How to Grout Tile
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The first thing you need to do when you’re learning how to grout ceramic tile is make sure that you have a clean and flat area to install your tiles. See to it that the sub-flooring is completely even. Then you want to measure the room that you are tiling and find the exact center. After that, you want to use chalk lines to help you draw these lines on the floor. (Tip: Spraying over the lines with hairspray will make them more permanent).
Mixing Your Grout Paste
Mix only as much of the grouting paste as you can use in the next 20 to 30 minutes. Generally if you are using a 5 gallon bucket for mixing, you’ll want to only fill it about one-third of the way with your grouting compound. Then slowly add water to it until you have the right consistency. If you choose to have a bit thicker paste, it will actually hold the tiles in place better. But you won’t have as much time to work before your paste dries. Non-sanded grout paste will have the consistency of very thick cake batter. Sanded grout will have the consistency of wet sand.
Make sure that your tiles are adequately spaced, and that you cut the corners and the edges so that they fit properly. When you’re putting the tiles in place, do not stand on them. This will make them very uneven. After carefully and evenly spreading the grouting paste over the grout using a float with quarter-inch ridges, all you need to do is simply slide the tiles into place. You can tap on them lightly and make sure to space them properly. One good tip is to just set one tile on top of the other one, pull it and feel it slide right into place. This is better than trying to put the tile directly on the grouting paste and sliding it forward.
Make sure the mixture has no lumps before spreading it on the floor. If you start with lumpy grout paste, you are likely to not do a very good job.
Grouting The Lines
After all of your tile is securely in place, the next step is to use a float to help you grout the tile line. 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 because 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.”
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