Tile grout is one of many materials designed to protect your shower or bathroom from leaking water.
Made from water, cement and sand, tile grout seals the gap between the tiles in your shower. This seal stops water from getting into places around the home that shouldn’t be exposed to moisture.
Once grout starts to crumble, crack or get discoloured, this protective barrier breaks down and leaves the surface exposed to water penetration. Just like any material exposed to the harsh elements, tile grout needs to be replaced so that water can travel to where it belongs – the drain.
If you want to avoid paying a costly repair bill, regrouting your shower is the best way to preserve the quality, structural integrity, and value of your home.
How to Remove Grout
Before taking out your current grout, make sure the area is clean and dry. Give the shower a thorough sweep and clean up any excess debris.
Unless you want to spend hours digging away at old grout, use an electronic multi-tool with a blade attachment specially designed to remove grout. Switch on the tool and gently guide the blade to cut away sections of grout. You don’t need to apply much force – the blade will do the work for you.
To remove excess grout, use a flathead screwdriver to scrape the surface and clear the mess with a vacuum cleaner.
How to Apply New Grout
Before applying new grout, give the area a sweep and make sure the surface is dry. For peace of mind, lay down a clear sheet across the floor and secure the edges with masking tape.
What is the most effective type of grout?
For best results, a polymer-modified grout will provide a more durable and better looking seal. Why? The polymer improves the grout’s water-resistance. And it increases the grout’s flexibility when it comes to building movement and changing weather conditions.
To install the new grout, apply it at a 45-degree angle and work it thoroughly in-between the gaps of each tile. There should be no air bubbles or gaps present after the job is done.
While the grout is still wet, use a wet sponge to thoroughly clean any excess from the surface. You may need to regrout and clean the shower multiple times to achieve a 100% watertight seal.
Save Time With a Professional Regrouting Service
Don’t have time or resources to regrout the shower yourself? Shower Sealed can help.
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we can give your shower a fresh look and improve its durability for many years to come.
Call 1300 519 133 or make an enquiry to have your shower regrouted by a licensed professional.