Grouting Textured Tiles
Popularity for textured tiles has significantly increased over the past few years, and while these patterned tiles create a fantastic look to any area, they are much more difficult to grout than any standard tile. But with the right approach, textured tiles can be fixed easily.
- Wet the tiles: Before grouting the tiles, it helps to wipe them over with a damp cloth. This will make wiping any excess grout from the tiles easier and stop the grout from sticking to them.
- Try to stay within the lines: When grouting, try as best you can to keep the solution in the grooves between the tiles as much as possible. The easiest way to do this is through the help of a grout bag (or piping bag) which will leave a clean and neat look to your grout application.
- Clean excess immediately: When grouting, whenever you see a small spillage on the tiles, clean it off straight away. If grout is left on tiles for extended time periods it can become extremely difficult to remove and potentially ruin the look of your tiles.
- Use a toothbrush: If you get some grout stuck in any small or tough spots in the tiles, don’t use any household cleaning products. These can be harmful to both the tiles and the grout, rather just gently scrub at it with a tooth brush to remove it.
How to Seal Crackle Glaze Tiles When Using Dark Grout
Glazed tiles are a stunning addition to any kitchen or bathroom, but that cracked vintage look can often create trouble when applying a grout. The main issue that arises with this type of tile is that the cracks in the glaze promote moisture absorption into the tile which eventually cause stains and dis-colourisation.
A simple solution to this is a glaze protector solution that seals and protects the tiles not just from grout but any future spills or grime accumulation. Such products can be found in most hardware stores, but before you purchase a solution, speak to your tile specialist about which one will best protect your surfaces.
How To Remove And Replace A Broken Tile
Stained, chipped or cracked tiles can be very hard to hide in any area and can often ruin the entire look of your surfaced room. Whats worse is the thought of having to retile your entire space because of one damaged tile; but this is not your only option! It can be a simple and easy task to remove and replace a single tile without affecting or changing the look of the other tiles, if you know how to do it correctly.
- Firstly you want to protect all surrounding surfaces. Clear out as much as you can from the room or area and cover each surface with an old sheet or some towels.
- Next you want to loosen the grout around the edges of the damaged tile by using a simple grout remover tool.
- After loosening the grout, you want to drill about three holes into the centre of the tile. Be careful to only drill as deep as the tile itself (around 1/4 of an inch) and not to drill into the wall or floor underneath.
- To remove the centre of the tile, use a hammer and small chisel to gently break up the tile between the drilled holes and chip it out. Then carefully chisel the remainder of the tile out towards the edges without chipping the surrounding tiles.
- Once all the tile is removed, attempt to scrape off as much adhesive that was lying underneath as possible (try to keep the surface as level as you can). To check if you have removed as much adhesive as you need to, place the new tile in position to see if it aligns in level with the other tiles.
- Once the tile seems to fit well, apply an adhesive to the tile gap and some to the back of the new tile and place it into position. Press down to secure and ensure an even level. Be sure to remove any excess adhesive that may squeeze into the grout lines immediately before it drys. You can do this using any grout remover device or tool that fits in the space.
- Once the adhesive is dry, apply gout to the grooves between the tiles to seal it in place. Follow all instructions on the grout solution package until it drys completely. Then give it a clean over with a sponge or cloth to remove any spills. If your surface has been sealed previously, you can seal the new tile swell for future protection.