Update Kitchen Tile
What you'll need:
Years of wear can make your tile and grout look weathered and worn. You may even have a broken tile you'd like to remove...

Dremel tools are perfect for making updates to your tile.

In this project we removed grout to replace a broken tile. You can use the same grout removal technique if you would like to simply re-grout worn or moldy tile.
Other Supplies
  Grout Float
  Hammer or Rubber Mallet
  Tile Adhesive
Step-by-step instructions
Step 1
Step 1: Remove Grout

When removing wall or floor grout with your Dremel Rotary tool, the Attachment #568 makes the job easy! The attachment keeps the bit at the perfect cutting angle and guides the bit between tiles so you don't damage them.

First, insert the Rotary Accessory #569 and tighten with your EZ Twist Nosecap wrench or the wrench included in your tool kit.

- Plug in your tool and set it to 15,000 to 20,000 RPMs. That is switch setting 15 or 20 on your 4200 tool. If you are not using a 4200 tool, refer to the owners manual for your model on Dremel.com to determine the switch setting that achieves 15,000 to 20,000 RPMs.

- Using a pulling motion, work the bit through the grout. Make several passes through the grout if necessary. On your first pass, do not dig in too depp to the groupt. Aim for a depth to 1/8". Make a second or third pass if necessary.

Tip, If you own a #568 Attachment, you may find it handy for this job. Tip, Some homes may still have tile spacers in grout, work slowly and watch out for these spacers as they can damage your bit. On larger jobs, you may need to change bits as they wear. When removing grout due to mold, you need only to remove grout to the depth that the mold has penetrated.
Step 2
Step 2: Remove Tile

If you are removing grout to replace damaged or worn tile you will need to pry the old tile off.

- Here we used a chisel and added some force by lightly tapping it with a hammer.

- Having removed the grout around the tile will make this process easier, but do remember to continue wearing eye protection to avoid any debris getting into your eyes.
Step 3
Step 3: Re-grout and Wipe Off with Sponge

Brush away any excess debris and re-apply tile adhesive to the area you smoothed down.

- Set the new tile in its place, keeping an even space between the new tile and surrounding tiles. Allow to set overnight.

- Once the tile is set, re-grout with similar tile grout as was used around your other tiles for a uniform look. Using a grout float, force grout into the seams which need to be filled. Allow to dry then wipe off excess grout from surrounding tiles with a clean, damp sponge.
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