"squirting" grout

Old 09-25-02, 07:37 AM
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Question "squirting" grout

I have just successfully installed my first ceramic tile floor in my kitchen and foyer. Now I must begin to grout. I am wondering if there is any way, or tool to use that will "squirt" the grout into the spaces, rather than use the float (and cover the whole floor)? I'm just looking for the easiest/fastest way to grout while limiting clean up. Also, should use sanded or unsanded grout (my spaces are 1/4")?
Old 09-25-02, 09:17 AM
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Go to your tile distributor in your area, not the retailer that does product sales. You want the place installers go to get their supplies.

They have a "Pastry tube" that is especially made for this type of application, Usually used for Travertine, or any porous and checked tile surface, where you don't want to fill the checks buy conventional grouting methods.

You will also need to "point tuck" when using this method, to be sure your filling the entire grout gully, without any "windows" You still need to sponge off the grout lines after it has set up for about 20-30 minutes, but it isn't as intense and conventional spreading, cleanup, and grout line forming.

This method will take just as long if not longer to do. Because of all the steps needed to get it to be a lasting grout job.

With a spreader, you push the grout into the lines, which fill the gully completely. The "pastry" method, is relying on flow and point'tucking. Your thinking, I'll just make the grout more watery and it will flow better. WRONG!! grout must be mix exactly as the specifications say. Too much water, even during clean up, will cause the grout to powderized or just be weak depending on how much extra water has been introduced.

1/4" grout lines, require sanded grout.
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Or just get a grout float and do it the standard way..it's easy to learn, and is much faster than a grout bag.

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