Hello, the fact that you have chosen to read this today shows that either you are planning to get the retiling of your bathroom or kitchen done or you are up for the venture all by yourself. Either way, this blog on grouting will give you a complete idea starting from the types of grout top and how you are supposed to do grout tiles.
So read on.
Why is Grouting Done?
Generally, grouting is done to protect the bathroom and kitchen tiles from all kinds of dirt, damages caused, moisture and wearing of the tiles. Did you know that grouting is the last and the simplest step of bathroom or kitchen tiling, even when compared to placing the tiles?
With all said and done, it is also one of the most neglected step being the last step, leading to shabby finishing of the tiles which in due course will lead to complete tiling disaster as the entire effort will go in vain if grouting is not done right since the protection of your tiling is at stake. So check out the next section below to know how to grout like a pro.
The things needed before you start grouting are as follows:
- Tub of grout/adhesive
- Squeegee or plastic spreader
- Sponge Bucket
To begin with, there are a total of 4 types of grouts available. So it completely depends on you and the need as per the kitchen tiles to choose which grout. Check out the 4 types:
1. Cement-based Grout
The easiest grout to work on tiles although it’s a little weaker compared to the rest.
2. Epoxy Grout
For the tile type that demands water resistance greatly, this epoxy grout is used, which on the other hand is a little expensive. It is best for grouting bathroom tiles.
3. Latex-modified Sanded Cement Grout
It is just like cement-based grout although the water resistance of this grout is a lot more than the cement grout.
4. Caulking Grout
This grout is basically used to fill in the gaps and the spaces which are out of hand’s reach. They come in a squeezy tube or can be applied using a caulking gun.
Now that we know what kind of grouts to choose, let’s delve into the actual process of grouting.
How to Grout Tiles?
1. Putting together the Grout
As most of the grouts are powdered it’s better to have a bucket with little water handy. Next, you can pour the grout powder into it and stir it well using a stick. Make sure to stir and add the grout powder simultaneously to prevent it from lumping. Stir it into a consistency of whipped cream.
2. Applying the Grout
Get a grout spreader or a squeegee to apply the grout on to the tile. Make sure to take a dollop of grout mixture and squeeze it in the gaps. Spread it across a 45 angle degree to get an even grouted wall or floor.
3. Filling the Gaps with Grout
The curing of the grout is done once it is filled and spread, so ensure to fill all the found gaps on the flooring or walls as well with grout while it is still moldable using tools and has not hardened. Another important thing to remember here is to read the instructions and cautions on the packaging of the powdered grout, as the drying time would have been specified on the packaging. Then clean of the unwanted grout to give a smooth and clean finishing of the tiles.
4. The Final Sealing of the Grout
In order to make the joints completely waterproof, it is necessary to use the right kind of grout seal. Again reading and following the instructions for sealing is important as you will have to seal both the joints with an application and wipe the excess droplets.
5. Drying Time
Read the package and make sure you leave the newly grouted tiles to dry then you can polish them using a fresh cloth to make them shine.
And that’s all folks you have a brand new kitchen/bathroom as the last step of tiling – grouting is completed.
Hope this guide helps you with your grouting project. The best way to grout tiles is to hire a professional to do the job.