5 Grout Essentials for the Bathroom

5 Grout Essentials for the Bathroom
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    Mildew build up in the bathroom is disgusting, what often shows up between tiles on the grout.

    Scrub as hard as you want and apply different chemicals, and you'll still find yourself battling the slime time and again.


The one certain way to have victory is to remove the old grout and apply new grout in its place. Here’s how to get the job done.

1. Choose your grout carefully. Your local hardware store or big box home store sells grout and can help you match up a grout that goes great with your tile. Bring with you a photo of the tile or, if possible, a spare tile to help you find the grout that is right for your bathroom. Ask the sales clerk about the different types of grout available, typically sanded and unsanded varieties. Smaller gaps between tiles mean that you’ll choose unsanded grout.

2. Remove the grout. Grout turns hard once applied so you’ll need to put on protective gloss and use a grout saw to remove the old grout. You will be digging it , chiseling and pulling grout out especially where pieces are heavily discolored or broken. Its a very involved job, one that can take hours to complete. In sections where slime build up is small, you can simply apply a cleanser, allow it to dry and then apply new grout over the old.

3. Mix grout with care and flair. Yes, grout must be mixed before it can be applied. That means using a bucket or other cleaning container along with a disposable spoon or a stick to stir it. Your best bet is to follow the instructions on the package, to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. You’ll be putting water in the container, then stirring and mixing it to achieve the correct consistency. If it stays on the putty knife, then your mixing is done.

4. Put it on. Use a grout sponge to apply grout, filling each line with care. Much of it will slide into place, but some of it will remain on the tile. Wet your finger to smooth the lines and then use a sponge or a rag to wipe up the excess. Give the grout time to cure before using the bathroom.

5. Check your work. Quite easily, you may discover that you missed something while regrouting your bathroom. This can happen especially when you are working with hundreds of tiles. Use a spot light or other penetrating light to scan the entire surface and respond accordingly. The last thing that you want to do is to start using the shower or tub again and find that sections still need to be tended to.

Grout Considerations

You can save time grouting by asking your spouse or a friend to help you out. Two people are more likely to ensure that the job is done right than the solitary person who may not be into doing the job that much anyway. You can always return the favor to help a friend out in their time of regrouting need.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".