Learning how to grout bathroom tile can be an important step in your bathroom remodel. The typical bathroom tile project usually involves mixing sanded grout applied to a floor or wall, where the excess is wiped away and the residue buffed. Depending on your level of handiness, this is a task that presents an intermediate level of difficulty.
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Before attempting to grout bathroom tile, it is suggested to make a checklist of materials and tools that generally includes sponges, spacers, scrapers (and blades), tiles, tile adhesive, silicone, epoxy acrylic, grout, and a variety of tile cutters, trowels, and floats.
Different Types of Grout
When learning how to grout bathroom tile learning about the different grout types is important. When choosing grout for your bathroom project, you will encounter three main types on the market: epoxy, Portland cement-based, and furan resin.
Epoxy grout is durable and resistant to water and comes as a 100% epoxy resin and modified epoxy emulsion form. Usually, epoxy grout is more expensive than other selections.
Portland cement-based grout is available in sanded, unsanded, pre-mixed, and powdered options. Usually, this type of grout is used for creating mosaics and other craft projects.
Furan resin grout is found in sanded and unsanded selections, where instead of water – alcohol is a component. The furan resin variety is a typical choice amongst contractors and builders.
When applying grout to bathroom tile, the thickness of your joint will determine whether or not you can use sanded or unsanded grout for your project. If the joint is less than 1/8-inch, then choose unsanded, while joints wider than 1/8-inch require sanded grout.
An Example of Grouting Bathroom Tile
When looking for a step-by-step example on how to grout bathroom tile in the shower, read over the following directions:
1) Mix the grout by first adding the specified amount of water, followed by the powder. Next, stir with a margin trowel until the grout is the same consistency as toothpaste. Allow the mixture to sit for five minutes and then mix once again.
2) Lay the grout down at a diagonal to the joints of your shower wall.
3) Wash down small areas of the tile to prevent the grout and film from drying.
4) The corners and edges are left grout-free since this is where the silicone is applied.
5) Clean the grout from the corners of the walls.
6) Continue to grout additional sections – small areas at a time.
7) Lastly, the surface will then undergo three different sessions of washing. The first removes excess grout, while a second wipe (with a wrung-out sponge) involves a light swipe across the surface. The third pass is a buff using a dry cotton cloth to create a shine.
Now that you have an overview on how to grout bathroom tile you will have a better informed decision to decide if you want to tackle the job yourself or hire a professional to do it.
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