How To Grout Tile In Your Bathroom
How should you caulk and grout the tile in your bathroom for best results? What are some techniques you should consider?
The failure to caulk and grout your bathroom properly is one of the biggest problems with home maintenance. Many people don't think twice about not taking care of their bathrooms. They shower and use their bathrooms for years and never once re-caulk or re-grout. If you don't take proper care of the grout and caulk in your bathroom, over time, the caulk and grout will crack, your tiles will be looser, and moisture will creep under your tiles and damage the walls, floors and support beams of your home.
• Clean the tiles. Before re-caulking or re-grouting, use a common tile chemical cleaner to thoroughly clean the tiles.
• Check the grout and caulk around faucets and knobs. Check to make sure the sealings around all your faucets and knobs are well sealed. If they aren't, you'll need to completely remove the plates around your faucets and knobs in order to make the necessary caulking and grouting changes.
• Remove the old caulk. Use a scraper or a sturdy knife to scrape away anything that isn't tile. Get rid of all the residue, caulk, grout, and dirt. This may take some time, but you want to be sure to do this thoroughly and correctly.
• Next, clean your bathroom again. Use your chemical cleaner to once again clean the tile everywhere in your bathroom. Rinse the chemicals away thoroughly.
• Use a strong caulk. You want to find the best possible caulk for your particular bathroom. Talk with someone at your hardware store to discuss this. Don't be stingy. You want the sealings to do the job and last a long time.
• Re-attach the faucet and knob plates. Put layers of caulk under the plates before you tighten them, then apply another dose of caulk after they've been re-attached.
• Use masking tape if you are caulking an area that requires a straight line for best appearance. Run masking tape along the bottom of the outside of your bathtub to have the best caulking. Once you're done caulking, remove the masking tape.