I've been putting this off for a while, but I need to get this done. I tiled my kitchen, entryway, and bathroom last spring as some of you may remember. The grout in the kitchen quickly cracked and I had to painstakingly remove most of it and redo it.
So my first question is in regards to this regrouted job. Some, but to a much lesser scale, cracked again. Why is this? Is the floor beneath it unstable or something? Probably nothing I can do about that I suppose. It's concrete board underneath the tile that we put more than enough screws into so it should be solid.
Second question is in regards to the heavier trafficked areas of the tile in all 3 areas where I laid it. The grout became stained. I realize now that I should have sealed it which probably would have prevented both the staining and the cracking. Anyway, Knapp had suggested that I use bleach and that worked like a charm (he's good for something after all
). So this question has 2 parts:
1. For the cracked grout, I can remove this grout and regrout, wait 24 hours for it to dry, then immediately seal it.
2. For the stained, but not cracked grout, I can bleach it then immediately seal it.
Does that sound right? Anyone have much experience with this? Any advice would be appreciated. I'd like to close this chapter once and for all.
Also, our basement was carpeted last spring but we got some slight water damage and I removed all of the carpet down there (that sucked). My wife would love to put lament wood flooring down there, but I'm not so sure if this is a good idea with the possibility of more water damage. I do believe the water damage was due to clogged water drains which I'm going to either clean out more regularly or get those gutter helmet systems installed. Would the slightest bit of water damage lament wood flooring enough to justify not putting that in? And, if so, would tile be the way to go down there too? It's smooth concrete right now.
Any advice or suggestions on this topic would be greatly appreciated.