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Is the grout in your new home cracked, stained, or crumbling? Getting rid of dingy, damaged grout makes your bathroom or kitchen look brand new.
Fixing grout is an inexpensive home repair - and the results can be stunning. Depending on the amount of grout that needs repair, it may take a bit of time but the result will be worth it.
When matching grout, you need to think about matching not just grout color but grout type. Get a sample chart from Lowe's and find the closest color match. Keep in mind that dry grout powder is the best representation of its true color. Once it's wet, the grout will appear darker.
If you can't find an exact color match, you can adjust the color by adding more or less water when mixing your grout. More water lightens grout, and less water darkens.
After matching the color, select the right type of grout for your project. Grout is available in four types: sanded, unsanded, acrylic latex, or epoxy. Choose the correct type of grout based on the width of your tile joints and where the repair is being done.
Now you're ready for repairs. Follow the steps below to remove and repair your grout.
In a bathroom, where the tile will be subjected to water, you'll want to seal the grout. Sealing grout improves its lifespan, makes it easer to clean, and can help prevent mold or mildew.
Typically, you must wait 7-10 days for grout to cure before sealing (check the manufacturer's instructions). There are two types of grout sealers:
Generally, there are two accepted methods for sealing grout:
Important Note: When working with a tile sealer, be sure the area is well ventilated.
Don't let worn, discolored or cracked grout spoil the thrill of moving into your new home. Repairing your grout is a smart home repair that really makes a difference.
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