How to grout effectively

If you’re decorating your own house, chances are, grout is one of the things that you aren’t looking forward to. Despite what you might here about the difficulty of grouting, we’re here to tell you that it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Don’t waste money by hiring a professional to do it when you can do it yourself! Here’s our guide on how to grout effectively. In this guide, we used beautiful glitter grout.

Glitter grout

Before we begin the guide, if you have current grout then it would be simpler to re-grout if you removed the old grout first. This is easily done using a grout saw. Once you start removing old grout, do it everywhere, not just a little bit; it won’t be level if you only remove it in some places.

1 – Wait for the thinset to harden
You should make sure that you don’t start grouting until the mortar has set as this can cause issues. Usually, it takes at least a day to set but the packaging of the product that you used will have more details. If you’re just re-grouting and have removed the previous grout, skip this step as it is not relevant to already set tiles.

2 – Make sure that you don’t have too much grout prepared
When preparing grout, you must make sure that you don’t prepare too much for a short amount of time, especially if you’ll be mixing it yourself. Self-mixed grout will start going hard within an hour so if you get too much ready you risk wasting it if you cannot use it all in that time. Once it is mixed, you obviously cannot put it back into the packet so we would advise just getting a smaller amount that you think you will need at that start in case it does not require as much if you think. If more is needed when you have used all that you have prepared it is simple enough to prepare some more.

3 – Apply grout to tiles
The best way to apply the grout to the tiles is by pressing a small amount of grout to the surface of the tiles using a towel. After you’ve done this, use a grout spreader to spread it. Work the grout meticulously into the gaps between tiles. At this point, step back and check that the tiles match the grout you have chosen before putting grout in everywhere else. It would be much worse to grout the all the gaps and then find out that you have made a mistake with the grout as it will be extremely difficult to remove all the grout.

4 – Follow the process above until all the area you want to do is done
This step presumes that everything was fine with the colours on the last step. If so, you can follow the process that is described above until all the area you’re doing is grouted. Remember to do this quickly as the grout will become unmalleable as it hardens.

5 – Wipe over with damp sponge
When you have finished applying the grout, you’ll need to wipe over all your tiles with a damp sponge to remove any excess grout on the tiles other than where you want it to be between the tiles. It’s important that you do this straight after because if you leave the grout to dry, it will be difficult to remove, as previously mentioned.

6 – Remove powder film
If a powder film begins to appear as the grout dries, don’t worry – you haven’t done anything wrong. It is natural for this film to appear and is very easy to remove with something such as a soft cloth. After you’ve removed this film, your grouting will be complete!
We hope that you found our guide helpful, did it help you? Let us know.

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