If you want to give your kitchen or bathroom a spring makeover on a budget, re-grouting can be a great place to start. Last week, we look at the different types of grout, and which grout is best for different uses. This week, it is time to get grouting! Here’s what you need to know.
You will need
- A bucket of water
- Grout (either powdered or made up)
- Grout spreader and shaper
- Clean cloth or sponge
If you are grouting new tiles ensure that the tile adhesive has dried fully before you start.
If you are re-grouting existing tiles, you will need to use a grout rake to remove the old grout before you get started. It’s a good idea to wear a mask and goggles and don’t forget your dust sheets; removing grout can be a messy job! Don’t be tempted to just grout over the old stuff; you will never get a good finish that way. Once the grout has been removed and remaining dust and debris wiped away using a clean cloth, you are ready to get grouting!
If you are using grout powder, mix your grout up according to the instructions on the packet.
The grout should hold its shape but be spreadable. Using the grout spreader, take a small amount of grout and smear it between the tiles in diagonal strokes. Work quickly, using a short, diagonal motion; it is important that you finish each tile before the grout sets, otherwise it will start to pull away.
Once you have finished grouting, use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to get rid of the excess grout; don’t be tempted to take a break now, this job is much easier to do before the grout sets on the tiles.
Once the grout has started to harden (about ten minutes), use the grout shaper to go over the joints. Practice makes perfect: Use a long, smooth motion to get sharp edges for a clean, professional result. Once you have worked the edges, give it a while to dry, then use your cloth (use a new, clean one if necessary) to clean the tiles.
Your new tiles might look irresistible but try to resist getting them wet for at least 24 hours to ensure that they are completely dry. This will help you to make sure that they stay looking great, for longer.
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