Want to know the proper way to grout tiles? It's a reasonable question, especially given that grouting is a task that requires only one successful attempt. Once your tiles are set up in a neat grid or chevron pattern, it's time to apply the grout to complete the work. If the grout is beginning to appear a little grubby, you may also replace the old grout with a fresh batch. Grout plays a significant influence in the final appearance of any tile project, despite the fact that it's undoubtedly not the most opulent substance you'll employ in a renovation. Grout can be utilized to provide contrast or design a chic single-shade area because there are so many different colors to pick from. 

1. Select the grout

Cement-based (with or without latex), epoxy, and urethane grouts are the three basic varieties. All jobs have benefits and drawbacks, according to Dan. It's crucial to be aware of your alternatives whether you're working on installing floor tile, kitchen backsplash tile, wall tile, or any other type of tile project.

Grout Based on Cement

A grout made of cement is the type that is most frequently utilized in projects. These are also the simplest to use, according to Dan. Use unsanded grout for tile joints that are an eighth of an inch or smaller; sanded grout is required for joints that are larger than that.

epoxies grout

According to Dan, epoxy grouts are often two-part formulations containing solids and color additives. They are also pricey. They are mostly utilized for commercial projects, are significantly harder to install than grouts made of cement, and need more manpower as a result. He does not advise using this kind of grout for inexperienced grouters because it can also develop a difficult-to-remove haze. (He adds a warning that some persons may also have epoxies allergies.)

2. Collect your grouting equipment and materials.

Before starting to grout, you need to have this fundamental equipment available, according to Dan. Before you get too far into your DIY grouting project, make sure you have all the required materials ready.

  • 3 to 4 pails

  • Margin hammer

  • float for rubber grout

  • hammer and paddle (optional to mix)

  • sponges with closed cells

  • cheesecloth or clean cloths

  • sponge for grout

  • leather gloves

  • painter's tape in blue

Are you wondering why we don't suggest using a putty knife to apply your grout? Tarp or paper to mix grout on Even though this toolbox staple may seem like a good choice for your grout installation project, it's advisable to stick with a proper grout float because the metal blades can harm your tiles.

3. Combine the mortar

You shouldn't wing it when making your grout mixture. Dan advises reading and according to the manufacturer's instructions found on the bag or box. Do not add too much water, under any circumstances. The consistency and strength of the grout will be improved by using less water.

You want to combine as much as you can while also utilizing the least amount of water. A thorough mixing process will ensure that the grout's color is consistent from beginning to end.

4. Perform a trial run.

Practice grouting your tiles before you begin. He advises that you practice on a limited area first. "Creating a mock-up is always a smart move. Use a board that is approximately 18 by 18 inches with tile laid on it. Then, grout it to see how it will look. I would advise practicing your methods on that first.

5. Use little portions of grout to apply it.

Start by spreading a quart to a half gallon of grout mixture over your tiles. Work the grout into the joints at a 45-degree angle using a grout float. The angle at which you hold the float—a 45-degree angle—is highly significant. Work the grout well into all of the tile joints using broad arcs. Additionally, you can use your grout float to continuously remove extra grout. Instead of attempting to grout the entire tile wall or floor at once, work in parts.

6. Completely clean the tiles.

Use a grout sponge to clean the tile's surface after the grout has dried for a few minutes (see the container for the required time). Once the grout hardens, you'll need to clean again and wipe away any grout haze with a cloth, towel, or moist sponge. You want to use water sparingly in this stage as well. Make sure the grout has slightly dried up before you start cleaning it off the tile, advises Dan. "You have to be careful not to wash the grout joints out with too much water." And remember that dirty water won't clean anything, so wash your sponges and buckets of water frequently.