Regrouting Tiles

It is difficult to keep the grout between tiles looking clean and new. It can be painted over or new grout could be added to cracks.
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My husband was dreading re-grouting some slate floor tiles where the old grout had broken into pieces. The area was in front of the wood stove so efficiency was needed. I came up with the idea to use a quality thick plastic frosting bag. He was hesitant to try it though afterwards agreed it was fast to apply and less mess to wipe off.

Just cut bottom tip off to the size best suited to the gap in tiles. Fill bag 2/3 full with grout. Fold top of the bag down and squeeze into gaps a few at a time. Wipe with a damp sponge. Have a bucket of water handy. Let dry. Clean any residue off the tiles. Done.

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March 16, 2011

The grout in my floor tiles is dirty looking; can I dye it? If so who does this type of work?

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

If it was me and able to get down on my hands and knees I would choose the color of paint I wanted to use, and just paint the grout. It would be cheaper than hiring a person to regrout the tile.

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

Get it good and clean first by having it steam-cleaned, so that it will be restored it to its proper shade and most likely take up whatever sealer is still on it. Then see what your coloring options are.

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

I had the same problem because my grout was a light gray. I asked about painting it and all the professionals advised me to not do it. I was just so tired of the scrubbing etc.

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I bought a small can of cement paint and painted it. I may be sorry in a few years, but now it has been down for 2 years and it looks so clean and new. I'm hoping it will stay that way.

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful

My grout has been painted for over 10 years with an epoxy grout paint. It still looks brand new and is easy to keep clean. It has not peeled or chipped. I would highly recommend it for a grout color change or just to keep your grout looking clean and fresh. The clear sealers don't work that well and have to be resealed every year. Plus it darkens the natural color of brand new grout. I was not happy with that at all.

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March 14, 20150 found this helpful

I have just placed new tiles in front of my fireplace and am disappointed in the grout color. Is was supposed to be spice (a golden color), but it is white. I was told that the grout was probably mixed with too much water or the washing of the grout off the tiles used too much water.

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I'm planning to paint them and am wondering if I should seal first, or not seal first before painting?

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