Learning how to apply grout is not hard at all. Anyone that can sweep a floor can apply grout efficiently with little waste. Just one person can grout your tiled floors easily as it requires no heavy lifting and is not strenuous.
The thing that you should be concerned about most are your knees. You will be on your knees as you apply the grout and this can become quite painful for some people. Get your rubber float ready and learn how to apply grout like the professionals do.
Before you begin the grout application, you should remove all spacers from between your tiles. You should never apply grout on top of the spacers as this could cause cracks in the grout as it dries. It’s important that you learn how to apply grout the proper way, and the first step is to always remove the spacers. You can remove the spacers using a small putty knife, or you can try sweeping them away with a broom.
A broom will sometimes work for most spacers, but the stubborn ones should be carefully removed with a putty knife taking care not to loosen the tiles. If a tile happens to become loose, simply pull it up, apply more mortar and reset the tile back into place. Be glad that the tile came loose before you grouted your flooring instead of after, because loose tiles are much harder to repair once the grout has been applied.
Applying The Grout
Mix your grout according to the instructions on the container, mixing only one bag at a time. Pour half of the grout onto the tiles and use your rubber float to spread it evenly into the joints. As you are spreading the grout, pack it tightly into the spaces between the tiles.
When learning how to apply grout you may find that the job is going slower than you thought it would, but do not let this worry you. Take your time making sure to pack each joint thoroughly with the grout. Once you have used up the grout you have poured, use a large damp sponge to push the grout down between the tiles evenly. Twist the sponge as you are pressing to press out any air bubbles that may have formed.
Using the same sponge, clean the tiles of excess grout once you are done packing the joints. The grout will be harder to remove once it has dried, so clean it from the tiles while it is still wet. Rinse the sponge often as you clean the tiles and replace your rinse water when it becomes so dirty as to leave a residue after rinsing the sponge.
Once you have finished cleaning the tiles that you have already grouted, you can begin to apply new grout around the rest of your tiles. Continue in this manner until all joints have been packed with grout. Now that you have learned how to apply grout, you should also know how to clean your tiles of all remaining residue.
Cleaning Your Tiles
You can now clean all remaining residue by lightly mopping the tiles with a damp sponge mop. Rinse your mop often and thoroughly to ensure a spotless finish.
Once your tiles are clean, you can now congratulate yourself for learning how to apply grout efficiently and affordably with little waste. You should allow the grout to cure for a minimum of two weeks before you allow a lot heavy traffic on the tiled area.
Photo of grout float by Vincent Ma