Tips On tile Grouting.
For a neat tile work process the secret lies in grouting. For durable and eye-catching grout lines it is advisable to master a number of professional tips. To achieve a perfect finish for your tile job, follow the following grouting tips.
First ensure you clean the space between the tiles freeing them of any solid particles. it is easier to work on a clean surface so it is advisable you clean it before starting on your grouting process. This can be achieved by sweeping or air blowing the spaces between the tiles. To have an easier time during clean up, you can cover the faces of the tile with paper or tape.
The second consideration you need to put in mind is the grout color choice. It is advisable to either choose a standard white colour or a shade related to the color of the already fixed tiles. You can consult a professional tile designer on this for a well-blended neat outcome.
Mixing your grout is the third step. Ensure that you dont mix your grout too wet. It is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions before the preparation of a mixture to ensure you have the correct grout weight, water mixture ratio. The mixing process is also the best point of obtaining the preferred grout color. By adding a preferred stain or water-based paint can help you achieve this.
Let your grout water mixture slake for about 10 minutes. By slaking all the chemical constituents within the grout powder to mix with water. Don’t skip this step to avoid the formation of weak crack forming grout joints which may be washed away after frequent washing of the floor. Depending on your preference you can also buy ready-made grout from the market.
So as not to leave any air spaces, ensure you apply the grout mixture at an angle so as to push the grout into the spaces between the tiles. For a neat outcome apply the grout mixture in s unidirectional pattern. The best way is to do it in a diagonal direction across the surface being worked on as this forces it deep into the spaces between the tiles and also prevents it from being sucked out onto the applying float as you slide it.
Using a float or scrapper, scoop the large amounts of excess grout from the surface being worked on and wipe it clean using a damp towel or sponge. Dump any water used for grout surface and equipment cleaning surfaces outside. If dumped into sinks, they may block out the draining pipes.