4 Amazing Tips To Help You Grout Tiles Like A Pro
Grouting can be difficult but also incredibly rewarding when you do it right. Here are some top tips to help you grout tiles like a pro and get the professional finish you deserve.
Grouting can be difficult, especially when you’re new to DIY. But it is generally considered to be one of the most rewarding parts of a tiling job as when you do it, you know you’re nearly finished. And the finished effect of a well-tiles wall or floor is one of the best home improvements you can make. Grout issues can be the grout going hard before you’ve been able to remove it from the tile, or simply finding the grout for some reason is not doing the job it should. It would be easier to get a professional in to complete the job, but there really is no need. Like all DIY jobs the way to get success is to do your research beforehand so you avoid common mistakes and use top tips to get a really professional finish.
To help you avoid these common issues, here are 4 amazing tips to help you grout tiles like a pro:
- Slaking Grout
Slaking is a way to enable water to soften the dry grout. You mix the grout, let it set for up to 20 minutes then add water to it. It may take a little adjusting, like adding a bit of dry then a bit of wet until you get the right consistency (like mayonnaise) but it will improve the amount of time you have to lay the grout and the ease of which you can apply it to your floor or wall tiles.
2. A Little At A Time
It is really important you work the grout in a little at a time. Apply the grout in upward strokes onto the tile, without paying too much attention to pushing it into the gaps at first. The environment you are working in will affect the speed at which your grout hardens – the point at which it hardens will make it difficult to work with and to clean it off the tiles. Avoid this problem by applying it little by little, working with a small area at a time. With each section you work with, grout properly, fill in the gaps and clean the wall or floor tiles before moving on to a new section.
3. Removing Grout
To remove excess grout, you’ll need to use the corner of a clean, damp, wrung out sponge. Your sponge must not be dripping, otherwise you will find you expose the wall tiles to water before they have even begun to start drying. Use a bucket of water and use a single edge of the sponge at a time until all have grout on them. Then drip, wring out the sponge and start again until the grout has been cleaned off. If you get a thin layer of grout appearing on the wall tiles, simply use a clean soft cloth to rub this off.
4. Sealing Tiles
If you have particularly porous floor tiles, seal them before grouting. Ensure the sealant is completely dry and any excess is removed before grouting. If you do not seal certain porous floor or wall tiles, the grout will stick to the tiles and will not be easily removed.