How to Grout Ceramic Tile The Quick and Easy Way
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The first thing you need to do when you’re learning how to grout ceramic tile is to lay all the tiles down on the ground. Make sure that they are adequately spaced, and that you cut the corners and the edges so that they fit properly. Before I knew how to grout ceramic tile, I hired a contractor who did it the wrong way. He pretended like he was laying bricks and not tile. He put the grout paste on the floor and then added the tiles to the paste. I ended up having to take the tile out later on, because it was not even and it did not line up on the edges. So the first thing you need to do when you’re laying tile is to make sure that you have all the tiles down on the ground, properly cut and fitted before you start laying down the grout paste.
Mixing the Grout Paste
Before you start mixing the paste, make sure that there are not any lumps in the mixture. If you start with lumpy grout paste you are likely to not do a very good job. There are two different types of grout paste. One has the consistency of wet sand, and the other one has a consistency that is more like wet cement. You can use both for ceramic tile. Typically the smaller ceramic tiles will use the batter-like or cement-like consistency, and the larger tiles that are often used on outdoor patios, will use the mixture that looks more like wet sand.
You want to add the dry grout mixture to an empty bucket. Then, slowly add water and continue mixing it until you get the consistency that you want.
Putting Down the Grout Paste
The next step is to use a float to help you put down the grout paste. If you are grouting ceramic flooring, start in the corner that is the furthest from your exit point. Try and put the paste directly into the grout lines. Use the float to remove all the excess grouting material in a diagonal direction across the tiles. After about 20 minutes, take a break from using the float, and go back with a wet sponge and carefully clean off the surface of the tiles. Be careful not to get the grout very wet when you are cleaning it off, as this could cause you to end up with weak joints. Repeat this process of mixing more paste, filling in all the grout joints, and wiping the tiles clean, until you have finished the entire room. After that, you want to allow the grout to cure for 24 to 48 hours. After the grout has cured, your next step is to use a grout sealer and apply two or three layers of grout sealer to help protect the grout against dirt and moisture. Most of the time, it is a good idea to use a high-quality silicon grout sealer because this will protect your grout for a long time. It will also make it take a lot longer for grout stains to start showing up. Below is a good video that shows a few simple tips on grouting tile the easy way:
For more readings on tile grouting, please also read our article “How To Grout Bathroom Tile.“
We hope that this helped you learn a bit more about how to grout ceramic tile. If you have any more questions please feel free to leave them as a comment on this page.