How to Repair Grout around the Bathtub

What You'll Need
Grout Saw
Damp cloth
Grout Sealant

If you wish to maintain a clean, shiny bathtub that both your family and guests can enjoy, it’s important to know how to repair grout around your bathtub, especially if you are planning to remodel your bathroom.

Before you learn to manage grout, you should first understand that grout is the valuable “glue” that seals the tiles of your bathroom area. It’s a needed construction material that must be clean and maintained at all times. Grout is a reliable material, usually made from cement or mortar, used to fill in cracks and cavities that could potentially ruin the appearance and/or function of your bathtub area.

Yet aged and dirty grout around bathtubs gives the whole bathroom a less than clean look. Most home improvement experts agree that, when it comes to grout, replacement is the true key to repair. The application of new, fresh grout can add a whole new sheen to the area surrounding your bathtub, creating a cleaner, more polished look.

Steps to Repair Grout Around the Bathtub

Step1: Clean the Surroundings of the Bathtub

Before you apply new grout around your bathtub, you must first remove the old, excess stuff that posed the problem in the first place.  Many people use a razor blade for this purpose, though you must be careful not to scratch the tub. Others prefer to use a proessional grout saw or the sharp end of a utility knife.  Regardless of the tool you choose, it’s important to handle this tool carefully, applying it only to the excess grout you wish to remove.

Step2: Clean Grout

The next step is to use a damp cloth coated either with water or a solution of 50 percent water, 50 percent bleach to clean your work area, removing any remaining traces of grout, along with the fungus and mildew that accompany it.

Step3: Apply New Grout

Now it’s time to apply the new grout, which can be purchased either in its purest form or perhaps pre-mixed. If the grout has not been mixed, you may have to add water to the mix and then apply this mixture with the help of a spatula or other helpful household tool. Once the application is complete, allow your work area to dry for 24 to 72 hours, or as recommended by package instructions, then clean the excess grout with a gentle, non-scratching abrasive pad.

Step4: Apply Grout Sealant

The final step is to apply a grout sealant, again cleaning up any excess liquid after allowing appropriate time for drying.

As other grout management options, you can search local home improvement stores to seek tools and products to recolor or remove mold and fungus from existing grout.  You even have the option of painting grout, with the use of artist brushes or a toothbrush-style tool.

Regardless of how you choose to manage and repair your bathtub grout, your primary objective will always be a cleaner, shinier tub area; an area that maintains a new, fresh look, regardless of its age or degree of use.