I have tiled walls around a built in enameled tub. The tile itself (4x4) is in excellent condition. However, there are a lot of gaps in the grout, from half an inch to two inches in length, scattered around.

The tile job was done about 16 years ago.

I like the tile and want to keep it. (It is pretty.)

Should I strip out all the grout and regrout the whole thing? Or is it OK to just push some grout into the gaps?


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You could push some grout into the bare areas but even if it was original from the same bag it will now be a different shade. I usually strip the grout for a level but not the entire wall I might cut just a slight amount on everything and when filling the bare areas work everything so the color matches or is not as obvious. After 16 years I probably would not be looking for flexing in this case and a refill will probably be fine.

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    How best to remove the existing grout? Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 4:49
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    @JonesomeReinstateMonica You can get a tile grout saw at your home store.They're about 5 to 10 bucks. Get a dust mask too.+
    – JACK
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 13:10
  • I prefer a saw , some use dremel tools but 1 slip and there is a scar on the tile, the saw is slower but you don’t need to cut much out and grout is soft.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 18:45

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