How to Properly Grout Your Floor: 3 DIY Tips for Grouting
Even though grouting is our specialty, we know that there are plenty of DIYers out there. When it comes to small projects or quick fixes around the house, we know that sometimes you want to opt for doing it yourself.
Here at Tough Grout, we want to make sure that your project is completed right the first time. (And should you need help, we’re here for that too.) Like any trade, there are somewhat differing opinions on how to properly grout your tile floor. Here are 3 DIY tips for grouting your floor.
1. Replacing grout vs. New grout
First things first, different considerations must be made for replacing existing grout versus installing new grout.
Of course, installing brand new grout is fairly straightforward: once your tile is installed, be sure to wait at least 24 hours for the thinset to cure. Then, scrape the grout lines of any protruding thinset, vacuum completely clean, and you are free to grout your flooring.
For replacement of existing grout, you’ll need to ensure the cracked or damaged grout you are replacing is completely removed before regrouting. We recommend using a grout saw or rotary tool to properly remove grout. Spend the time to remove, scrape, and vacuum the grout line for a clean finished product.
2. Choose the right grout.
Choosing the right grout comes with plenty of considerations. Here are the key areas to pay attention to:
- Size of grout line: While the size of the grout line will be decided upon tile installation, it’s important to consider for the installation of your grout as well. Larger grout lines will, of course, make the grout more prominent; and vice versa with smaller grout lines. In addition, the size of the line will affect whether you choose sanded or unsanded grout.
- Epoxy vs. cement: Epoxy and cement grout both offer different benefits. In general, epoxy tends to be slightly more expensive, but includes a built-in sealer which allows it to be resistant to stains and spills. Conversely, cement-based grout will need a sealer, but offers both sanded and unsanded options.
- Sanded vs. unsanded: As we mentioned, the size of your grout lines will inherently have an effect on which cement-based grout option you choose: sanded or unsanded. Generally, sanded grout will be more resistant to cracks and breaking, is more slip resistant, and is recommended for flooring that have grout lines larger than ⅛ inch. Unsanded grout is typically better suited for wall installations and/or grout lines less than ⅛ inch.
- Color: Last, but certainly not least, color is your last big consideration when choosing your flooring grout. For re-grouting projects, you’ll certainly want to match your existing grout color. However, new installations offer the opportunity to be creative: so choose the color that best matches your tile color and your overall style.
3. Call in the professionals.
When the job is just too big – or you simply would rather spend your time elsewhere – call in the professionals to get your grouting project completed right the first time.
There is nothing worse than taking on a project too large or too complicated, spending your own time, energy, and money, and inevitably having to call in the experts in the end. Always hire a professional if you’re not sure about a DIY grouting project.
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