Grouting is one of those things that should be a key skill that we must all know how to do. Grouting is a tough task because it’s a job where you only have one chance to get it perfect. When tiles are installed, you’ve got to finish up the job by applying grout or replacing old grout with new grout if things are starting to look a bit unkempt. Grouting is something that can easily seem unimportant, but you’ve got to know how to grout tiles like a pro, but how?
Choose Your Grout Type
There are different types of grout available and choosing the right one is vital. The three main types are:
- Cement-based grout. These are the most commonly used in projects and are the easiest to use. You can find various mixtures of cement, such as the Cebex 100 that can be used for a variety of grouting applications.
- Epoxy grouts. These are usually two-part mixtures that have colour additives and solids which are used for commercial projects. Therefore, these are not recommended for beginner grouters.
- Urethane grout. This type of grout needs a number of days to cure before it’s exposed to water, which is worth bearing in mind if you are going to use it in your shower.
The Right Tools and Supplies
The basic tools are so important. You need the following:
- A trowel
- A rubber grout float
- Closed-cell sponges and clean cloths
- Grout sponge
- Rubber gloves
- Painter’s tape
- A tarp or paper to mix grout on
Many people recommend using a putty knife to apply it, but metal blades can scratch the tiles.
Mixing the Grout
When it comes to mixing up the grout, you’ve got to read the instructions on the box or the pack and follow them to the letter. Using grout means you are adding water to the mix. It’s important to not add too much. Similar to baking, you’ve got to get the quantities perfect. The less water you use, the better the consistency and the stronger it will be. It’s also vital to make sure that you are mixing the grout as much as possible because this will ensure the colour stays true throughout the grouting.
Practice it First!
When it comes to any DIY project like painting or grouting, you’ve always got to do a practice run. You need to find a small area to do it so you can see what it will look like. If it’s not turning out the way you want it, you’ve got the opportunity to go back to the drawing board and either add more or less water or revisit your grouting techniques. Because once you start to apply it to the entire surface, it is too late to go back.
Apply It in Small Sections
You’ve got to do little and often, because this means you can start wiping away any excess grout. Focus on sections instead of trying to work on the entire wall, and once you are done, you need to clean the tiles thoroughly.
Grouting is something that is so important, especially in bathrooms but it can easily be applied to other parts of the home. Whether you’re looking to get killed in renovating your home office or you want to be more skilled with your DIY, grouting is a solid foundation.