Your tiles are bound to deteriorate over time whether that's due to pressure from moving around furniture or using acidic cleaners which weaken the soft grout sealant and make them more susceptible to cracks.
Our handymen deal with all the different types of joints involved with group repair, including soft or control and expansion joints. A soft joint for instance is a binding line filled with colored silicone or caulk instead of cement, while expansion joints act as stabilizers in tile assembly and allow for the expanding and contracting of the tile. This is to prevent tiles on hard flooring from cracking due to heavy furniture, being walked on, water damage, or excessive moisture from humid climate resulting in crumbling in between the tile lines.
Grout is made of cement and hardens when mixed with water. So regardless of whether you are looking for a grout repair or replacement, it’s basically the same procedure to restore cracked grout lines.
Here are the steps we take for grout repair to carefully restore your tiles:
- Choose your preferred grout material from the four standard types: sanded, unsanded, acrylic latex, and epoxy. We recommend the unsanded, acrylic, or epoxy grout for lesser damaged tiles and the sanded variety for more damaged tiles.
- Choose the proper color: Match the grout color to your tile color
- Tile surface prep: We clean the tile area using various methods. For example, with a one-to-one vinegar and water mixture and lightly coat the area with a spray bottle alongside using a grout saw to scrape away any damaged grout and carefully dampen the joints with a wet rag. Another method we use is combining baking soda, liquid dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide to form a scrubbing paste. After gently wetting the surface we use a brush to apply the paste to the grout lines rubbing as we go along. We allow this to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing with water and wiping away with a microfiber cloth or sponge. Of course, many people can prep the tile surface themselves but some prefer to leave it to a professional to avoid damaging the grout, sealant, or tile.
- Grouting: We mix the powdered mixture and begin applying it in subtle layers carefully filling all the joints completely to the brim. We continue smoothing over the surface with a damp sponge as we go along so as to remove the excess grout but not so much as to accidentally remove the grout lining between the lines. After the application, we seal the lines if necessary and we allow the grout to rest and set firmly before cleaning with a damp rag. If a cloudy haze shows it indicates the grout is now dry and we remove the film with a dry towel or cloth. Sometimes grout lines weren’t properly finished in the first place so you may have pin holes and weak spots where the grot is seeping through. In those instances, we can likely repair the area without having to proceed with removal and replacement by cementing over extra material atop the existing grout.
Many Dallas residents may try to do the grout repair process on their own to save a few bucks. Remember if you miss a step or rush through the careful application you can fudge the end result, leading to an unattractive appearance. It’s best to entrust a skilled handyman to do the job right the first time.
Depend On Mr. Handyman For Expert Dallas Grout Repair
Are you in need of a skilled handyman to undertake home improvement projects in your house, including expert grout repair? Dallas homeowners can rely on the team of trained professionals at Mr. Handyman of Dallas, who are at the forefront of courteous customer satisfaction and available to accommodate your schedule.
Our uniformed handymen arrive promptly and take charge by aligning with your home improvement project’s trajectory. We’ll give our best recommendations during the consultation and answer any questions, comments, or concerns prior to beginning any service work to guarantee the final results match your expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Grout Repair Or Replacement
WHAT ARE SOME RED FLAGS THAT REQUIRE A GROUT REPAIR?
The most common red flags for grout repair in Dallas, TX include:
- Chipped grout
- Broken tiles
- Cracked grout
- Crumbling grout
- Moisture damage
- Loose tiles
If the grout in your tile floor isn’t fixed at the first warning sign, it’s possible that the damage could spread to your tiles as well, leading to a need for not just grout repair, but also floor repair services.
HOW CAN I PROPERLY CLEAN THE GROUT ON THE TILES?
After installation, clean your grout with oxygenated cleaners or mild detergent when your tiles are looking dingy. It’s best practice to dilute these cleaners with water to concoct a solution that you can lightly mist onto the tile with a spray bottle. After soaking the tile you can scrub away the grout with a toothbrush as the softer bristles are less likely to damage the finished grout. After you’re done you can wash over the tile with a damp sponge. If your grout is dirtier than usual, you can use one of the surface prep methods we mentioned earlier.
HOW DO YOU PRESERVE GROUT TO MAKE YOUR TILE FLOORING LONG-LASTING?
Think of your tile as an upfront investment and with proper upkeep, you will reduce the likelihood of needing grout repair. The lifespan of tile flooring if done correctly by a novice is about 20 years–and if performed by an expert with high-quality tile material and proper installation can last you upwards of more than 30 years plus. If you do proper maintenance by cleaning occasionally and lifting heavier furniture rather than skidding it across the floor, your tile flooring will literally last you a lifetime.
It’s Time To Illuminate Your Room! Trust Mr. Handyman for Dallas Grout Repair
Trust us when it comes to brightening up your home’s spaces and know the difference a tile repair will make, If you are in need of an aesthetically pleasing grout repair or replacement in Dallas or nearby areas of Addison, Carrollton, or Garland reach out to your friendly handyman experts at Mr. Handyman of Dallas to step in.
Our courteous customer service representatives can be reached to schedule a convenient appointment and answer any questions you may have.