How to Grout Tiles

When you are designing your kitchen or bathroom with new tile,  grout will be the finishing piece to your newly designed puzzle. Many people assume that tile grouting is hard, but with the right tools, it’s actually a fairly simple DIY job. Follow the process step-by-step and the tile will look like a professional did it.

The tools you will need for the job:

  • Grout
  • Plastic spreader
  • Squeegee
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Cloth
  • Pliers
  • Scraper

Step 1: Remove plastic spacers

After about 24 hours of letting the tile adhesive dry, remove any excess adhesive. Next, you have to remove the plastic tile spacers, which will require pliers. The scraper will work well to remove any adhesive left on the new tile surface.

Step 2: Spread the grout

Take a chunk of grout about the size of a golf ball and spread it over the surface. Either the grout spreader or squeegee can be used to spread it around. Hold the tool at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Move the grout in a diagonal motion across the tile.

Step 3: Work the grout into the tile gaps

Cover about one square meter of tile at a time when you are working the grout into the gaps. Double check the drying time on the package to ensure you are allowing it to set long enough. Before it dries, use a damp sponge to remove the excess grout. Rinse it off as you use it to ensure only clean water is used. Hold sponge at a right angle and lightly spread across each tile.

Step 4: Clean up excess grout

As you continue to grout the entire area of the room, remember to remove any excess grout. If it doesn’t get removed right away, the grout will dry in places that you don’t want it to. Once it has dried, it can be hard to remove.

Grouting tips

New forms of grouting are much more affordable then before. It allows you to transform your bathroom or kitchen for a low price.

Powered grout removers, found at any hardware store, can make the grouting process much quicker. Many people choose to replace the tile grout because it is old and stained. However, there are some cases that black mold could grow from it. To ensure this doesn’t happen with your new grout, use a grout that contains a fungicide.

Grout is sold in stores either as a powder or ready-mixed. Either way can be effective as long as it’s water-proof. If you are using the powder, avoid adding excess water to the grout mixture. Though it spreads more easily, the grout won’t be as strong. Also, make enough to cover the entire floor or wall. Avoid mixing old grout with the new grout.

Use a piece of dowel to make a neater job of wider grout lines. Before the grout sets, drag the dowel across the tile.

Once the grout is completely set, the room is finished. It is important that you maintain the grout to avoid having to redo it so soon. The carpet cleaners at Perfect Pear can effectively clean all types of tile and grout. For more information about Orlando grout cleaning, contact 407.688.2121.

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