Shower and Tile Re-Grouting
Old tiles can often suffer from discoloured, aged grout. Before resultant leaking becomes trouble, think about getting a tile regrout, or grout cleaning. There are many benefits to getting this job done, and it’s cost-effective. You can dramatically improve your tiles and give them an extended life by simply removing old grout.
Regrouting is necessary for keeping your home in tip-top condition. Not only does the end result look fantastic – but it is a great way to keep your house ‘healthy’. Bathroom Surgeon is just a phone call away.
What Is Re-Grouting?
So if your tiles are starting to look old and dull, we can help you out. Instead of getting an expensive bathroom renovation, grout cleaning can transform your tiles and make them look brand new!
Let’s Talk Tiles
Specifically, let’s look at regrouting shower and bathroom tiles. This can spruce up your bathroom and prevent leaks at the same time. Bathroom Surgeon provides a same day service – so if your tiles simply need a face-lift, or if you think there might be an issue, give us a call and we’ll be right there ready to advise.
If you ignore your mouldy old grout, and there is a leak, you can save a lot of money by simply contacting us instead of letting that leak fester and grow. Regrouting can make your tiles look fresh, keep your bathroom healthy, and save you a lot of effort down the line.
But What Exactly Is Grout, And What Is Regrouting?
Tiling grout is used to fill in the gaps between tiles in your bathroom, shower, kitchen, and other places. It also holds the tile in place to the base of your floor. Generally, tile grout is cement-based and quite dense. It can get mouldy and discoloured, which negatively impacts how your tiles look.
Before you replace your tiles, consider replacing the grout. It is much more cost-effective and can achieve that gleaming clean look and feel you want!
Now that we’ve covered what grout is, let’s talk about regrouting and the process for replacing your old grout. Bathroom Surgeon is highly experienced in regrouting jobs, as you can see from our before and after pictures.
Regrouting involves removing old grout from the spaces between tiles (the seams) and filling them up with new grout. Provided your tiles are still in good condition, some new grout can do wonders.
It’s not an invasive job and it can be fairly quick, but that depends on the surface area that needs regrouting. The grout can be removed manually or with tools, depending on what work needs to get done.
You don’t need a full-blown renovation every time you spot a cracked tile. Before you even consider that, remember that regrouting your tiles costs just a small fraction of a renovation. It’s also far less messy than going to extremes – not to mention less wasteful and timely.
Depending on the size of the project underway, regrouting your tiles can take about a day or two. It’s a convenient, and far more practical, solution to sprucing up your space.
When Should You Regrout?
You should regrout when the existing tile grout colourant is off, when the grout lines are mouldy or when grout sealer is needed to prevent leaks.
This being said, it’s also useful to know what exactly to look for that might be helped by a regrouting job.
What Are The Signs That You Need To Regrout?
If a portion of grout is missing, it’s a good idea to contact us for help. Floor and wall grout can lift, fall off or become detached from the rest of the seam. It’s not a great idea to allow water into these gaps. For the good of tiles, rather regrout.
If you’re in need of a shower regrouting, the tiles will probably look a bit discoloured. The grout lines will also look subpar, and might even look a bit mouldy. If water has reached between the grout, your tiles might be cracked.
You should also consider getting some fresh tile grout if you can see visible gaps between tiling. Watermarks on the walls, or damp carpets, probably deserve some investigation too.
Tile rescue can really lift the look of the whole bathroom – contact us, or fill out a contact form, to see how we can help you with our regrouting services.
What Can You Regrout?
Regrouting tiles doesn’t only have to happen in the bathroom, although that is a common place for it to be needed.
Make no mistake – it’s a bad idea to ignore a leak in your shower. However, places that aren’t impacted by leaks can also benefit from regrouting.
Bathroom Surgeon can ensure that tiling in a range of places is beautifully grouted, in addition to your bathroom.
Here are some common places that are suitable for regrouting:
- Kitchen splash-backs
The reason that regrouting tiling in the bathroom is essential is that a leaking shower can lead to rotting wood in other parts of your house. If your house has timber frames, this is particularly important.
Nobody would want their house timber to become a breeding ground for bacteria and mould! If you have noticed this in your home, fill out an enquiry form today, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
If your shower leaks and you live in a brick home, it can lead to mould and mildew. The water from the leak can seep through the wall and lead to plaster peeling off the other side.
You want your home to be the best possible space – so act as soon as you notice any leakage.
Just Some Of The Bathroom Surgeon Services
If you need tile regrouting in your kitchen, bathroom, on your patio, or anywhere else – give us a call! Bathroom Surgeon can uplift your home by giving your tiles a fresh look, and longer life. Bathroom Surgeon will complete the job to the best of our ability. We work with professionals, and we pride ourselves on delivering quality.
We’ve covered how important it is to take care of the grout in your shower. In summary – leaks are bad news, and we can help you fix those right up.
We’ll complete a thorough inspection of your shower and pinpoint where the leaks are. We might recommend a full-on shower regrout, or simply be able to fix up little patches.
It won’t take too long to have your shower back in use, and then it’ll be as good as new!
Grout And Tile Cleaning
We don’t always regrout – we can simply do a bit of tile grout cleaning to give it a fresh look.
Freshening up your grout lines can have a dramatic impact on the area – and it will extend the grout life. We also offer tile cleaning, that will make your floor shine!
Can I Grout Over Existing Grout?
Yes, you can grout over existing grout. If your grout lines are looking a little worse for wear, you can simply apply new grout over existing grout. This will give the tiles a facelift and it will reseal the tile space. You don’t need to remove the old grout to do this.
However, if your existing grout is truly in bad shape, then it’s best to regrout entirely.
Is It Possible To Just Clean The Old Grout?
Yes, it is possible to clean the grout. While getting professionals in for the job is always recommended, this is something you can achieve at home.
If you aren’t sure which products you should use, or if they’ll work, test them in a small patch of hidden grout. Start with the mildest solution you have and test it on a spot.
There are a couple of home-made methods that you could try first. Warm water and a stiff-bristled brush is a good starting point. If you need something a bit stronger, try spraying the area with equal parts of vinegar and warm water for several minutes. A baking soda paste, followed by a vinegar spray, may also be effective. There are also products sold specifically for grout cleaning.
How Long Does Grout Usually Last Before It Needs Regrouting?
Luckily, regrouting isn’t something you need to do often. A good grout layer should last you around 12 to 15 years, although this depends on how the job was done in the first place. If the job was not as high quality as it could have been, you can expect it to last between 8 to 10 years.
This also depends on how well you take care of your grout. Make sure to clean your grout every now and again, and monitor it for any potential leaks.
You may not know when your grout was installed – that’s not a problem. You will notice when it’s time for a regrout when it becomes discoloured. Note that the new grout sheen only lasts a few years and fading is normal.