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Grouting Tile

Here's how to grout the tile in a bathroom in just one weekend.

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  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Mix the Grout

Mix the grout by pouring the water in first, and then add the powder, and stir with a margin trowel. Mix to a smooth (like toothpaste) consistency, let sit for five minutes, then mix again.

Note: The thickness of your joint will determine if you can use sanded or unsanded grout. If the joint is less than 1/8", use unsanded; wider than 1/8", use sanded.

Step 2: Apply the Grout

Put the grout in at a diagonal to the joints.

Tip: If you're not able to finish the entire job in one day, make sure to finish at least an entire wall.

apply grout diagonally to the joints

Step 3: Clean Grout Out of the Corners

Wash down the tiles after small areas so the grout and film don't dry on the tiles. Leave the corners and edges free of grout since silicone will go there. Clean the grout out of the corners of the walls. Continue grouting other sections.

Step 4: Wash the Surfaces

Wash the surface three times: First to remove the excess grout, second, wipe the surface with a wrung-out sponge dragging lightly, being sure to wring out the sponge after each drag, and third, buff with a dry cotton cloth to polish.

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