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Old 01-31-2018, 03:17 PM   #1
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Regrouting pebble tile

Hi, I have a bathroom floor (not in the shower) of pebble tile. After about 4 years the most trafficked area of the floor looks a bit dingy in the grout area and also seems to be worn down more (e.g. the grout is lower compared to the pebbles). To regrout it would someone need to remove all of the grout first, or do they put new grout on top? I'm wondering how big of a job it is, and if all the grout needs to be removed maybe I should change to tile. Thank you!!
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Ayn.

The industry standard is to remove at least 2/3rds the depth of the grout before re-grouting. Re-grouting in the best of conditions with simple square tiles is a hard, crappy chore. Re-grouting pebbles is inline with doing your own root canal. It’s exceedingly difficult to remove grout that is nearly rock hard around oddball pebbles. Slow and arduous would be a way to describe this process. While I love challenges, I wouldn’t even consider taking on a re-grouting job on a pebble floor.

Though...if the grout is really low, it’s un-sealed, and clean, it might be possible to grout over everything with epoxy grout. Do you have a picture you could share with us to see what you’ve got?

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Hi Ayn,

I would consider switching to tile.
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Old 02-02-2018, 11:33 AM   #4
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pebble tile

thank you, both. sounds like easier to tear it out? here is a photo, a bit shadowy but you can see some stains and a general "dingy" look in the more trafficked part.
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You could simply clean the floor with a high alkaline cleaner to freshen the appearance. Completely wet the surface with the cleaner and allow to dwell for about 5 minutes. Then agitate the surface with a nylon bristle brush to loosen the dirt. Wet vac off the resulting dirty mess. Then rinse with water and wet vac that off.

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Tool Guy's response it good advice. If cleaning alone doesn't work, you can consider restoring the color of the grout with Grout Refresh. I don't see a need to replace what you have, typically rounded pebbles like yours aren't grouted 'flush' to the top of the stones or you would see mostly grout, not the pebbles.
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