To re-grout or not re-grout… that is the question!
The thought of digging out the grout you currently have between your tiles seems like a huge effort and something you’d probably rather not have to deal with. However, sometimes it just has to be done to avoid unsightly tiles.
We want to make this task as pain free and as quick as possible, so we’ve outlined a simple guide on how to know whether you need a complete re-grout, or just a freshen up.
So, there are a couple of reasons you may feel the need to re-grout:
- You want to change the colour or you may not be happy with how it looks
- Damp and mould has set in and you’ve got no other choice (or so you think!)
A basic change of grout colour or to improve the appearance of it
We don’t have to remind you that this is a tedious job, but we must point out that this task needs care, as you don’t want to damage yourself or the tiles you are re-grouting. For a general re-grout, we advise digging out the old grout to a depth of around 2-3mm using a grout rake, in order for the new grout to sit well.
Grout has come a long way since basic white grout was the only option on the market. Nowadays, we have a grout colour to match more or less every tile. The options are endless! Also, a lot of grout now has the built-in ability to fight mould and keep the lifespan of the grout looking new and fresh for longer.
Another point to note is that applying grout that is the same colour as your tile makes the room appear larger. This is because there’s no end to the flow of tile and grout, giving that seamless look whether it’s on the floor or wall.
Damp and Mould
If you are planning to re-grout due to mould, you might save yourself some elbow grease and money by trying various products on the market that are dedicated to removing mould from grout.
There are also homemade concoctions that also have a good track record of removing mould, for example, using bicarbonate of soda mixed with bleach. Depending on the colour of the mould, this should also tell you whether it’s fixable without digging out the grout, or whether you need to start from scratch.
If the mould is a brown colour, this could mean there is a leak and water is getting behind the tiles (especially if we’re talking wall tiles), so keep an eye out and make sure any leak is rectified before re-grouting.
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