Getting Rid of Grotty Grout


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At some point, your bathroom or kitchen will look really awful because of moldy, discolored tile grout. The tilework is one of the focal points of the kitchen and bathroom. And tile grout plays an essential role in the physical feature of the tilework. If it is moldy or dirty, it affects the entirety. You may come to realize that it does not work for you anymore and you need to do something to get rid of the eye sore.

Without a doubt, cleaning your tiles is practically easy and maintaining its cleanliness takes little effort. But its grout often lets the side down. But do not fret, a chipped or dirty grout does not mean you have to replace the tiles and start again from scratch. Just remove and replace old grout and it is a relatively quick and easy job!

But before deciding whether to remove your existing grout, assess if your problem can be solved with cleaning products like spray for molds and know that there are some techniques you can perform to clean dirty that only require things that are certainly available in your home like the infamous soda and vinegar mixture or any bleach-based cleaning solutions which are proven effective. You could also utilize products that can revive grouts which are available on the market. If all else fails and you still are not happy with the result, then proceed to the methods that we are going to discuss.

Basically there are two ways you can choose from in removing grout. You can either go with using tools that are electric-powered or manual tools. But the catch is you would be needing a lot of tenacity on the latter. We will go over whatever your choice or preference is.

Using Manual Tools

If you are on a budget and do not want to purchase a power tool, you would probably do it manually with the help of tools that are present in your house.


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Tool Option 1: If you have an old model can opener (lever-type), you can utilize its tip. This should work just fine although you need to have patience as this process and tool necessitates time and vigor. Scrape out the existing grout with the point until every hardened grout is removed. If the point becomes blunted, hone it using a file.

Tool Option 2: You do not have an old can opener, no problem! You can always make a tool out of things. Get a shot to medium wood dowel and a 2-inch finishing nail. Create a small hole about an inch from the dowel’s end and using a hammer, drive the nail through the hole, and voila! You’ve got yourself a DIY grout-remover tool. Use it like how you make use of the can opener, point the nail in a joint between the tiles and do downward strokes to remove the existing grout. Again this requires patience to get results. Sharpen the nail with a file if it gets blunted.

Using Electric-Powered Tools


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If you are aiming to finish your grout-removing project in a fast pace, then you should probably go with power tools. The advantage of making use of rotary tools for this case (or any job at least) is speed. However, a power tool lives up to its description. It can be powerful for such job. And in removing grout, you might damage tiles if you do not become extra careful using a powerful tool.

In using a power tool, first put the right blade assigned for tile grout and turn it on. Next, apply it to the grout and straight on, in a light manner. You do not need to put a lot of pressure on it. The blade should to do the work itself. For the grout that is hidden behind the tiles, incline the blade at an angle very slightly. But make sure to work carefully. We do not want to ruin any tile. After removing the visible grout, get a flathead screwdriver to remove loose bits that are still present.

Keeping the Lawn Greener As Ever


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The average residential lawn in the United States is about 11,000 square feet but the number can vary depending on the state you live in. It is estimated that about 30 million acres of lawns are hosted by American homes. These lawns are used for several activities such as picnics, Frisbee games, and barbecue parties. Keep your lawn lush regardless of the endless footprints and the harsh sun. In this article, we will discuss some techniques and methods to keep a lush lawn.

Soil Testing


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Testing your soil through soil test gives you the accurate measurements of pH. It also provides the quantity as well as the nutrients available and present in the soil including phosphorus and nitrogen. You can rely a do-it-yourself home test but unlike the chemical lab test, home kit test are usually consistently good for pH measurement only. So if you are want data of what your lawn greenery needs to thrive, then you should probably acquire the service of a cooperative extension who will conduct the test.

Supplemental Element

There is no recipe that is suitable for many soil situation during springtime. Soil testing will provide ideas on what adjustments you should make. Taking the test results to a gardening center will help you get helpful tips.

It is best to go for a fertilizer that is organic and releases an ample but steady amount of nutrients as time goes by. Apply it to the external edges of the lawn. The cover the center, extending over each pass by little inches. Subsequently, you will need to do frequent mowing as you are putting in additional nutrients at a time of growth that is fast-paced.

Calcium Deficiency

One indicator that your soil lacks calcium is the presence of lawn weeds. The ideal ratio of calcium-to-magnesium should be 7 to 1. If your soil fail to meet that standard, the best way to do is to lay out high calcium hydrated lime or slacked lime over the lawn. It is one of the most effective mixture for pH adjustment and acid neutralization thus, essential to magnify your lawn’s nitrogen-absorbing ability and synthesize proteins, doing weed out of food.

Added Compost


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The grass that occurs early benefits from additional compost which can be either “homemade” or from a gardening center in your area. Ideally, apply about half an inch layer over the lawn scraping it into the surface. Make use of finished compost. It should have a rich, dark brown color, crumbles in your hand, and smells like earth. Some indications that the compost is not yet ready are visible food content and the pile is still warm.

Pulling Up Weeds

If you notice weeds popping up after a spring rain it is best to pull them while they are still small and the soil is moist. They should come out easily by hand.

A Well Kept Mower

You should maintain your lawn mower. A mower with blunted blades do not cut the grass clean but rather tear it off resulting to uneven surface which makes diseases to easily develop. It is advisable to sharpen the blade after using the mower for an 8-hour mowing activity.

Let it Grow


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Your lawn could look like a golf course with short grass. Do not keep it that way. Let your grass grow to about three to 3 and 3/12 inches long maintaining that length for the entire season. In this way, the grass haulm will screen seeds of weed and during the summer screens the soil hence, evaporation is reduced.

When the fall comes, you can already go back and shear it short because during this season, weed seeds are not as plentiful and you do not have to worry about evaporation.