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Grout in bathroom & shower is cracking, probably due to movement. What is best way to remedy this? Silicone caulking?

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If it were me,I would replace the grout,but that's my job.lol
Silicone caulking will just leave an ugly mess if it's cracking in random (large)areas,however,it would keep the water out.
If you have lots of ambition you could try to patch with grout. You would need to purchase the same color of course. Mix up small batches at a time and use your finger tip to spread the new grout into the bad spots or use a small putty knife for spreading it. I wouldn't spend the money on professional tools unless you plan on doing this full time.
Even a piece of cardboard could be used to spread it.
Follow the directions on the grout package,just using smaller amounts. Apply grout,let sit for about 10 minutes,and then wipe up excess with a damp sponge. Make sure you only make one pass at a time and do it gently...rinse sponge between wipes.

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Feel free contact me again!
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