Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts
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Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

A deck is a beautiful outdoor asset to your home, and the right deck can make your living space seem larger. Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am a lover of all things related to the home. I enjoy decorating, repairing, restoring, and reading about ideas and even cleaning. Thanks to the success of our family business, I am able to work from home, and as I spend so much time here, I want it to look beautiful. If you want to have a beautiful home, I want to help you as well. In this blog, I am going to focus on decks in particular. I want to talk about repairing them, restoring them and reusing their old wood in new projects. If you want ideas or inspiration, I invite you to stay, take a look and enjoy these posts.

Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

Freshen Up Your Bathroom By Regrouting Your Tiles

Esperanza Arias

After a couple of years of use, even with proper cleaning and maintenance, your bathroom suite can start to feel a little tired and dingy. Unfortunately, ripping everything out and starting all over again can be a costly and time-consuming job. Not to worry, though. You may be surprised to see what a huge difference simply regrouting your old tiles can make to the finish of your bathroom. Follow the instructions below to tackle this job yourself cheaply and easily. You will need the following:

  • One grout removal tool. A hand tool should be sufficient for smaller jobs (i.e., for a few square feet of tiles); however, you may prefer to use an electrical tool for larger jobs. 
  • Grout. Either pre-mixed, or in powder form.
  • One grout float (a flat tool with a handle).
  • A sponge.
  • Safety goggles.

Step 1. Remove all of the old grout using your chosen tool. Scrape along the grout lines with the hand tool to easily remove old grout, or carefully guide the power tool along the grouted channel. It is recommended that you wear safety goggles during this part of the job to protect your eyes. It is very important to get all of the old grout out before proceeding to the next step, as the new grout may not adhere properly if any residue remains.

Step 2. Powdered grout mix will require the addition of water to make a thick paste, so begin by mixing the grout according to the directions on the box: usually around three parts grout to one part water. If you are using ready-mixed grout, proceed to step three!

Step 3. Having prepared your tiles, begin by scooping some of your grout onto your grout float, sweeping the grout upward and across the tiles, over the spaces you have cleared in between, collecting leftover grout as you go and guiding it into the gaps. This process is slightly easier when regrouting floor tiles; you will quickly establish a good rhythm and technique.

Step 4. Wet your sponge in a bucket of cold water and run it over the surface of your tiles to remove excess grout, taking care not to remove any of the grout you have just applied between your tiles. Repeat until all the excess grout is gone and leave to dry. You will likely find a small amount of powdery residue left on your tiles once they are completely dry. Leave your grout to set for at least 24 hours or more, depending on the directions on the container. Give your tiles a final wipe down and the job is complete!

For extensive projects, contact a professional business, such as Regrout Services.