You can easily mix grout by taking some standard precautions and by carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wear a pair of protective gloves and make sure that the material does not come in direct contact with your skin.
Obtaining the Right Consistency
The grout should have a workable consistency that allows it to be spread with a rubber float. It should neither be too wet nor too dry. The grout should be stiff enough to allow being made into a ball. Excess water dilutes the Portland cement present in the grout. This causes the grout to either crumble away or turn into powder within a short period of time.
How to Mix Grout
Take a small quantity of water in a clean plastic bucket and add some dry grout powder into it. Keep stirring while mixing without allowing any lumps to form and a creamy texture is obtained. Keep it aside for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir it once again and use it. The setting time of the grout changes according to the grout type and the manufacturer.
If the grout starts to harden before application, discard it, clean out the container and prepare a fresh batch. Always remember to clean out the container before the grout is cured after the completion of the work.