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How to Grout a Tile Inlay

Once the tile inlay is installed, it's time to grout it. The experts show the best way to grout the tile inlay.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Mix the Grout

Mix the grout in a small bucket. Add a little water and use a drill blending tool for easy mixing. Add a small amount of water or grout until the desired thickness is achieved. Allow the mixed grout to sit for about 10 minutes to reach the proper consistency.

mix grout in small bucket

Step 2: Apply the Grout

Use a soft rubber float to apply the grout to the joints. Pull the float across the joints diagonally to keep the grout in place.

apply grout to joints

Step 3: Remove the Excess Grout

Once the grout has set, use clean water and a sponge to begin removing excess grout. Pull the sponge across the tiles at an angle, taking care to rinse the sponge often. After the surface has dried to a light haze, wipe a second time using sponge and fresh water.

Tip: Use two buckets of fresh water, to prevent stopping for a water change.

remove excess grout

Step 4: Apply the Caulk

To seal around the border of a hardwood frame, apply caulk the same color as the grout. Fill in the seam, then wipe it smooth with a finger and damp rag.

seal around hardwood border with caulk

Step 5: Fill in the Nail Holes

Use wood putty to fill in nail holes on the hardwood floor surface and the the corners of the tile frame.