Some homeowners take on the task of grouting a bathroom shower because they are remodeling their bathroom while others notice that the grouting in the shower is old and needs to be replaced.
Regardless of the reason for grouting a bathroom shower, the process will be the same for the homeowner undertaking this task as a home improvement project. There are few things that you should know about grouting a bathroom shower before beginning the task, but by following a few simple tips, you can create a shower that you will be proud of.
Before You Begin
There are two different types of grout that can be used for grouting a bathroom shower. For tiles that require a thin grout line, a non-sanding type of grout is the best choice while a sanded grout is better for tiles that have wider joints because the sanded grout holds up better than the non-sanded grout and makes the tiles more secure.
In order to prevent the grout from drying out during the application process, any porous tiles should be washed before applying the grout as the porous nature of the tiles will absorb the moisture from the grout, causing it to weaken and be less effective.
The tools needed to apply the grout will differ from person to person depending on their personal preference and how large of an area requires grouting. Most individuals will be able to do the job adequately by using a rubber squeegee for covering larger areas properly and a sponge, cloth, and toothbrush to finish the job.
The tools used for grouting a bathroom shower should be the ones that you are most comfortable using and will allow you to do the job in a reasonable period of time.
Grouting The Bathroom Shower
The first step in grouting a bathroom shower is deciding in which area you will want to start. Grouting too large of an area at once will cause the grout to begin drying before you have had a chance to place it properly and could cause you to have to redo the job.
After the area size has been selected, the area should be covered with a layer of grout thick enough to be forced into the joints between the tiles and checked to ensure that there are no bubbles or gaps present in the grout.
Once the grout has been forced into the joints properly, the excess grout should be removed from the face of the tiles by scraping it off in a diagonal motion with the squeegee to ensure that the blade of the squeegee does not dig the grout out of the joints.
Next, the sponge should be dampened and used to wipe any remaining grout from the surface of the tiles. This should be done for each area as it is grouted, instead of waiting until the entire shower has been grouted because the grout will dry to the surface of the tiles making the grout harder to remove.
After the entire bathroom shower has been grouted, the grout should be allowed to dry for at least thirty minutes. In this time, a thin film will appear on the surface of the tiles as the grout residue dries and becomes cloudy. This film can be wiped away with a soft cloth and is the last step in grouting a bathroom shower.
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