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How to Grout Tile

November 7th, 2011 Tools

Tiles are an attractive, functional addition to any bathroom or kitchen. Once you've laid them out and attached them to the floor, it's time to apply grout to fill the spaces in between. It comes in a powder form that's available in assorted colors and should be mixed according to the manufacturer's directions. Make sure you use the least amount of water as possible and mix the grout thoroughly to prevent varied coloration. Once you're ready, use these tips from the Home Depot and AnchorBayTile.com.

1. Let the tile adhesive sit for 24 hours before you start grouting. Remove any spacers and clean the grout lines with a gristle brush before grouting to get rid of any extra adhesive.

2. Apply a generous amount of grout to the area you're working on. Use a rubber grout float and hold it at a 45 degree angle, using sweeping motions to press it into the joints between tiles.

3. Hold the grout float at a 90 degree angle and sweep it over the tiles diagonally to get rid of excess.

4. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then use a damp sponge in a circular motion to wipe the tiles. Once the grout has hardened, use a damp cloth to remove the thin layer on top of the tiles, then buff with a dry cloth.

5. Once the grout has dried for the amount of time recommended, paint sealer onto the joints with a small paintbrush and clean off any smears on the tiles. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

6. Use caulk to seal the expansion joints, which includes areas between the wall and the tile or areas around the bathtub or cabinets. Use a wet finger to smooth it out.