Dealing With Cracked Grouts

May 10, 2012

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Dealing with cracked grouts is a common problem being faced by almost every homeowner these days. Cracked grout is a common issue associated with all kind of tiles, which gives a very bad look to the floor and walls.

There are many reasons for grout to crack and most of these are because of poor installation methods. One of the reasons of this can be excessive use of water or polymer additive in the grout mixture. Another reason can be excessive evaporation of water content in the grout mixture which leaves behind pinholes that lead to grout cracking.

Grout cracking can also occur if thinset is not used sufficiently during the installation of tiles. This is because, if the layer is not thick enough, it will pull away from the tile, leaving behind gaps of air under the tile, which subsequently leads to the breakage of tiles.

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Problem of grout cracking is an issue that can occur even in properly installed walls and tile floors. You can take up several measures to repair the cracked grouts, one of which is using grout caulk. Caulk is a substance that matches the color of the grout exactly and is available in the form of tube. One can squeeze the tube and apply it to the cracks to fill the gap. This method usually works on the cracks which are small in size, however, it is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the cracks.

Another option that one can opt for is to find the matching grout for the floor. It will be an easier option if one has some grout left over from the original installation. But, if this is not possible, then one should look for the same brand and color as the original installation.

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Next step is to mix the grout and apply it on the cracked area. For this, water and grout are mixed together in a bucket in proper proportion. An important thing to be kept in mind while preparing the mixture is that right quantity of water should be used in order to obtain the perfect consistency. After applying this to the crack, wipe off the excess grout present outside the grout line and leave it for drying.

In case, the grout doesn’t stick to the surface, then one should take a saw and remove the grout present between the tiles. While doing this, one should keep in mind that pressure should not be applied to the tile, else it will break. When the grout is removed, the mixture is applied to the cracked area using a sponge, which provides a uniform and clean look.

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Replacing the cracked grout can be another way of curing the cracks. It is the best way to overcome the problem of cracked grouts. Though it is an expensive procedure as compared to repairing the cracked grouts, but it ensures that the tiles will continue to serve well for a longer period of time. As a matter of fact, replacing grout will save you from the problem of re-tiling the floor and walls again.

Depending upon your requirements, you can choose to either repair the cracked grouts or replace them to solve your problem. This would definitely add beauty to the interiors and would provide a clean look.

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Remove Grout the easy way

April 8, 2010

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Grouting is an important aspect of a tiling job since it helps in binding the tiles together, and enhances the look of the floor as well. The problem is that grout between the tiles can get discolored or crack.  In such a situation, you would be required to either clean the discolored grout, or remove the cracked one and end up repeating the grouting process.

Cleaning the grout is a much easier process than removing it.  People can easily clean grout by using detergent powder, bleach,  or hydrogen peroxide. The real problem comes when the grout has to be removed since there is an imminent danger of damaging the tiles during the removal process.  People who use a chisel and hammer to remove the grout often crack the tiles while removing the grout.  You can always call in a professional to fix the problem. However, if you purchase an effective hand or power tool you can save money by doing it yourself.

If you wish to remove the grout yourself and have a reciprocating saw in your toolkit you just need to purchase the latest Grout Grabber tool to convert your reciprocating saw into an effective grout removing tool.  Grout Grabber consists of a set of special carbide grit blades that can be easily attached to a reciprocating saw.  These blades have been specially designed to make the job of removing grout effective and convenient.  The unique curved bottom of these blades ensures that you are able to easily initiate, and complete your grout removal process.

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Not only can you use the Grout Grabber tool to remove damaged grout, but you can also use it to remove any thin-set that has emerged out of the grout. Further, Grout Grabber can be effectively used in between tile joints ranging from 1/8” to 1/2”.  This ensures that you are able to use this tool irrespective of the design and layout of your tiled floor or walls. You can easily add or remove the blades to configure this tool as per the specific tile joint size in the floor or the wall of your house.

Once you have removed the damaged grout it is important to wash the tiled area well before re-grouting.  This will ensure that all the grout and dust is washed away before a new layer of grout is installed.  Grout Grabber will enable you to remove grout conveniently without making a mess.

By using such an effective grout removal tool you will be able to ensure that the grouting job is completed in an effective and affordable manner.  You will further save on a lot of expenses by using Grout Grabber since you will not have to purchase any additional hand tool or power tool to remove the damaged grout from in-between the tiles Because  it is easy & convenient to use, you will not be required to hire any external help.  This  further adds on to your savings.  So go ahead and use Grout Grabber in order to effectively complete a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ grout removal job in your house.

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