Fix Cracked and Missing Tile Grout
I have been living in my apartment for years now, and there is a huge chunk of missing grout between my kitchen tiles. I've noticed it for years, but I never did anything about it. It's gotten so bad (spreading to several tiles) that I finally had enough and decided to actually fix it! Grout is known for being daunting and hard to deal with, so I was nervous doing this project, but it turned out to be really easy! Once I got the tools together, it only took me a couple of minutes! And now those cracks aren't filling up with crumbs anymore. This project was definitely worthwhile.
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-Grout Saw (I got this great one on Amazon.)
-Grout (in the color you need... you can buy pre-mixed or powder)
STEP 1: Clean out the cracked grout
Find every area you want to fix (you don't want to accidentally miss one), and clean it thoroughly. This meant getting out tons of tiny crumbs, but I was able to do it with some vinegar, water, and a toothbrush.
STEP 2: Use your grout saw to remove all cracked and busted up grout.
When I think of saws, I think of big hefty tools, but this tiny thing is a grout saw, and it's not nearly as scary as a big saw. It's all you need to dig out those cracked pieces of grout.
STEP 3: Clean away the dust and dirt
Dried grout creates dust, a lot of it. Grab a wet sponge, like this one, and clean away any dust off your tiles and in the cracks.
STEP 4: Make your grout
There are tow types of grout I know: one that you need to mix on your own, and one that comes pre-made. I had to mix mine, but if you're a beginner grouter, I would say buy the pre-mixed stuff. It'll save you the headache worrying about the correct peanut-butter consistency. Don't worry about the color; mine looked much darker than the grout that was on the floor when it was wet, but it ended up drying the same color.
STEP 5: Grout your floors
Take a heap of grout, place it on your grout float, and press it into the crack. Smooth the surface with the float by removing any excess grout that doesn't fit.
Then take a wet finger and run it over the grout. This helps smooth it into place.
STEP 6: Clean up the area
Use a damp sponge to wipe away any grout from the tile, trust me when I say you don't want to leave extra grout drying on your tile.
Once it has dried, run a wet sponge over the tile once more to remove any haze.
*Don't forget to seal it with grout sealer once it has dried. It will help it from getting stained and keep it from cracking.
Voila! See how quick and easy that was? My kitchen floor has a new life! The spot I showed wasn't too bad, but I had several tiles that were missing significant amounts and are now good to go!
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