Grouting Tiles

Project Overview

If you have recently discovered that the grout around your tiles has worn away allowing moisture into your walls and floor loosening the tiles, then it's time to re-grout.

Safety

Wear safety goggles when breaking tiles. 

Always keep tools and materials away from children. 

Read the instructions before beginning your project.

Materials

Grout (pre-mixed grout)
Water
Grout sealer

Tools

Grout saw or utility knife
Trowel
Screwdriver
Hammer
Cold chisel (remove existing adhesive)
Vacuum
Grout float
Sponge

Step by Step Instructions

1 Grout paste
2 Removing old grout
3 Grout and sealer
4 Finishing
5 Sealing
6 Hints and tips
  • Step 1. Grout paste

    Today there are many ready-to-use grouting pastes which allow you to regrout your tiles with ease. The standard grout is white, grey or brown, but there is also a range of coloured grouts to match or contrast with your tiles. Re-grouting your bathroom or kitchen tiles is made easy with the right tools and instructions.

  • Step 2. Removing old grout

    Using a grout saw or utility knife, pry out the existing grout between the tile joints making sure not to chip or scratch the tiles. The adhesive will hold the tiles in place, but be careful not to use too much force as you may knock the tiles loose. Clean out the joints of all dirt and dust with a cloth then vacuum.

  • Step 3. Grout and sealer

    Try and find a grout and sealer to match the existing grout colour. If you're only grouting a small area, you can pick up a little container of pre mixed grout. For large areas follow the mixing instructions on the container.

  • Step 4. Finishing

    Wipe off the excess grout in the joints using circular strokes with a sponge. Try and remain consistent with the existing grout levels when shaping the joints. Remove the grout left on the tiles. Allow your grout to dry.

  • Step 5. Sealing

    Apply a solvent or water-based grout sealer to the joints (Fig 1). As long as the tile is glazed it's ok if you get some sealer on the tile surface, but you'll need to wipe it off before it dries.

  • Step 6. Hints and tips

    1. Bunnings also offer kitchen and bathroom tiling tool kits.
    2. Glazed ceramic tiles only require grout joints to be sealed.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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