How grout entire floor without disturbing the grout?


You need to start at the furthest corner from your exit path and work your way out. Grout the entire floor at the same time or you may see color differences where you stopped then started again. Mix all the grout as a single batch (that is a fairly small area, it should not be too difficult).

Use your grout float to remove as much excess as possible as you work. I keep several buckets of water and several sponges and do a quick damp "dirty" sponge to the grouted areas as I work. You can use a spray bottle to give a slight misting to completed areas if you are concerned that you cannot work quickly enough. Cover unused grout in the bucket with plastic wrap, you can use this to repair any grout lines accidentally disturbed during the next steps.

When complete, let it set for 15/30 minutes then proceed with your sponging. It is important that you keep a "dirty" sponge and bucket (initial wipe), and a "clean" sponge and bucket ("clean" wipe). Wring out and rinse sponges...

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My home is 11 years old, and I've owned it for the last 9. The grout was already breaking up in a few places in the entryway when I bought it, so I know that it probably wasn't installed properly. I'm also pretty sure that the tile installer forgot to seal the entryway grout, because we're not having any problems with identical tile and grout in the "powder room", but the entryway grout has been grungy from day one. I've spent hours scrubbing it, to no avail.

I'd like to replace the broken grout and then use a colorant over all of it to hide the dirt, and avoid having to match the grout color. Is this practical? Or should I plan on redoing all of it? I saw another answer here that recommended using a grout saw to scrape off the top layer of grout to get it clean; is that better than coloring over the stains?

If it matters, the tile is 12" square, the cheapest stuff you can find, with about 1/4" grout lines. This was the builder's default material so you know there is...

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It is almost impossible to match the color exactly unless you replace all of the grout. Fortunately grout is typically much cheaper in larger quantities.

A fast, easy way to remove unwanted sanded mortar/grout between tile is to use a circular saw with a ripping blade that is less than half the thickness of the tile spacing

(ripping blades have few teeth and a large gullet for good chip removal - you aren't actually cutting the mortar/grout, but essentially chipping it away - for this reason it is extremely important to wear PPE and protect breakables in the surroundings and needless to say the blade will never cut wood again so use an old or cheap one)

The process is quite simple:

Set your circular saw to the depth of the tile by resting the blade on a flat surface between 2 scrap pieces of tile that are the same thickness as your tile

** (You may need to manually move the retractable guard).

Then loosen the tilt lock knob and allow the...
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We recently installed tile in our kitchen. It's upstairs in a 50 year-old home. We knew the floor was "soft" in that it had saggy spots and we had access to most of the joists. We shored those suckers up as best we could and laid the tile. We used tile adhesive rather than thin-set believing (perhaps erroneously) that it would accomodate any latent flexibility in the floor.

Everything looked and felt great until about 2 weeks later when we began to notice spots where the grout was crumbling. Not everywhere, just a few spots. We corrected some of the problems with additional shoring, but others aren't going away.

You can't actually feel the "softness" of the floor. It appears to be just enough flex to ruin the grout.

Will an epoxy grout (or any other product!) solve this problem, or are we...

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As said by LBJ you need flexible caulking (not cementitious grout) as this will follow the walls and shower tub as they move during thermal expansion/contraction. In this situation (corners and along the tub) hard grout will always crack and create leaks.

You need silicone caulking marketed for bathrooms, it will have an anti-fungal agent mixed in. Don't skimp on the price, you'll only use one canister anyway and it's much more convenient if you pick one that won't get moldy in just a year.

Application technique is very important! Watch this. With the proper tool it's quite simple. Proper cleaning is essential if you want it to stick.

I prefer water-based silicone caulk as it is much easier to work with, but it's a rather new formula, I'm not sure how it will be branded in your...

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You can win the battle with grimy grout lines when you know how to clean grout with an environmentally safe, cheap and natural cleaner that has been trusted to do the job for centuries.

Following this discussion of how to clean tile grout using our top recommendation, there’s a list of solutions for special cases – deep stains, heavy soap scum and other issues that require a tailored approach.

Throughout this information, you’ll find recommended products to make your grout cleaning more effective.

The Best Grout Cleaning Solution

Here’s the reveal.

Our product of choice is distilled white vinegar mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio. This solution hits the sweet spot – more effective on tough dirt than Ph-neutral cleaners while still being gentle enough for regular use. Plus, you won’t be breathing chemical fumes while bringing the brightness back to grout.

The recommended tool for cleaning with white vinegar solution is a brush with...

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I have a typical Victorian hallway - staircase on one side. Originally, the staircase side was floorboards, and the other side was 4" quarry tiles over lime mortar over earth. The staircase side has the basement underneath, eg the basement is about 2.5 ft less wide than the ground floor.

It looked a bit weird with half tiles, half timber. We took up the tiles. The floorboards have been replaced with caberfloor green chipboard, and the lime mortar was replaced with DPM and 3" of concrete.

