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Grouting Fundamentals

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When it comes to our kitchens and bathrooms, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as dirty, mouldy, old grout. Extremely resistant to cleaning and a serious drag on the carefully designed elegance of some of our most important spaces, tired old grout can bring anyone down.

 

At Trago Mills, we’ve sold enough kitchen and bathroom tiling supplies to know how important your tiles are to you, but we also know just how much of a headache re-grouting tiles can be.

 

Whilst grouting might be seen as something of a secondary job in tiling, it has a fundamental effect on the overall impact of your tiles, helping to bring your kitchen, bathroom or wet room to life with neat, colour-matched lines.

 

That’s why getting a professional-style finish is so vital, but panic not, because a quality finish is within reach of even the clumsiest DIY-er. Here are the grouting fundamentals:

 

Get rid of any old grout

 

Before you get started on anything, you need to get rid of any old grout still sticking to your tiles. You can do this in a number of ways, including:

  • With a power tool and a blade designed for removing grout. This is the fastest and easiest way to remove grout but be careful to move slowly and carefully so as not to damage your tiles.

  • With a hand tool like a screwdriver or scraper, ensuring that you try to get all the remaining grout.

  • With a dull bladed Stanley knife for finishing work.

Along the way, ensure that you vacuum away any grout dust and hunks so you can better see any leftover grout.

 

Learn to mix grout

 

Mixing grout isn’t hard per-say, but there is a knack to getting it right. Here’s how you do it, step-by-step:

 

  1. Pour some grout out into a mixing bucket and start adding water, a little at a time.

  2. Begin mixing the water and the grout mixture in a “cement mixer” style with a hand trowel.

  3. Keep adding the water until the mixture reaches a consistency not unlike that of smooth peanut butter (but don’t eat it!)

  4. If you add too much water, tip a little extra grout mixture in there to rebalance.

  5. Once at this consistency, stop mixing and take a ten-minute break. This will allow the chemicals in the mixture to kick in, ensuring a stiffer but much more effective mix.

 

Apply diagonally

 

When you’re loading your tiles with the new grout, don’t make the beginners mistake of applying in a vertical or horizontal direction – go diagonally instead. This will force the grout deep into the joints without it being sucked back out as your float drags along the surface.

 

Wipe clean

 

With the grout in place, take a couple of minutes and begin the clean-up operation, which starts with squeegeeing off the excess grout on the surface of your tiles.

 

Do this in a serpentine motion, making sure not to dig into any of your nice new grouting lines. 20-30 minutes later once the grout has hardened, you need to take a sponge to the tile surface for another round of cleaning, which will leave a thin haze you can remove later with a cloth once fully dried.

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