When to Regrout Your Tiles

Tiles are used in so many different settings because of their versatility. But with time, the grout holding the tiles in place can start to become less effective. You will see signs of wear in the grout and you will need to consider regrouting at this stage.

There are so many different colours of grout to match different tile colours and patterns.

But grout is not just a cosmetic element. This will help keep the tiles in place and protect them from moisture. The longevity of the tiles will increase when you maintain the grout properly and this will ensure their functionality as well. You can hire a professional for regrouting tiles or do this as a DIY project. There are many issues that can come from not maintaining the grout such as moisture seeping between the tiles and getting to the substrate. This will cause mould to develop and cause water damage. There can also be some structural issues that can arise as a result. When grout deteriorates, the tiles tend to come loose and shift. This will create an uneven surface which can be quite dangerous in moisture rich areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. The aesthetic appeal of the tiles surfaces can drop as a result of discoloured or worn out grout lines. When you have cracked grout in your tiled surfaces, this can affect the hygiene as well because there can be mould, bacteria and dirt inside.

A common sign that will indicate that it is time for tile regrouting is cracked or crumbling grout. You will see visible cracks in the grout lines. When there are cracks, water and dirt can penetrate inside. You will also notice discoloured grout as a result of being exposed to dirt, moisture, different cleaning products etc. This is quite normal with time but if you notice that the colour of the grout has become significantly different from what it was originally, this may be time to regrout. This will affect the appearance of the area and you will notice that the bathroom or kitchen is looking quite worn down. You will be able to freshen up the space up by regrouting. There can also be areas where there are patches of missing grout. Maybe the grout has become loose. By addressing these issues early on, you will be able to prevent tiles from moving.

Damp environments such as kitchens and bathrooms are ideal for mould growth.

Look closely at the grout lines to see if there are greenish or black spots. You will need to regrout if there is a mould issue. Sometimes the tiles can appear to be sunken or they may be uneven. You will be able to level the tiles by regrouting them. When you are cleaning grout stains, you may see that some stains are not responding to it. This only happens when the stain has penetrated the grout. In this case, you will need to regrout so that the appearance of your tiles can be restored.

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