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How to Fix Old Bathroom Tile Grout

Answered by Brendan ~ March 10, 2010 ~ 4 Comments » | Respond to this question

The tile grout in my master bathroom is dingy and cracked, but local contractors here in California are refusing to regrout. Why is this, and what should I do to fix my grout problem?

James ~ Ventura, California

Brendan Fowler

I do not know why contractors have refused to re-grout in your situation. In many cases, if grout is cracked, re-grouting will only lead to cracked grout in the future. There are some things you can do to fix your problem. If the cracking is occurring at inside corners, tub to tile transitions, tile to sheetrock transitions, tile to wood transitions, tile to granite transitions, or tile to window transitions, re-grouting will lead to future cracking.

These transitions will need some regular or sanded caulking. A wide variety of color caulking should be available at a tile supply warehouse. If grout is cracking out in the field, you may have a situation where the floor wasn't properly prepped or is flexing. A color matched sanded caulk is recommended here as well. For the old grout that is dirty, there are many products available that are specifically designed for gleaning grout. Be sure to pick a product that is compatible with your type of tile. Some stone tiles require special cleaning agents.

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