Some might say there’s a fine art to getting grouting right first time off the bat, something we happen to agree with whole-heartedly.
The trouble with most DIY tiling efforts is the way in which it’s so very tempting to just dive hell for leather into things and attempt to get the job done as fast as possible. Sure, you don’t want things to drag on for any longer than necessary, but the last thing in the world you want is to finish the job and be unhappy with the result.
It might seem like an upheaval, but grouting at home is actually pretty easy. It’s all about bearing a few expert tips and tricks in mind, while at the same time acknowledging the fact that rushing things is a very bad idea.
So, with this in mind, here’s a quick look at the most important trade secrets of all for getting a grip on grouting the right way:
1 – Proper Preparation.
Before going anywhere near the grout itself, make sure to spend as much time as necessary properly and thoroughly cleaning and tidying up the areas to which you’ll be applying it. From dust to grit to grease to anything else of the sort, anything that shouldn’t be there is guaranteed to affect the integrity and quality of the result, so get rid of it!
2 – Tape it Off.
Always use quality tape to mask off the areas that you don’t want the grout to make its way onto – so much easier than trying to scrape and chip it off afterwards. And just for the record, it’s crucial to use a quality tape as those to the contrary can actually make the job even harder than it needs to be.
3 – Use Quality Grout.
On the subject of quality, there’s a very good reason why some grout products on the market are almost free and others cost a hell of a lot more – all are most certainly not of the same quality and standard. The finished result of your tiling masterpiece will be 100% dependent on the grout you choose to use, so if you’re bothered at all about the final effect, you owe it to yourself to buy quality products and supplies.
4 – Correct Consistency.
We’re often asked about the ideal consistency to mix grout to if you’re planning to mix it yourself. Everyone has their own take on this, but if you ask us there’s really no better frame of reference than peanut butter – this is how thick your grout should be. And that’s the smooth type we’re talking about of course, there’s no room for lumps in your grout.
5 – The Clean-up.
Last but not least, once the grout has been applied and the tiles put in place, give it about 20 to 30 minutes before you get busy with the sponge to remove the excess. Any less than this and you risk the tiles moving, any more and the clean-up job becomes more taxing by the minute.