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Learn how to apply grout when installing tile floors in your home with this step-by-step home improvement tutorial presented ...
by expert contractor Mark Le Mon.
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If you’re learning how to tile, I’m Mark Le Mon, Project Manager
Hi! So today we’re going to be grouting using the new epoxy-based grout which doesn’t take any water. It’s kind of an A-B mixture and you mix that with your colorant and your colorant will go on and we’ll clean that up with a little bit of vinegar water solution which I’ll tell you later.
We’re going to be cutting up the grout. You want to start off with part A, clear your mixture, time to squeeze it out like a toothpaste too if you can. You want to get every bit of this mixture. It’s very important to the composition of the epoxy. We’ve got our part B mixture; let me pull out straight into there. Alright, it’s good to use an electric mixer to mix these two ingredients together, prior to adding your colorant. You want them to be very well mixed.
And to that, we’re going to add our colorant while slowly mixing. If you see epoxy grout, it’s a little bit different, you’re going to be doing a lot of cleanup but you want to make sure that you have your vinegar water mixture on hand because about 20 minutes after setting this, you’re going to be doing the clean up and this is a very important stage. And I’ll rub it into the joints making sure you really get a good push. It’s almost like cleaning the walls over and over again, make sure every little hole is filled up.
We’re going to set up for approximately 30 minutes and I’m now taking off all the excess with the mixture of vinegar water. It’s approximately a half cup of vinegar for every two gallons of water. I’m using any scrubbing fashion which will also remove any extra thin set that might have been dried up on top of the tiles.
We’ve removed all the excess and then I give it a tile dry with clean terrycloth to remove any excess adhesive that might be on the surface of the tile which cause any discolorations.
Now that you’ve learned how to use a sandy grout, I’m going to show you how to use a non-sandy grout on the floor. First you mix your grout. In this case, I’m using a black grout and black granite. If you apply the grout, I use the hand method for starters. You place it inside of every one of the grooves. You don’t have to go over the entire tile, rub it across your grooves just like this pressing in deeply. Then you’re going to take your rubber float, this is a grout float and you’re going to use a squeegee method in cleaning off any excess grout that you have over your joints.
Once you get that off, you’re going to take your wet, damp sponge. Give a light right over the area that you just grouted. Flip your sponge, let it dry for just a few, then you’re going to come over with your clean towel and you’re going to wipe dry all the excess grout that is on your tiles. And there you have your finish.