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    DIY Basics: Part 2 - Grout and caulking

    Published on 30 January 2019, Wednesday, 5:33 AM

    Whether you are a handy home decorator or an enthusiastic renovator, there are a number of DIY essential skills that every homeowner should know.

    While you don't have to be an expert in the field of garden landscaping - or any other major renovation job for that matter - a bit of know-how when it comes to DIY work goes a long way, and will save you money on hiring a professional!

    Water exposure as well as general wear and tear can leave grouting and caulking looking unsightly - instantly bringing down the appearance of your bathroom or kitchen.

    From discolouration and mould, to crumbling and peeling, grouting can become a real eyesore, but the good news is re-caulking in between tiles is manageable for even the most inexperienced DIYer, and it will brighten a room instantly.

    To remove the grout you will need a bladed tool to scrape the old caulking out. Once you have done this, clean the surface thoroughly to ensure no dust or particles remain.

    When re-grouting, make sure you have a mixture with the consistency of toothpaste - spread this over the surface with a squeegee to ensure the grout gets in all the gaps.

    Once the grout or caulking is set, you can use a damp sponge to remove any excess.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.