How to regrout outdoor tiles
Are your outdoor tiles looking a little sorry for themselves? Even after a deep clean with a jet wash?
One option you should consider if new tiles aren’t an affordable option right now is re-grouting them. It’s quick, cheap (who doesn’t like the sound of that) and is guaranteed to breathe new life into your patio tiles ready for a summer of entertaining.
Why do you need grout on outdoor tiles?
Grout is an essential component for any tiled area both inside and outside the home – protecting and sealing your tiles against moisture. However, grout can act as a magnet for dirt to build up if you’re not careful – leaving your tiles looking a little sorry for themselves.
There is also the potential, especially if left untreated, that the grout begins to crumble and eventually leads to loose or even uneven tiles, creating a potential trip hazard.
The best way to regrout tiles
The good news is that with a few specialist tools, such as a grout remover, together with a suitable outdoor grout, you can regrout in no time at all.
Firstly, using the grout rake, remove all of the old grout so you can re-fill your grout lines. This can be time consuming but it’s worth investing that bit of extra time getting everything out, especially in those hard-to-reach areas like corners, if you want to achieve the desired effect.
Once you’re happy that all of the old grout is gone, the next thing you need to do is thoroughly clean your grout lines with a stiff brush before sweeping up. We would then recommend give it a rinse with a hose just to be on the safe side.
Now it’s time to re-fill with fresh grout once dried. There are three options here really.
The first is to dry grout using coarse or sharp sand between your tiles. This is relatively straightforward but can appear slightly rough-looking when finished and won’t last as long the other two options – dry mix or resin compound.
The second is the more popular common patio pointing mix, which is a combination of cement and sand, which is then left to harden between the joints.
The third is a ready-made jointing compound mix consisting of resin or polymeric mortar such as Proscape. Simply brush the grout into the joints and leave for up to 48 hours to fully dry.
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