How to Guide: Grouting

Grouting How To guideGrouting is a skill that is not just for those familiar with DIY. If you have a tiled shower you will probably need to redo the grouting at some point thanks to the damp.

Mould and mildew are more common in these areas of the house and if not successfully cleaned off regularly you can end up with permanent stains between your tiles or worse, water can start to seep through if the grout is so old that it has become loosened or cracked.

Grouting can seem like hard work if you are not fond of DIY but if you follow this simple how to guide it will be a breeze.

Materials & Tools You Will Need:

· Grout Float
· Sponge
· Soft cloths
· Small paintbrush
· Caulking gun
· Grout
· Sealer
· Caulk

First things first, before you get stuck in with the grouting, it is important to use the right grout. You need a high quality product to ensure a professional looking finish easily that will also last as long as possible meaning you have re grout less often. A grout job needs to look attractive but it is also important that it is robust and durable. Dunlop is a fantastic, reliable brand of tile adhesives and grouts. They have a great range of grout including wall grout, flexible wall grout, floor & wall grout, flexible floor & wall grout, anti-mould grout with microban and ready mixed grout with microban.

If you head to your local builder’s merchants in North Wales they should have an extensive stock of this fantastic grout. Be sure to ask which is the best grout for your job as the different varieties perform better in different environments.

Step 1: Mixing Grout – The first phase of a successful grouting job is mixing your grout until it has a nice even colour and consistency. Try not to get your grout too thick or thin in its consistency. If your grout mixture is very thin it may be unsuccessful at adhering the joints but if it is too thick you will find it very hard to spread.

Step 2: Spreading your Grout – This is where the use of your grout flat comes in. Simply hold the float at about a 45 degree angle then spread your grout across your tiles. Using a sweeping, arching motion will help spread it evenly. Be sure to press into all joints so they are adequately filled and pack the mixture in to avoid any gaps.

Step 3: Remove Excess Grout – To remove excess grout, just take your grout float again at a more sever angle, about 90 degrees and sweep across the area you have previously grouted. Removing excess ensures a neat and attractive finish. Your grout will soon start to harden.

Step 4: Cleaning – The first step in the cleaning process is to gently wipe your newly grouted tiles with a damp sponge without pulling out your grout work. If you notice a slight hazy quality to your freshly grouted tiles you should buff them quickly with a dry cloth to return their shine.
Every brand of grout is slightly different to be certain to read the instructions, particularly concerning the amount of time to leave your work to dry before you add a sealer.

Step 5: Sealing – Once your grout has properly dried you can use a paintbrush to apply sealer. Clear away any smeary marks before it dries. After you have completed the sealing process, leave your handiwork alone for at least 24 hours.

Step 6: Caulking – the process of caulking means to seal joints. Caulk can also be used as an expansion joint. This is useful because floor tiles particularly can change in different weather conditions. Caulk is particularly useful in wet grouting areas like the bathroom tiles.
If you follow these easy instructions, grouting will not seem like such an imposing chore but a quick and easy DIY job.

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