Tips on Re-Grouting and Polishing Your Kitchen and Bathroom Tile

by Bridget Hobbs 03/02/2020

Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay

You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? 

Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by simply re-grouting the tiles and polishing them. Here's how to do it.

What you'll need

  • Margin float
  • Earplugs (if you're using a rotary. It's loud!)
  • Two sponges
  • Safety glasses
  • Two buckets
  • Manual grout removal tool with a carbide blade 
  • Rotary tool or reciprocating saw (not needed for small jobs)
  • Grout
  • One cup vinegar (for polishing)

Step 1: choose the right tool for the job

A rotary tool or reciprocating saw is faster. But you'll have to be extra careful not to damage a tile. And if you don't have a rotary tool, you'll need to buy or borrow. For these reasons, generally, you'll only want to go to this option if you have a larger space to re-grout like a master bathroom. 

On the other hand, removing grout manually can be tedious and slow at times. *Pro tip* For smaller jobs, start with a manual tool. You can always switch to a power tool if you find you don't have the patience.

Step 2: remove the existing grout

Start by putting on your safety glasses and ear protection if using a power tool. Whether using a manual tool or electric, slowly guide your instrument through the in-between, cutting out the grout. *Pro tip* Start in a less seen area of the room like behind the door or toilet. That way, if you do make a mistake (break a tile) when learning how to use the tool, it's less of a deal-breaker, and you won't feel you must replace the tile.

Step 3: mix & apply the grout

About the Author
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Bridget Hobbs

Bridget is a native of Indiana and has been living in Nashville since 1993. Bridget got her real estate license in 1995 and has been working in the industry since then. She brings with her almost 20 years of experience, knowledge and excellent negotiating skills.. Bridget got her Broker’s license in 2009 to further her education and help her clients make a good sound investment. She is not only a broker, but a Buyer Specialist. What that means to you is she will get you a great deal on a home you really love. Bridget has worked with short sales, foreclosures, and bank owned properties, so when it comes to the best deals we often see them before the public does and Bridget can put everything together for you. She also is a relocation specialist for those who are relocating to Nashville and surrounding counties. She hears her clients concerns and bringing an assuring sense of calm to the process. Her sense of empathy that goes into buying a home could be the reason why so many of her former clients are her present friends. When she is not helping others find a place to call home she enjoys cooking, traveling and hanging out with her husband and friends.