Learning how to grout a backsplash for that kitchen tile project you do yourself can not only save you big bucks, it can be a great way to show off just how handy you’ve become!
Grouting starts after you’ve adhered all tiles to the backsplash with mortar and allowed it to thoroughly dry – usually overnight is adequate unless the weather is cool and rainy; then it may take up to two or three days. Just make sure the tile doesn’t move because you don’t want it to slip and slide around (or fall off the wall!) while you’re applying the grout.
Before you begin applying the grout, you need to consider causes of why some grouting projects fail. Why does grout crack? Not packing it into the joints sufficiently and too much water or polymer additive added to the grout mix make up the major reasons new grout fails. So make sure these things are taken into consideration before you apply even your first grout float of grout to the joints.
Smooth grout over tile with a rubber grout float held at an angle, working diagonally across the tile and forcing the grout into the joints. Don’t concern yourself about getting grout on the tiles themselves.
After you’ve completed a small area, say one-and-a-half to two-foot-square, go back over the tile with a clean, damp sponge and remove as much of the excess grout as possible. A thin layer of grout haze over tile will occur; simply clean it off with your sponge as you go, rinsing the sponge frequently.
After completing the grouting, go over the entire surface of the tile with a soft, dry cloth and buff away thoroughly any remaining grout haze over tile that you may have missed or that has appeared anew.
With these simple tips, tricks, and instructions, you should have a professional-looking grout job at a fraction of the cost of having it done by a pro. So step back and take a look at your great backsplash tile job – complete with expert grouting. Then pat yourself on the back. Congrats and enjoy!