Anyone can learn easy techniques for grouting tile floors. A do-it-yourself type of project such as this can be done without spending a ton of money. For people interested in finding out more about the proper application of grout to tile floors, the following information may be helpful. Simple tips like the ones supplied here may especially help the first-timer do a good job grouting tile floors.
One of the best tips that a homeowner wishing to apply grout to tile floors can get is to use rubber or plastic gloves while doing the job. Grout on skin can cause irritations that are very painful. (Always wear proper safety equipment when working with anything containing chemicals and follow product instructions.)
Other items that one should have on hand before starting a grouting task are a contaminant-free bucket, a tool such as a squeegee, and a flat trowel. Quick Tip: Using a sponge to clean up the extra grout from the tile is a great way to keep the area free of grout. However, be sure to wring out the sponge to remove excess water so it does not drip into the grout– this would just about ruin all your hard work!
When grouting tile floors one should always select the best grout product available. A good quality product will be smooth and without lumps, an indicator that the product may be inferior and have water in the mix making it impossible to use correctly. After the container is opened, if the grout appears lumpy, it should be returned to the store and another product purchased.
Knowing the proper amount of water to use in a grouting project is a vital skill that any new grouter will need to learn. The correct level of water will make the grout go on properly and look nice. If there is too much water the grout may crumble, too little water and the grout does not fill in the gaps right. Again, always read the instructions included with the product so the end results are optimal.
Once the grout is mixed to the right consistency the time comes to apply it to the tile on the floor. Using the squeegee tool, press the grout into the gaps in the tile. One should begin at the far end of the room and move outward. Read the grout instructions to be sure how long to wait before wiping off the tile. Wiping too soon can cause grout to come out of the joint or cause bubbles or holes wait too long and the clean up is terrible.
A final tip that helps make the job of grouting tile floors easier is to practice first before actually putting grout on the expensive tile. Smart do-it-yourself homeowners will start small and practice the procedure until they feel ready to tackle the actual grouting job.