Tile Refinishing Home Improvement

by Jane VanOsdol on March 30, 2011

Do you have a tiled countertop or tile tub surround that is looking a little worn or outdated? Perhaps it has some minor damage? Well, if you’re tired of the tile and ready to rip it out, first consider the option of having the tile refinished instead of replaced.

Refinishing your tile is about half the price of replacing it with new, and the results are stunning. You won’t even be able to tell it’s the same tile. It’s also a very “green” option for you, reusing and refurbishing an existing material, instead of replacing it with new. Let’s look at how the process works.

Tile Refinishing

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles, and other materials as well, are good candidates for tile refinishing.

1.     The first step is to clean the tile, removing, dirt, soap scum and any product residues.

2.     Next, any chips or scratches are fixed. You’ll no longer have to live with these annoying imperfections.

3.     After that your tile refinishing expert will apply new grout to the tile, making sure that the new grout lines are filled and even. So, if the current grout just hasn’t been coming clean, you’ll be thrilled with the results of how the new grout will look.

4.     After this work is complete, then a series of steps is followed to apply the finish. These steps include the application of primers, bonding agents, numerous topping coats and clear finishes.

Tile Finishing Choices

Another exciting benefit about refinishing your tile is that you have options. Tile refinishing companies offer a wide variety of tile colors and textures to complement your décor. Whether you want a simple tile surface repair for chips or cracks, or you’re looking to mix things up and completely change the color of the tile to coordinate with a new color scheme, you’ll find a solution for your needs.


Not only will your tile look absolutely beautiful, but it will also last for several years. Most tile refinishing companies warranty their work for about five years. One thing to keep in mind is that generally kitchen and bathroom tiles are excellent candidates for tile refinishing. One area that usually does not hold up well to refinishing is tile entryways. Often times there is just too much dirt and grit in these areas, which will damage the new finish.

So, before you rip out your old tile, it’s worth your time to get an estimate on the possibility of refinishing it. It will save you time and money and yield beautiful results.

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