Advice 1: How to update seams between tiles

Over time, the grout, which fills the spacing between the tiles is in disrepair. It eats dirt, soot, oily drops. White seams acquire an unpleasant yellow tint, and color grout loses its brightness. Return a fresh new look to old tile space in several ways. The result will depend on how much effort you put into it.
How to update seams between tiles
You will need
  • liquid cleaner for kitchen;
  • - old toothbrush;
  • - sponge;
  • - rubber spatula;
  • - screwdriver or rasseivateli joints;
  • dry grout;
  • - prepared grout in a tube;
  • marker with white paint;
  • - suture colors;
  • - tassels;
  • - primer.
Make cosmetic update seams between tiles. For this, thoroughly rinse the tile gap. Use the liquid cleaner for the kitchen. Look at the label, it must dissolve greasy dirt. It is very convenient to work if the liquid is in the tank with the spray. Spray the tiles and seams, take an old toothbrush or a sponge with a hard side and RUB the grout. Then all wash water and dry. Cover the seam with paint.
Use a special marker for the stitches, if you have white grout. Squeezing out spray white paint over the seams. Wipe off excess paint with a sponge.
For colored grout, apply suture of paint. They come in different colors. You can choose the desired color. Paint is sold in small jars, is applied to the seam of the usual brush for painting. When the paint between the tiles dries, sprinkle it with water from a flower spray bottle and wipe the excess with a sponge for washing dishes.
Use complex, but the most reliable way to update seams between tiles – it is a complete replacement of the old grout to a new one. Especially, if you notice in the tile space moldy spots. In this case, the cosmetic updates will help only for a short time. The fungus is deep, it must be destroyed.
Remove the old grout. This can be done with a special tool – rasseivatelei seams. If you don't have one, use a thin screwdriver. Clean the seam carefully not to damage the edge of the tile. To complete processing of cleared stitches you can use the old vacuum cleaner. He'll suck the remnants of dust and dirt between the tiles.
Prime thin brush tile space. If necessary, treat it with an antifungal compound. Let the surface dry completely.
Spread the grout with the desired color. With a rubber spatula, RUB the mass into the joints between the tiles. Immediately remove with a dry sponge the excess grout that gets on tile. Try to make everything as clean, or dried grout is difficult to remove from ceramic.
Useful advice
For local updates of stitches, you can use ready-made grout, which is sold in a tube. First remove the old ground between the tiles, Prime the surface and squeeze out of a tube of the new grout. Guide for the new seam with a wet finger, leveling the surface. Rinse off the excess with a sponge. Grout in a tube is white only.

Advice 2 : How to change the color of the grout

Tile grout has a great ornamental value – it gives the veneer finish and hides the defects of masonry. Properly selected color cement or epoxy mixture emphasizes the beauty of the tiles, allows you to create a holistic impression of the interior. To not have to frequently update or completely change the stitches, choose appropriate building materials. If, nevertheless, the color of the finished grout does not suit you, try to change it.
How to change the color of the grout
You will need
  • polymer varnish;
  • - tinting paste;
  • coloured grout.
Learn the techniques of processing tile joints and try to prevent errors during the repair. To the light color grout in the future is not changed, after removal of excess mixture from the tiles and smooth the joints be sure to remove the moisture gathered between the tiles. When joints are completely dry, it is advisable to grind them using a cotton cloth. If the room is dry, the seams moisturize, but only after 2-3 hours after grouting works. Use only clean water, or white mixture can be painted.
Apply on stained grout joints specialized glossy varnish for tiles, designed to give the veneer a decorative effect "smooth stone". Choose products of famous brands (such as "paint", Mapei, Cargo, Derufa, and others) and follow the manufacturer's instructions. This tool is able to update an ugly color of grout, to give it gloss. In addition, part of the polymer will be protected from the fungus will penetrate grout mix and make it moisture proof.
Experiment with different tinting pastes, which are recommended by manufacturers for tile grout. In DIY stores you can find a rich palette of colors. With their help, you can prepare decorative grout mixture in white or reinforce the tone color. Usually in a small number of ready-made grout mass is added the right color and carefully is made. The resulting colored mixture should be gradually added to the grout and constantly stir until you get uniform color.
Verify the color of the grout on the sample of ceramic tiles to verify the correctness of the choice of colour. It is important that the resulting mixture was left on the tile with permanent stains. Wait until tinted probe fully hardens, its color can be not as expected.
Be prepared for the fact that a homemade colored grout may be dull, or potosky over time. If you want to nicely handle tile seams, it is advisable to splash white mixture and immediately buy color well-known company – it is reliable pigmentidega in terms of large-scale production.
Useful advice
Carefully consider the color of the future veneers. Designers are advised to pick up the grout on the principle of contrast: light tiles dark joints and Vice versa. This method emphasizes the geometry of the pattern of the tile lining. Neutral tones cement or epoxy blends suitable for different types of coating. Contrasting same color should be selected carefully depending on its design ideas.
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