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Having beautiful tiles is a great addition to the viewing pleasure of any home. Along with the nice looking tiles that you picked up, having a fresh and clean grout gives your bathroom a whole new look. Not only does it beautify the outlook of your bathroom, but also acts as a protective layer that helps to prevent water from seeping between the tiles.


Mildew Stained Grout

 

Grouts in bathroom would usually wear down faster due to the frequent contact with water that will cause the growth of mold and mildew.

One way to remove mildew from grout is to mix vinegar and baking soda, and using an old toothbrush as an applicator to scrub the grout with the mixture. Following on, you can do some preventive measure such as spraying grout with bleach water to keep mildew away.

 

Cracks In Grout

When you see cracks in your grout, it’s time to re-grout your tiles!

 

5 steps on re-grouting your tiles:

Things you will need:

  1. Drop Cloth
  2. Grout Remover tool
  3. Flat-head screwdriver
  4. Grout Float
  5. Sponge
  6. Clean Cloth

Step 1: Preparation

  • Before you start regrouting tiles, first, put on a pair of protective gloves and a dust mask to guard against all the dust and debris that will surface later on. 
  • Lay out a drop cloth (Nippon plastic drop cloth) over the floor if you’re grouting the walls to prevent scratches
  • Put all the plugs in/ stick a masking tape over the drains to prevent debris from falling in.

Step 2: Remove Old Grout

  • Removal of grout is actually the most time and energy consuming part of the whole process. 
  • This can actually be done by using a grout remover/grout saw. 
  • Tools have to be handled carefully to avoid scratching the tiles. 
  • After doing the best you can in removing the grout, use a flat-head screwdriver to run through the seam and scrape out additional stubborn pieces of grout stuck within. 
  • Use a shop vacuum to clean up all the debris and dust left on your bathroom tiles.
  • Go over it with bleach or mildew remover to make sure that all the mold and mildew is removed before applying a new layer of grout over it (Selleys Rapid Mould Killer). 
  • Leave the joints a little damp before you grout.

Step 3: Regrouting Tiles

  • Time to apply a fresh layer of grout! (Selleys white for life rtu grout – Only for bathroom walls).
  • Apply the grout with a caulking gun, and force out grout into the joints. 
  • Smooth off the surface using a rubber squeegee or a grout float. 
  • Hold the float at a 45° angle.
  • Run through the seams several times to avoid excess amount left on the tiles and to compact it into the joints. 

  • After 20 minutes, use a damp sponge and go over the tile surfaces lightly in a circular motion. 
  • Avoid doing it for too many times as it may remove the grout that is not fully set.
  • After 24 hours, polish the tile surface with a clean cloth. 
  • Use Selley’s White for Life Grout Cleaner to remove stubborn haze marks on tiles if the stains persist.

Step 4: Seal off/maintaining grout
Seal off the grout with Selleys White For Life Sealer after allowing the grout to set for 3 days.
It help to maintain whiteness and achieve long term stain & mold resistance.

 


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