Grout is a kind of cement that sits between tiles to bridge the gaps. It's normally applied with a grout float (a rubber trowel), spread over the whole tile surface and then wiped down with a sponge so that only the grout in the spaces remains. If the tile face will be difficult to sponge off because it has a flat or matt finish or is textured, then another option is a grout bag. It looks like a pastry bag and delivers the grout cleanly to just the lines, without getting it all over the face of the tile.
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Things you need
- Wooden spoon
- Grout bag
- Short dowel rod slightly wider than the grout lines
Mix the grout in a bucket with water, adding the water and stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon until the grout reaches the consistency of thick mud. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Re-stir.
Scoop the grout out of the bucket with the spoon and fill the grout bag.
Set the tip of the grout bag into one of the grout lines, starting at one corner of the tiled area (at the top, if it's a wall). Squeeze the grout bag while pulling the tip backward along the line, putting in enough grout that it just mounds over the top a little. Follow the line all the way to the other end of the tiled area.
Repeat the process for each of the other lines, in both directions. Let the grout set for 10 to 15 minutes.
Drag the end of a dowel rod over each grout line to level the grout and get it consistent from line to line.
Wait 1/2 hour, then use a broom to sweep away the excess loose grout from the lines. After another 1/2 hour, wipe down the area with a damp sponge to pick up any remaining residue.
Tips and warnings
- Wear a dust mask when mixing the grout.
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