It is common knowledge that grout can be difficult to clean effectively. It appears that dirt and dust are drawn to it like a magnet, and even the tiniest amount of moisture is enough to cause it to stain and become unsightly. In addition, if your grout is already discolored and filthy, the process of cleaning it may appear to be an impossible mission.
What if, on the other hand, there was a way to regrout shower tile without first having to remove the existing grout? Believe it or not, this process is much simpler than it first appears, and it can be finished in just a few quick steps. As a result, your shower will look as good as new in no time at all!
What you are going to require
Sealant for tile grout
sponge for tile grouting
a modest pail containing some hot water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent in it.
Brush for scrubbing or a toothbrush
A non-scratch sponge with a light scrubbing texture
1. The first thing that needs to be done is to thoroughly clean the wall of the shower. If there is mold in the grout, you need to make sure that it is removed before continuing. Scrub the walls of your home with a sponge that has been dipped in warm, soapy water to begin. When you regrout shower tile without first removing the existing grout, you should steer clear of any harsh chemicals that might cause the tiles to become corroded or damaged.
Carry on with this process until all of the grime and mold have been eliminated.
2. When you are finished washing the walls, take a small bucket, fill it with warm water, and then add a few drops of dish soap to it. This will help break up the grease that is on the tiles. After that, moisten the grout sponge with the soapy water and scrub each tile in a circular motion until all of the dirt is removed.
3. Wait until the walls have dried completely before proceeding with regrouting the shower tile without first removing the existing grout. This will prevent any excess moisture from seeping into the thin cracks between the tiles, which would otherwise lead to further damage in the future.
4. The next thing you need to do is clean all of the residue that is currently on your tiles. Before you begin cleaning the grout lines with a high-pressure hose or sprayer, you should unscrew and open all of the windows and doors in the area so that there is adequate ventilation.
5. If you do not have access to a high-pressure hose or sprayer, you can try scrubbing away any stubborn stains and dirt buildup with rubber gloves and a mildly abrasive, non-scratch sponge instead. This will help prevent scratches. In this step, a wire brush can be useful as well; however, you should avoid using any tools that could scratch your tiles.
6. After you have cleaned the residue off of your walls, wait at least an hour before proceeding with regrouting the shower wall without first removing the existing grout. This will ensure that the new grout adheres properly. Before applying a new tile sealer and grout, this step will ensure that the tiles are completely devoid of any moisture.
7. After the walls have been thoroughly cleaned and allowed to dry, it is time to re-grout the tiles and apply a tile sealer. There are tile sealers on the market that are designed specifically for regrouting, but if you do not have access to those, you can use a clear silicone caulk instead. Before allowing the sealer to dry completely, apply it to the tiles by squeezing the tube to create an even and relatively thin layer across the entire surface of the tiles.
8. The following step is to apply new grout along all of your tiles, which should be done in sequence. By using an old credit card or gift card that can be discarded after the grout has been applied to all of the tiles, spread grout across each tile.
Before applying another layer of grout, you should give the current layer at least half an hour to dry. Continue applying layers until the entire wall is covered in grout, giving each layer at least thirty minutes to dry completely in between coats.
9. After the final layer of grout has had a chance to dry, it is time to clean up the excess so that the surface of your tiles is even and smooth. Before you wipe each tile dry, you should first clean your sponge by soaking it in warm water and then wringing out any excess liquid.
10. Finally, before you use your shower again, you should give the grout at least 24 hours to fully cure. If, after completing this process, you find that you still have issues with mildew, leaks, or stains on the tiles themselves, you can try adding an additional layer of protection by applying a tile sealer over the new grout. Now that you know how to regrout shower tile without removing the old grout, it is simple enough that the next time you need to do this, you will not need to hire a professional because you can do it on your own!
Conclusions and musings
This process is much simpler than it appears to be, and it can be finished in just a few quick steps, which will result in your shower looking brand new in no time at all. However, for the best results, you should wait at least 24 hours before using your shower again so that the grout can completely cure.
If, after completing this process, you find that you still have issues with mildew, leaks, or stains on the tiles themselves, you can try adding an additional layer of protection by applying a tile sealer over the new grout.
In the comments section, please let us know how you are progressing.