Grouting is about filling up the spaces in between tiles. If done properly, you will end up with professional looking tiles that are attractive and durable. That is why it is important that you know how to grout well. Here are some tips and techniques to help you do the job right.
Grout usually comes in the form of powder in containers. One of the best things that you can do is to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the container and make sure to follow them.
So as to get the best consistency, use as little water as you can when mixing it. Make sure to mix up the consistency thoroughly until there is no more powder left in it. The consistency should be like that of peanut butter. Also, it is important that you do not mix up too much grout. Only mix the required amount at a time. This is to prevent the grout from drying out before you use it.
You can only apply the grout after the adhesive you used to apply the tiles has dried up. It is also important that you pick the right type of color or shade that goes well with your tiles.
Before you start applying the grout, you need to clean up the space in between the tiles. Get rid of any dust or debris that might have accumulated in the spaces. Use a vacuum cleaner or scrape away anything that might have gotten stuck in between the spaces.
Spread out the grout
Spread out the grout at a diagonal angle. This forces the grout deep into the surface of the tiles. It also prevents the grout from coming back out of the spaces.
When grouting corners, use a grouting calk. Just apply enough grout using the tool, since this will make it more challenging for you to clean, just apply enough grout.
Clean the surface
Once you have applied the grout, give it a few minutes to dry out and then clean the tiles surface with a damp sponge. The sponge should not be wet, just damp. Drag out the sponge in a circular motion. You have to be careful, so that you do not dig out any of the grout between the tiles.
Also, don’t just use any other sponge, use a water loving sponge. You can find these sponges being sold where the tile are also being sold.
Once the grout has dried out, apply a sealer. Use a small paint brush or seal applicator to apply it. Clean out any smears within a few minutes of application. The sealer will make the grout waterproof, thereby increasing the lifespan of the tiles and making it easy to clean up the tiles.
If you have some grout left over, don’t get rid of it. Keep it for future use. Just make sure to keep it in a moisture free place. You can use it for future repairs.