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In this video, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows how to grout tile in a custom tiled shower.
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How to Grout Tile in a Custom Tiled Shower
Hi, I'm Mark Donovan from HomeAdditionPlus.com and today I'm going to show you how to grout tile in a shower. Alright so the first thing that I'm doing is take new look at the tile to make sure that there is no thin set mortar coming out along the seams of the tile. And if I do find any what I'm doing is to take a screwdriver and scrape them away any of the things that mortar in between the seams so that I can really reassure that my grout will fill in a nicely in the seams and joint areas.
What you need to grout tile is you're going to need bag or box of grout itself. I'm using a sanded grout next here. I'm also using a grout enhancer. This basically just one container is appropriate for one 25 pound bag of grout. In addition to the grout, you need a grout float for grouting and pushing in the grout into the seams and joints and then sponge to clean up and as well five gallon bucket to basically use as the rinse bucket.
Okay after checking the seams for any excess, thin set mortar I'm just taking a damp sponge in washing down the surface of the tile prior to actually installing the grout. One of the basically three pop and it does or excess thin set mortar then maybe line on top of the surface of the tiles. Alright so now I'm mixing about half of this 25 pound bag with half of those containers of grout enhancer. All I'm going to do enough that I can basically spread in about 30 minutes. I don't want to do the whole bag and then one that having grout and it’s actually set up on it a little bit too much. So we pour about half this bag into this container and about the half of the container of the enhancer.
Alright so I mixed up grout and let it set here for about five minutes and as you can see that’s a nice pasty consistency and now we’re going to begin to float it onto the tile. So now we’re actually applying the grout to the joints. You're going to 45 degree angle across the corner to get the grout into the seams and now based on this work away down this wall and then move to the next wall. And after about15 to 30 minutes now the setting here will wipe it down with damp wet sponge. Alright so now that we let the grout set up for about 15 minutes I'm just jolly going over it with my damp sponge and only getting swipes of it before after I have to rinse it again.
I'm going to wipe out all the walls like this and wait about another 15 minutes to 30 minutes and then repeat the process. After you wipe down the walls a couple times and you got most of the grout off you can use a little cheese cloth and basically buff the tiles to remove any residual grout that maybe beyond there into this we get the tile to shine a little bit. So now I'm applying the grout to the floor of the shower. I'm going to 45 degree angles across the corners of the tile and along the curve just filling it along all the joints and then we’ll come back and wash this off.
So after let the grout sit in the tile floor for about 15 minutes. I’ve gone back and I lightly went over with wet damp sponge and repeatedly rinse it after every two or three strokes to basically remove all the residual found. Again I'm going to repeat this process about every 30 minutes for probably two or three more times to really get the film off.
So now that we wipe down the walls a couple of times and the shower floor with clean water and using a sponge all you need to do is go back and put a grout sealer over these grout lines to complete the grouting of the shower. If you have other home improvement questions visit us at HomeAdditionPlus.com today.