We will find out in what ways you can update the grouting of the joints between the tiles, so that everything again looks like after repair.
It often happens that the tiles themselves in the bathroom or on the kitchen apron are in excellent condition, but the seams have turned black, changed their original appearance and spoil the whole “picture”.
We clean the tile seam
Let’s start with the easiest, least time consuming and inexpensive option – removing stubborn dirt and mold from tile joints. This can be done in the following ways:
- Household chemicals. Fairy, Pemolux, Cilit, CIF and others familiar to all hostesses. But they can only cope with simple pollution;
- More serious products such as Domestos, Whiteness. They eat away mold well and remove dirt;
- Folk remedies. Soda with vinegar, citric acid, ammonia, ammonia;
- Special means. Precisely for cleaning tile joints. For example KiiltoClean, BOZO, Ultra-Stripper, Ecover, Tyron Power.
You will need gloves, because you have to work with concentrated substances that negatively affect the skin, a hard brush with a handle – it is convenient to use an old toothbrush, a sponge, so that you can wash it off with water later, and the products themselves.
The detergent is applied to the tile joint, left there for at least 10 minutes, then washed off.
Important! Abrasives cannot be used, they can damage the tiles, especially if they are shiny, glazed.
Good results are obtained by using a steam generator. No chemistry, which is ideal for allergy sufferers, and hot steam will not only wash away dirt, but also kill the fungus. For seams, use a narrow-acting accessory. And a wider nozzle at the same time will wash all the tiles!
A third easy way to update tile joints is to use a special marker or paint. Yes, just paint over the black, give the seams a new look. First, the surface must be prepared, cleaned with one of the products listed by us, treated against mold, for example, with vinegar or an antiseptic. Wait for the joint to dry and apply paint.
It is convenient to use a marker if its width matches the seam size. Use, for example, inexpensive – about 300 rubles – Edding E-8200 markers. The downside is that they are only available in white, black and gray. If you have colored tile joints, you need to use special paints. For example, Fuga Fresca. You can add any color you need to such paint. By the way, some people just use water-based emulsion, but special paints for joints are much more reliable and durable.
The fourth option is the most time consuming – to replace the grout. First, you will need to remove the old composition. It is convenient to use a tool such as a seam expander. You can remove old grout with a thin and hard spatula, painting knife. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a grinder with a thin, already used disc, or a dremel with a special drill.
Important! Working with a power tool, especially a grinder, must be very careful – you can easily damage the tiles!
If you remove grout by hand mechanically, we recommend softening it first – it will be much easier to work. You can use special products such as Saubere Sache from Lugato, LitoClean Plus, Pufas Cement-EX. Sometimes ordinary vinegar can help soften the grout. All these products need to be gently applied to the seams with a brush and wait until dry. After that, even with a spatula, it will be easier to remove the grout.
Then the walls or floor must be vacuumed to finally get rid of the grout residues, after the seams, you can wash it again, wait for it to dry and apply a new composition. published by econet.ru
Subscribe to our Yandex Zen channel!
If you have any questions on this topic, ask the specialists and readers of our project here.
PS And remember, just by changing your consumption – together we are changing the world! © econet