Care and Repair

Years of food and grease stains can penetrate surfaces, leaving grout a dingy mess. In extreme cases, the only cure may be to regrout or retile, but more often than not old grout can be renewed. All it takes is a degreasing agent, a stiff-bristle brush or commercial steam cleaner, and elbow grease. Some spot regrouting is usually necessary — a process that involves digging out and replacing cracked or crumbled areas. Debby Parker, who does business as The Tile Lady, has been in the industry for 25 years. In several hours, she and her husband, Roger Thorp, restored the tired grout in this Sacramento, California, kitchen.
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