Applying bathroom tile grout is a vital part of the bathroom tiling process. The grout application process is simple and easy to complete. It is important to pay close attention to the tile details when you are applying the grout in order to produce the best results. You will need to choose the best grout for the situation, mix it properly, and apply it neatly.
Be careful when using a power drill. Be sure that the drill power switch is turned to the off position before you plug the tool into the electrical outlet. The drill should be stored in a safe place when you are finished using it.
Put on your protective eyewear before you begin to prevent any possible injury to your sight. Make sure that the bathroom is also well ventilated before you apply the sealant. The sealant can produce harmful fumes so make sure you put on your dust mask and open the windows to the room.
Step 1 - Mix the Grout
Visit your local hardware or home improvement store and speak with a professional about your plans to grout your bathroom tile. Discuss the tile you are using and the grout you will need that will work best in your situation.
Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the grout before you begin. Mix the grout with water using your drill and drill mixer according to the instructions. The grout should take on a peanut butter texture when it has been properly combined.
Step 2 - Apply the Grout
Use your trowel to load the grout float with the grout you have mixed together. Apply the grout over all of the tiles in upward motions. Be sure to work the grout into the grout lines between the tiles. Allow the grout about 20 minutes to set.
Step 3 - Remove the Residual Grout
Fill a bucket with warm water. Immerse your sponge into the warm water. Squeeze out the excess liquid. Use the sponge to wipe away the residue grout from the surface of the tiles. Be sure to form the grout lines neatly as you are working across the tiles.
Allow the grout that you have applied to cure for about 72 hours before you continue the grouting process.
Step 4 - Seal the Grout
Use a brush to apply a high-quality grout and tile sealant to the grout lines. Allow the sealant to dry completely. Apply two more coats of sealant, allowing them time to dry thoroughly between applications.
The sealant will keep any water from penetrating the grout and tiles and causing them to break loose. This preventative step will also prevent any mold or mildew from developing. This will prevent mold and mildew growth in showers and around floor tiles.