how to grout your tile and stone
High labor costs, even for small jobs, drive people to shops to find tiles, materials, products and information. This is GREAT!
Why shouldn\'t homeowners learn tiles and grout?
I have seen many new homes that have done the tile work, and these houses have scared the hair behind my neck to stand up. . .
Especially for developers, the bottom line is the speed and the corners to be cut.
Therefore, the more we know about different industries and their applications and technologies, the more proud we can realize that a finished product with good performance is.
With this in mind, here are some grouting techniques that can be installed in your memory library to prepare you for the next tile or stone work around the house.
Whether you are laying new tiles or scraping the mud off the existing tile area, make sure you thoroughly clean the grouting joints, and fix the area you don\'t want to grout \"overflow\" with tape.
\"Wipe the mud on the sealed cabinets and semi-or smooth paint, if you use it carefully when wiping, it won\'t hurt the material, but, in the long run, sometimes putting a little bit of Labor into the recording neighborhood makes the job easier.
When the grouting seam is clean and ready for filling;
Mix powder grouting with clear water according to packing specifications.
The mud should be a block.
Free, consistency of not pouring out the barrel easily.
Use proper mud for your application. A non-
For grouting joints with a width of 1/8 \"and smaller, sand type grouting should be used, while sand type grouting should be used for larger joints.
Usually, you will find that
The bathroom and shower area are polished with sandpaper.
Use some latex gloves to protect your hands and at 30-
Angle of 45 degrees, the grouting is firmly dispersed into the grouting joint.
Don\'t worry about the mess on the tiles as this will be cleaned up with a sponge in due course.
There are places where it is difficult to float and you can push the grouting into the seam by hand.
When all joints are fully filled by holding the float at an angle of almost 90 degrees, pulling the seam diagonally and scraping off the excess grouting on the tile, this way you will not remove the grouting from the seam.
Put the rest of the mud back in the bucket.
Let the mud solidify for about 10 minutes, then gently wipe the tile with a bucket of clean water and mud sponge (
Not a sponge).
Always wipe with a clean side of the sponge, flip the sponge, wipe the other part, and rinse the sponge clean.
The initial sponge wipes most of the unwanted mud from the surface.
The second sponge makes the seam smooth and tidy, and the third sponge cleans up the smoke or residue on the tile.
Always allow a few minutes between the three sponge cycles as this will allow the grouting time to be set up correctly.
Remember, you don\'t want the water to change from a sponge to a puddle on the mud because it will weaken and destroy the consistency.
Finally, the last wipe will smooth any remaining high points in the grouting joint and clean the remaining haze tiles.
After the grout is dry, you can polish the tiles with a cheese cloth or a soft cotton cloth to remove any remaining residue. Nice Job!