Tile flooring installation can be a long and slightly tricky job, but it can really add some elegance to your room or kitchen. If you have the right tools and enough time, it is certainly something you can achieve and will help you save some money in the process.
This article will cover the finishing stage of applying grout to the tiles and the completion of the job. You'll only be ready for this part of the project after you've removed the old tile, laid the foundation, set your tiles in the appropriate place with spacers and made sure the surface is level.
Mixing the Grout
The mixing process is definitely an important one and it is essential that you get the right texture. The general rule of thumb with grout is to apply three parts grout to one part water, but you should always follow the instructions on your specific product. Start with the water and slowly add the grout to achieve a paste-like texture. If you find that it's looking too watery or too thick, simply add more grout or water to achieve the desired consistency.
Laying the Grout
Once your grout is mixed, you can apply it to the tiles using a grouting float. This is a flat-surfaced tool that will allow you to easily spread the grout in between the cracks of the tiles. Apply a large amount to the bottom of your grouting float and work in diagonal movements across the cracks. Try to remove as much excess grout as possible during this process, but don't worry if your tiles get a little messy; you can clean them later.
After you've worked the grout into all the cracks, you can use some clean water and a sponge to gently clean off any leftover remains. You can then rinse your sponge and use some grout haze remover to thoroughly clean the tiles to look polished.
Cure and Seal
After you've cleaned your tiles, the waiting game begins. Fully curing the grout will take around three weeks. During this time, it is important that you do not walk too much or set any heavy objects on the surface, as doing so could damage your work.
Once the grout is fully set, the last thing to do is apply some grout sealant. This will prevent any water and mildew from seeping into the grout, as well as protecting the surface from any possible stains. When the sealant is dry, your job is done! If you need help, consult a tile installation company like Costen Floors Inc.Share