Top tips for successful grouting
When it comes to learning how to grout tiles, the basic process of grouting is essentially the same regardless what type of tile you’re working with and whether you are intending to tile a wall or a floor. Grout is available is either a powder form which you can mix with water, or pre-mixed for you and ready to use right away. Regardless of which sort of grout you use, you should ensure you have sufficient grout available to complete the project. You should also choose your type of grout carefully, for example, you will require a waterproof grout in areas where water may get onto the tiles. The key thing to remember is that you should make sure that the spaces between the you have laid are are filled thoroughly. If you do this, your grout will properly hold the tiles in place.
Essential additional grouting equipment
*If you are replacing old grout you’ll also need grout cleaner and a grout rake
- Damp sponge
- Small bucket
- Grout shaper
Stage by stage grouting tips
Stage 1 - Mix your grout properly
Mixing your grout properly is the starting point. If you are using a powdered grout, you should start by pouring a small amount of water into a bucket. You should then add the powdered grout, using a stick to stir it. Continue to add the grout and keep stirring steadily until you achieve a consistency that resembles something like whipped cream.
Stage 2 - Applying the grout
Begin by applying a small amount of grout to the front surface of the tiles with a trowel, then spread it out with a grout spreader. The best method here is to use long strokes in an upwards and diagonal direction. You should also make sure it is spread properly into the space between of your tiles. You should try to grout all the tile joints as quickly as you are able to, as the grout will begin to harden on application. An important note here is that it is tempting to add water to help grout spread more easily but this should be avoided as it weakens the grout.
Stage 3 - Wipe over the tiles
As soon as you have finished grouting you should quickly wipe over the tiles with the damp sponge or cloth in order to remove excess grout. Care should be taken to avoid wiping over the grout the tile spaces. This stage should be done immediately after grouting as hardened grout will be much more difficult to remove.
Step 4 - Finish using a grout shaper
Once the excess grout has been wiped away you can improve the finished appearance further by using a grout shaper. The most effective way to use this tool is pulling the grout shaper over the joints in one long, even movement. If you see any small gaps in the grout appear the space between the tiles, just press in a small amount of extra grout in to the joint with the tip of your finger. Once done, excess grout should be wiped away with the damp sponge. To achieve a truly professional finish, you should use a soft, damp cloth to wipe off any remaining marks where excess grout has dried.