How exciting is grout! Okay, that’s not true. But, watching your new tiles fall off the wall because your grout isn’t holding them up any more is not thrilling either! As a person grouting for the first time, there are two main tips that you need to know to make sure that your grout is up to the task ahead.
Combining Grout With Water
When you purchase grout, it is in a powder form, and you add water to this to create the mixture that is added to the wall. There are a couple of pointers that you need to know about mixing these two items together:
- When mixing the grout powder and water, it is important that you get the perfect consistency by following the instructions provided. If the mixture is too thin because you have added too much water, the grout will crack as it dries. This is because as the grout dries the water evaporates away and that leaves tiny holes in the grout. If there is too much water, the holes are too big, and this causes the grout to crumble.
- Never add extra water to a grout mixture once it has started to set. This will only weaken the grout, and crumbling will be the result.
Once you have prepared the grout, you still need to be careful when you are applying it to the wall.
Applying The Grout
When you apply the grout, you will do so by applying a small amount at a time using an upward stroke when pushing it onto the wall. It is important that there are no air pockets left between the grout and the wall, or around the tile sides. Air pockets will weaken the grout and cause it to fall away.
Also keep an eye on the temperature of the area where you are working. This will affect how quickly the grout hardens, which is another reason why it is important to do a small area at a time.
If you find that your grout is failing, or you have purchased a home with damaged grout, then you need to call an expert to come in and repair the problem. Before the new grout can be applied the old grout needs to be removed. Since this needs to be done carefully to avoid tile damage, it is not wise to attempt this task yourself.
Fresh, new grout will give a whole new look to your tiles. Following these tips you’ll be a master grout applier in no time, and that is just a little bit exciting. For more information, contact a business such as Regrout Services.Read More