If done correctly, grouting can give your tile a great look. The right tools and techniques will help you get results you can be proud of. This article will give you some grouting tips that will help you get an attractive and durable finished product.
Let the Grout Set
It’s important to let the grout set 10 minutes after mixing. This allows the water to absorb into the dry ingredients. Once the grout is set, remix and add water and powder as needed until the grout has a mayonnaise-like texture.
Don’t Spread too Much Grout at Once
Once grout starts to harden, you will have to move quickly to clean it off before it gets rock hard. You can keep this from happening by grouting small areas at a time. Spread grout into a 3 x 3 ft. area. Then finish grouting, shaping the joints and cleaning each section before proceeding.
Force Grout into Joints
If all joints are completely filled with grout, the grouting will last longer. Therefore, you want to make several passes over each area coming from different directions with the grout float. The float should be held at a 45-degree angle to ensure the grout gets into the joint. Once the joints are filled, remove excess grout by holding the float at a 90-degree angle and scraping it off.
Tool the Joints
Dragging a tool across each joint will work to shape and compact the grout. You can use the rounded corner of the grout float, the rounded edge of a toothbrush handle or whatever tool has the right radius to create a slightly concave joint.
Remove Excess Grout from Tile
This can be done with a damp sponge. Grout will be easiest to clean when it’s slightly hardened.
Clean excess grout by starting on one side of the grouted area positioning the sponge with the corner in contact with the wall. Clean in one continuous stroke. Keep rotating the sponge using different corners to clean grout. When all four corners are dirty, rinse the sponge, wring well and continue.
Remove Grout from Corners Before Caulking
Caulk should be used at the corners of the tile instead of grout because it’s flexible and can handle slight movement. Before applying, grout must be removed at these areas. You can use a utility knife for narrow spaces or an old screwdriver for wider joints.
Seal Porous Tile Before Grouting
If you are grouting porous tile and stone, grout will stick to the surface and be extremely difficult to clean off. To keep this from happening, apply a thin coat of sealer. Wipe off excess sealer with a cloth and let it dry before grouting.
These are all tips that will help you get the desired results from your grouting project. Of course, if you do not feel confident about your DIY skills, there are plenty of contractors available to do the job as well. Whatever, path you choose, here’s hoping you get a finished product you are happy with. For more tips and tricks, check out our other blogs!