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How to regrout tiled surfaces

Image of the cloakroom of @moveovermagnolia

How to regrout tiled surfaces

It might not be the most glamorous of DIY jobs, but taking the trouble to regrout your bathroom or kitchen is a brilliant way to spruce up your tiles. And with plenty of coloured grouts to choose from, you can match it to your tiles or make a statement with a contrasting colour.

Step 1: Air the room

Start by opening a door or window to ventilate the room. If this isn’t possible, wear a breathing mask because dust will be in the air. Also, put down a dust sheet to protect the area you’re working in.

Image showing how @ournewhouse regrouted the kitchen

Honeycomb tiles from Topps Tiles with gold grout! What a delicious combination in this kitchen belonging to Laura Lewis-Davies of @ournewhouse.

Step 2: Remove old grout

Before you can regrout, you’ll need to take out the old grout. A good first step is to check out how-to videos online for tips on using a grout rake or electric grout remover.

Whether you go for the manual or electronic method, don’t forget to wear safety googles because bits of grout can fly out. DIY tip: if you’re working over a basin or bath, pop the plug in to stop any grout from going down the drain. Removing grout is labour intensive, so if you have a large area to cover, keep a couple of spare blades on standby. If you choose to use an electric grout remover, it will make the job quicker and easier. Be aware, though, that you’re at extra risk of scratching the tiles.

Once you’ve removed all the old grout, give your tiles a good wipe down to remove any dust. Then, leave them to dry.

Step 3: Choose the right grout

Grout is available in powder form or ready mixed. If you’re using powder grout, mix it according to the instructions on the pack. Be mindful of how much you mix: you don’t want the grout to set before you’ve had time to use it.

Some grouts are waterproof and suitable for wet areas, while others are more suited to dry ones. Check before you start mixing that you have the right kind for your space. And then, you’ll need a grout float to apply the grout. Look online for how-to videos to help you perfect the technique. Now, you’re ready to regrout!

Image of the cloakroom of @moveovermagnolia

Emma Worthington’s (@moveovermagnolia) oh-so-fabulous cloakroom serves as a reminder that you don’t need to play it safe in a small space. The grout looks gold but is in fact pink, which perfectly complements Emma’s light pink cast iron radiator. Steal Emma’s style with Oyster Pink grout from Ardex, available from Amazon.

Insider tip: Get a grout pen

Before I sign off I have one more thing to say about grout – promise it’s the last one! If yours just needs a refresh rather than a complete regrout, get a grout pen! This is a cheap fix that restores grout lines like new, and it’s also easy to use.

Image showing a regrout job by @house.seventeen

Chloé Sinclair Medway of @house.seventeen’s budget refresh of her bathroom included using a grout pen to give her tiles a new lease of life.

Featured image: Playful pink grout in the cloakroom of Emma Worthington (@moveovermagnolia).

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