A 6-step Guide to Grouting and Re-sealing Tiles
Dealing with grout can be quite tedious, but you do need to pay attention to that matter so that your tiles don’t start to move under your feet. You need to take care of that issue for the safety of your home. Here are 6 steps to help you make sure that your tiles are in good condition.
- Ensure good space between tiles – Ideally you will want around a 5mm space between floor tiles to get the most out of the grouting. When applying the adhesive, you also need to be careful that it doesn’t go too far up into the gap which will further block the grouting. This will also make cleaning the grout easier.
- Find a quality grout – It’s usually better to mix your own grout than buy some that is premixed. This way you can get the optimum consistency for your setup. Use a quality grout powder from your local house renovation store and then mix it to achieve the desired consistency. Make sure you find something that doesn’t fall apart as soon as you apply a stronger cleaner.
- Mix the grout – For the mixing you will probably need to use two buckets. Place a small amount of water first in the bucket and then add the grout mix in with a ratio that is around 1 litre of water to 5kg of grout. Often your grout package will come with an ideal ratio of water to grout on the side if this value seems off. Tip the grout slowly into the bucket while stirring for optimum results.
- Apply the grout – Place a decent amount of grout around the edges of the tiles you will be sealing. Using a grout float from any home repairs or bathroom refurbishment store, work the grout into the edges making sure there is an even distribution and no gaps in the seal. Assistance from a handyman will cut out a lot of time of this step as tiling can be strenuous work.
- Clean the tiles from the excess – A damp sponge is optimal for cleaning the excess grout off the tiles. You will want a sponge that is hard enough to collect the grout, but also soft enough that it doesn’t remove any of the grout between the tiles. This is also an excellent opportunity to see what cleaners work with your type of grout and what would be the best way to treat it.
- Wait for it to dry – The drying process can vary in duration, but once it is complete you can remove the remainder of the dust and excess using a broom. This is the last stage of the grouting process so make sure you’ve covered all your bases and enjoy the finished result!
Now you could go finish a home cleaning job and don’t forget the grout! Use an old toothbrush and scrub away the tiles to see how durable your grout is and apply as much pressure as you like to keep it thoroughly cleansed. Keep the floors and home clean and your tiles safe to step on with these 6 steps.