We all know that tiles, whether for flooring or not, needs grouting. Grouting is the process of filling spaces and gaps to avoid any foreign object from penetrating your tiles. To do this, you need to use a fluid form of concrete. A proper mix of grout and its right application is necessary unless you want to rebuild the flooring over and over again.
Here are the steps on how to grout your tile project.
Step 1: Mix the grout well.
The quality of your grout will highly depend on how you mix it. Most grouts that is available on the market right now are ready-mix. However, experts [refer buying a powdered type and mix it with water. Why? It allows you to estimate the thickness and consistency of the mixture.
After mixing the powder and water, allow it to sit for 10 -15 minutes . This will let the water to moisten up the mix. Then, stir it again. This step is called “slaking.” Continue mixing until the grout reaches a “mayonnaise-like” or “toothpaste-like” texture. Just put it in a small bucket and get ready to apply it.
Always remember that kind of grout you use on all your tiles should be of the same quality.
Step 2: Apply the grout mix on the tiles.
Just get an exact amount and put it in your grout float. Place your float at the bottom of your tile wall and gently push the float upwards. Don’t worry if your grout doesn’t get into the joints quickly.
To force the grout to sink into joints, you must hold the float in a 45-degree angle and push it in a diagonal manner. Take note that your grout mixture easily hardens, depending on the temperature and humidity of your work area. So, you need to clean the tile before the grout gets hard. Otherwise, it’ll be hard to remove it.
Step 3: Remove excess mixture.
Use a clean sponge in removing the excess amount of grout from your tiles. Just get a pail of water and dampen your sponge. Start from one side of the area and move your sponge upwards. Once done, turn your sponge to any side that is clean and continue dragging. If all of the sponge’s side is already used, clean it off using water until all of the grout mixture on the sponge is completely removed.
Do not use a wet sponge, though. It will cause the water to drip down into your tiles, and you will have to clean everything again.
To protect your tiles from interior damage, a proper grouting must be observed. You can do the grouting by yourself. You just have to make sure that all of the grouting steps are followed. If you are not confident with your skills, you can just a hire a skilled worker to do the job for you