>> Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I've finished the grout now on the backsplash and it really makes a difference. Grouting is a really easy step. You can just follow the instructions that come with the grout but here are my tips:
- buy sanded grout for floors and unsanded for backsplashes - check that the container allows for your kind of tiles - ie. the first container we bought said "not for glass tile" and we had to go back to the store to change it. Another feature is "stain resistant" which seemed like a plus to me.
- pre-mixed grout (not powder) will save you the mixing step and you will be sure that the grout is the right consistency
- apply the grout with a grout tool, mine was a plastic square with a rubbery side to smooth on the grout without scratching the tile
- use a large sponge to clean up the excess grout, wring the sponge out well so that you don't put too much water on the area
- some grout will remain on the tile - a thin film - don't keep wiping or you will clean away too much of the grout
- after the grout has "set" you can wipe the film off the tiles and buff them up
- once the grout dries you could get a few little gaps that don't have enough grout. No need to panic, the grout should adhere to itself so you can just reapply some more grout.
- add caulking along the edges to protect the grouted tile area from moisture