How to Grout

How to Grout

Step 1: Mixing the Grout
Read the instructions on the packet for exact instructions but in general mix the grout powder with water in a clean bucket. Add the grout a bit at a time and mix until you get a nice creamy consistency. Leave for 5 minutes before applying.

Step 2: Applying the Grout
Using your trowel, scoop some grout onto your squeegee. Apply this to the face of the tiles and work it into all of the joints (never use your fingers for this – use a grouting tool). Make sure you really push it into all of the joints so you don’t get any air pockets. Once you’ve covered an area, wipe off any excess. Continue until you’ve covered the whole wall. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 3: Cleaning Up
Take your damp sponge and wipe over the tiles to take off any grout residue. Keep your sponge flat against the tiles so you don’t dig any grout out of the joints. Wash the sponge out regularly. Cover the whole wall and leave for 5 minutes. Repeat this process and leave for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 4: Polishing Up
Take a dry, soft cloth and polish up the tiles to a clean shine.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm4AR6_tMnc

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Renovating Discoloured Grout in Bury

A client from Bury, north of Manchester, contacted us to have their Slate tiled floor stripped and sealed and have the grout replaced. They were finding it difficult to keep clean and were mainly concerned about the grout which they described as awful.

As per usual practice I went over to survey the floor and work out a price for doing the work. After running some tests, I realised that the tiles were actually Porcelain which are manufactured to imitate Slate and therefore far easier to maintain. I recommended a deep clean of the tile and grout followed by the application of a grout colourant to restore the appearance. I completed a test clean on part of the floor which they were very happy with and they agreed to my quote. We booked the work in to be completed later in the month.

Slate Look Porcelain Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Bury Slate Look Porcelain Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Bury

Cleaning/Repairing a Slate effect Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor

First, I prepared the area and taped up the plinths and skirting to protect them. I then cleaned the floor using Tile Doctor Remove and Go, which is sprayed onto the tile and grout and then scrubbed in with the aid of a rotary floor machine fitted with a scrub brush. The slurry was then extracted off the floor by rinsing with water and extracting with a wet vacuum.

The next step was to apply Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treater to the grout lines and scrub it in. This product is slightly acidic so as well as cleaning it also etches the grout to provide a better bond with the colourant. It was left to get to work on the grout for a few minutes and then was scrubbed in with a stiff narrow brush. I used a steamer and a wet vacuum to get the grout as clean as it could be and then left it to dry for a short time.

With the tile and grout as clean as it could be, I inspected the floor and could see areas where the grout was still stained and others where it was crumbling. Only the application of a grout colourant would give the consistent appearance desired by the customer. First though I needed to tackle the crumbling grout by scrapping out the old grout and replacing with new.

Sealing a Slate effect Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor

I needed the fresh grout to dry out, so I left the floor overnight and came back the next day to complete the grout colouring for which I used one bottle of Tile Doctor Grout Colourant in Limestone wiping off any excess as I went. As the floor tiles were in fact Porcelain there was no need to apply a sealer so once the colourant had dried the job was complete.

Slate Look Porcelain Tile and Grout During Grout Colouring Bury

Once finished the floor looked great, it was now clear that it has been the grout that had brought down the overall appearance of the floor.

My customer was very happy with their new floor and even left me a bottle of wine! I left then with some Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner, used regularly it will ensure the appearance of the floor is maintained and the grout is protected.

Slate Look Porcelain Tile and Grout After Renovation Bury

 

Source: Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning and Renovation Service in Bury

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