I would like to put the tiles back (with some reclaimed ones that match) as they were but over the whole floor, both concrete and chipboard. Its all fairly level. BUT I specifically want the tiles to have that tight, victorian lay - the ones we took up had no grout and any water could just soak into the lime, I guess. Now that it's concrete, I'm thinking they ought to be more sealed against water accidents / mopping ??? I also don't know what adhesive would be best - the tiles do have slight...

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Q: DEAR TIM: Cleaning a tile floor is my next big project. The grout lines are filthy, and I haven't discovered an easy way to restore the tile. Is there a magic product that will clean floor tile? Once the grout is clean, what's the easiest way to keep it that way? Should I invest in a cleaning machine? -- Michelle S., Corvallis, Ore.

A: DEAR MICHELLE: We had a boatload of tile floors in our last home, and cleaning them was a nightmare. To make it worse, we had brilliant white tile with light gray grout in our kitchen and breakfast area. I knew when I was installing it that it was going to be a challenge to keep it clean. Add to the mix three small kids, and soon the grout around the refrigerator, stove and kitchen sink was nearly black.

It took me years to discover how to clean tile floors in a way that was easy and that didn't harm my family, pets and the colored grout. I finally settled on using powdered oxygen bleach. Little did I know that this choice would...

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There may come a time when you want to remove your existing ceramic tile floor to cover it with something different like carpet or hardwood. However, this does not necessarily mean you no longer want the tile. You might sell it or use it elsewhere in your home. Removing ceramic floor tiles without breaking them takes much more time and effort than just plowing through, but it is worth it. The following article will show you how to preserve your ceramic tile even as you pull it off the floor.

Step 1 - Deal with Grout

When ceramic tile floors are installed, each tile is not only glued to the floor but is also set in place by grout. Grout is essentially concrete mixed with sand that dries to be as hard as rock. Over the years, it will dry out and crack unless it is properly sealed. Regardless of the state of the grout, however, you will still need to deal with it in order to keep the flooring intact as you remove it. A grout saw is a handy tool will make quick work of...

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I'm just gonna start off by saying the tile floor grout in my master bathroom was pretty narsty. What made it look worse was when we expanded the bathroom, we matched the existing tile floor instead of re-tiling the entire floor. While the tile matches pretty well - although not exact - what made the floor look un-seamless was the dirty grout next to the brand spankin' new clean grout.

So I set out to clean the old grout to make it look new again. Just look at this...ew! I'm slightly embarrassed to even be sharing this with you...but ya know.

Cleaning tile floor grout is actually as easy as a trip to your pantry closet - and I don't mean reaching for the chemicals and bleach. I am not necessarily anti-chemicals - I use them for plenty of jobs - but why spend an hour inhaling fumes when you don't have to? Instead all you need is lemon juice, water, baking soda, and vinegar.

The ratio I used was:

3.5 Cups of Hot Water + 1/2 Cup of...

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Grout is strong and durable, but it is a porous material. As a result, grout tends to pick up stains. The removal process once meant tediously chipping out old grout by hand. A couple of choices in power tools speeds the process along and takes with it much of the elbow-aching work. The regrouting process is very much the same whether you’re regrouting floors, walls or countertops.

Choose the type of grout removal attachment that best fits your needs. A grout grabbing blade that fits into a reciprocating saw chips out the old material quickly but is difficult to guide until it bites into the grout. A rotary tool attachment comes with a guide that makes piloting easy, but the work is a little slower.

Chuck the grout removal tool into your reciprocating saw or rotary power tool. If using a rotary tool attachment, set the depth at 1/4 inch.

Don a dust mask and safety goggles. The removal process creates dust and chunks of old grout.

Turn on the power tool...

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If the grout in your tiled shower floor is chipping or cracking, it must be repaired. Grout is an important part of the shower floor in that it keeps water from getting behind the tiles, which can lead to bigger problems down the road. Fixing damaged

If the grout in your tiled shower floor is chipping or cracking, it must be repaired. Grout is an important part of the shower floor in that it keeps water from getting behind the tiles, which can lead to bigger problems down the road. Fixing damaged shower floor grout involves removing the damaged grout and replacing it with new.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Grout sawHammerChiselPaintbrushVacuum cleaner with hose attachmentRagsGroutRubber grout floatBucketGrout sponge


1 Remove the damaged grout from the joint with a grout saw. Run the saw back and forth over the grout until at least 1/16 of an inch of the old grout is gone. Use a hammer and chisel to...

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Over time, grout can become dirty, grungy, cracked and missing in places. Regrouting is a task that almost any homeowner can accomplish. Time and patience to remove some of the old grout to allow clean grout to bond to the surface is the key to doing a job that makes your tiled bathroom look like new. You don't need to remove all the grout, or even most of it, but removing the dirty grout on the surface gives the new grout something to which to bond. After all, grout primarily is just cement.

Don a face mask. Scrape out some of the old grout with a grout saw, which is available at any home store. Removing much of the grout isn’t necessary; just get it down enough from the surface to allow new grout to bond.

Vacuum up any loose dust and particles. Thoroughly wash the wall to remove grout dust and any other film.

Mix grout according to package directions. Spread the grout using the grout float, forcing grout into all joints and pulling the excess off with the...

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