Preparing to Grout
Prior to carrying out any grouting, remove all spacers and brush or blow away any loose tile adhesive from the joints. We don’t recommend you grout over spacers as this can cause colour variation and will result in only a thin layer of grout being applied, undoing all the hard work you have already done fixing the tiles to the wall or floor.
Wipe down the tile edges to ensure a clean surface is available for the grout to bond to. Do not allow puddles of water to gather in the joints as this can have a significant impact on the performance of the grout.
Stage 1 – Mixing the Grout
There are a couple of really important things to remember when mixing your grout. Firstly, make sure you use cold, clean water with the correct ratio of powder – this can be found on the product’s packaging – and always use a clean bucket. When mixing:
Stage 2 – Applying the Grout
Before you start applying the grout, it’s worth taking a moment to remember the following points.
Make sure your tiles are fully secure and do not move under pressure (the drying time of the adhesive can change depending on the environment you are working in so it’s always worth checking they are fully secure rather than just relying on the packaging information).
If you’re satisfied your tiles aren’t going anywhere, start grouting in small areas ensuring the joint is filled completely. We also recommend the following:
Stage 3 – Cleaning and Finishing Off
This is the exciting bit! You can finally wash the excess grout off and see your hard work in all its glory. Before you start cleaning make sure the grout has dried fully and when ready, use a small amount of water for cleaning. Any excess water is at risk of absorbing into the grout which can potentially change the colour – no one wants patchy grout!
You may also find the below tips helpful:
We hope you found our tips useful. If you would like any more information on how to mix, apply and clean your grout, send us a tweet @UltraTileFix or call 01827 254402.