How to update tile seams

How to update tile seams



Over time, the grout that is usedto fill the seams between the tiles, loses its freshness. It can crack, tarnish, become stained, which will significantly spoil the appearance of the finish. You can clean the surface of the mortar yourself in the joints or completely renew it.





How to update tile seams


















You will need




  • - small spatula or screwdriver;
  • - old toothbrush;
  • - Chlorine bleach;
  • - latex gloves;
  • - primer;
  • - new grouting;
  • - a sponge;
  • - a thin brush;
  • - rubber spatula.




Instructions





1


Make cosmetic renewal of the externalthe surface of the seams. Dilute chlorine bleach in water in a 1: 1 ratio. Take a toothbrush with a stiff bristle or a nylon brush. Be sure to protect your hands with rubber gloves and arrange a good ventilation of the room where you are going to work. Brush the mortar on the joints and leave for 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold, clean water.





2


If the joint washing has not given the desired result,remove the grout completely. Remove the old solution with a sharp angle of a small metal spatula. For this purpose, a thin screwdriver or special splitter for seams is also suitable. You can make it easier for yourself by using a special tool that softens the grout. After it, the removal is much faster and more convenient.





3


Vacuum all loose surface from the grout. This removes the residue of dust and dirt from the gaps between the tiles.





4


Use a deep penetration primer. Apply it with a thin brush between the seams of tile. If the old grout was damaged by the fungus, buy impregnation, which has antifungal properties.





5


Dilute a new grout according to the instructions. Apply it with a rubber spatula into the inter-joint space. Immediately completely wipe the excess, which hit the tile, with a dry sponge. Frozen grout will be very difficult to remove gently. Swipe with fresh wet seams.





6


To quickly update the white or colored groutuse special paints. They are applied to the seams with an ordinary thin brush. After drying them, spray onto the grout with water from the spray gun and wipe the stained tiles with a cloth.