. This will ensure maximum shine as before. Also, it will make things look straight and even.
You should allow at least 48 hours sealing the grout and caulking the shower. These were the necessary steps for shower regrouting. After all this has been done, you will be amazed and stunned by the new look of the shower.