09 Mar 2015

6 tips for Better Grouting

Grouting is usually the final major step in the tiling process. It serves a practical purpose in creating a smooth surface but also has a decorative function. The choice of grout colour can match your tiles or act as a striking contrast – it’s a matter of personal taste. See our selection of grout charts for available colours. Once you have chosen your colour it's time to gather your tools: a regular sponge, large sponge, grout float, dry cloth, some thin dowel, a clean bucket and a grout saw are recommended materials.

Chart of Grants Tile Grout Colours

Here are six tips to help you produce a superior result:

TIP #1 - Use an additive in the grout for wet areas. This is easily done before grouting begins and will increase the water resistance of the grout in areas like bathrooms and outdoor patios. Just buy the relevant additives at the same time you order your tiles.

TIP #2 - Don’t rush to start grouting. If you have just finished laying your tiles, make sure the tile adhesive is dry first. Wait the specified time, as detailed on the manufacturer’s instructions. Sweep your tiles to help ensure a quality result.

TIP #3 – Check the consistency. The grout’s consistency should be like toothpaste so that you can get it properly into the grout lines. Start by adding water first, then mix the powdered grout in your bucket by following the instructions on the packet. Don’t forget your additives.

TIP #4 - The right grout application technique is important. A common technique is to press the grout diagonally into the grout lines using your grout float. The benefit of working on a diagonal is that it prevents the edge of the float bumping up against the gap between the tiles, which can cause the grout to go unevenly between them. Do not apply your grout to the corners and edges where walls meet floors - silicone needs to be applied here.

TIP #5 - Don’t clean too soon. Allow the grout to dry before cleaning, thus avoiding the removal of grout from between your tiles. Use a clean, damp sponge and rinse your sponge regularly, remembering that it may take several passes to clean your new grout completely. When cleaning, sponge diagonally across the tiled surface.

TIP #6 – Consider re-grouting existing areas. If you are not tiling from scratch and you want to freshen up your room, re-grouting can produce a fantastic result. Grout can hold dirt, so once an area is re-grouted, it may look like new again. A grout saw or electric grout remover can be used. Scrape out the grout between the tiles, being careful not to chip or crack the tile surfaces. Once all the grout is removed, wash all the grit out, dry with a cloth and then grout your joints.

See our video on grouting for more.

Disclaimer: these posts contain general tiling information only. If you need advice, you should seek professional advice based on your particular circumstances.