Preventing Common Tile Grouting Problems Preventing Common Tile Grouting Problems
Tile grouting is one thing that causes a lot of people problems. The process of grouting is actually quite simple, but there are a lot of ways that you could make mistakes. If you are about to undertake a grouting project, here are a few things that you will need to keep in mind to avoid some common problems.
Avoid Peaks and Valleys
One of the most common problems that people run into when they grout tile is that they have "peaks and valleys" when they get done. This means that one spot in the grout is very high and other spots are very thin. If you let the grout dry like this, it can make the floor look very badly.
In order to avoid this problem, you need to remember two things. First, make sure that you get plenty of grout in the joints. Do not be afraid to pack it in there with your trowel. Many people worry that they have too much grout in the joint. However, at first, you should just make sure the grout joints are pretty full.
Secondly, you need to wipe the grout joints down with a wet sponge afterwards. Do this before the grout dries, directly after you have filled the joints. This process actually serves two purposes. First, it helps clean the excess grout off of the tiles. Secondly, it smooths out the grout joints and helps you to avoid those "peaks."
Mix the Grout Properly
Another very common grouting problem that people run into is not mixing the grout properly. You have to make sure that you mix the grout to the right consistency if you want the job to turn out right. Each brand of grout has their own set of instructions on the bag that will help you avoid this problem. Follow the directions on the side of the bag to the letter.
Many people do not follow the directions and end up putting too much water in the grout. This makes the grout runny and does not allow it to set up properly. Sometimes, they do not mix it up well enough and the color of the grout is not consistent throughout. This will make the grout look spotty once it is on the floor. It will make your job look like an amateur installed it. Just take a little extra time to make sure that you mix the grout properly before you install it.
Allow it to Dry
When you install grout, you need to make sure that you allow it ample time to dry before you let anyone walk on it. Many people will grout the floor and then immediately start moving furniture and appliances back onto it. While you are entitled to do this if you want, you will usually end up causing yourself more problems in the future. Stepping on the grout before it is dry will make the grout uneven and help remove the grout out of the joints. Let the grout dry at least overnight before you start walking on it.