Sanded or non-sanded grout?

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Old 09-05-11, 06:12 PM
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Sanded or non-sanded grout?

I'm installing a travertine tile backsplash in my kitchen and it's my first time doing this. I've read two pieces of advice on this, one saying to definitely use sanded grout and the other saying non-sanded as sanded could scratch the tiles. Which should I use?

Also, should a sealer be used on tiles and grout, and if so which one is best?

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Old 09-06-11, 07:04 AM
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Non sanded grout. As far as the sealer goes, read labels and determine the best one for travertine. Being it is a backsplash in a kitchen, yes, I would seal it somehow. You won't believe the amount of residual "stuff" that will settle on the tile. It won't wipe clean like ceramic, porcelain or glass, so be prepared.
 
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Old 09-06-11, 07:38 AM
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Yes, I had a glossy smooth ceramic tile backsplash previously and did think of the extra work of travertine, but it's so lovely I couldn't resist. The tiles themselves have so many speckles, spots and lines I'm hoping every little speck of dirt won't show.
Here is the sealer I was looking at and it's for tile and grout. Good choice?
TileLab | TileLab SurfaceGard Stone, Grout & Tile Sealer - Quart | Home Depot Canada

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I've never worked with tile, but I've heard the recommendation is to use sanded grout for wide joints and nonsanded for tight joints. I wouldn't know the effect of the sanded on the tile as far as scratching.
 
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The general rule of thumb is to use sanded grout in joints 1/8" and wider but I suspect that is to give the grout more strength to withstand floor traffic. A backsplash won't see the same sort of abuse as a floor.

Travertine is relatively soft when compared to other tile materials. I would use non sanded especially if the tile is polished.
 
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Old 09-06-11, 11:43 AM
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Ah, that makes sense, that unsanded grout would get into tight spaces more easily.

It's going well so far, but I'm sure I'll have more questions as I continue. I find the most important thing is to take your time, measure often and use the level. That way even complete novices like me can make this a DIY project.

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