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Tips On tile Grouting.
For a neat tile work process the secret lies in grouting. To achieve perfect and durable eye-catching grout lines it is key to grasp a number of simple pro tips. Below are some guiding tips which can help you in achieving a perfect tile grout job.
First ensure you clean the space between the tiles freeing them of any solid particles. it is easier to work on a clean surface so it is advisable you clean it before starting on your grouting process. Air blowing or sweeping the surface and spaces between the tiles can be used to clean the surface before beginning the tile job. To have an easier time during clean up, you can cover the faces of the tile with paper or tape.
The second important you consider the grout color to use. You can choose a standard white colour or a lighter colour depending on the colour of the tiles. For a neat and well blended outcome don’t shy away from getting the opinion of a professional tile designer.
The third step is mixing your grout. You should ensure that you don’t mix the grout too wet. It is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions before the preparation of a mixture to ensure you have the correct grout weight, water mixture ratio. While mixing the grout water mixture it is possible to achieve a preferred grout color. It is possible to achieve the preferred colour by adding its water-based paint or powder stain.
Let your grout water mixture slake for about 10 minutes. This allows all the chemicals within the grout powder to mix with water. this process is key as skipping it leads to the formation of weak and crack prone grout joints which can easily be washed away during cleaning processes. It is also possible to buy ready mixed grout from the market.
So as not to leave any air spaces, ensure you apply the grout mixture at an angle so as to push the grout into the spaces between the tiles. To obtain a neat outcome ensure you apply the grout in a unidirectional pattern. Applying the paste grout mixture diagonally on the surface being worked on will push the grout into the spaces between the tiles being filled and preventing it from being scooped out by the edge of the sprout.
While cleaning the surface and freeing it from the excess grout, first scoop out excess grout from the surface using a float or scraper after which you can clean the remaining amount with a damp sponge or damp towel. Dump any water used for grout surface and equipment cleaning surfaces outside. If dumped into sinks, they may block out the draining pipes.
To conclude by following the above tips you will have a neat grout finished wall or floor.