Grouting

Anti-Hazing for Grout

Hazing inevitably occurs on ceramic tile after grout has been applied and floated into the joints. Hazing is a noticeable dullness seen as soon as five or 10 minutes after applying grout and, if left to dry, can be a real chore to get off, sometimes defying even the most ardent methods.

Impossible to avoid because of the action of the floating tool used to smooth grout into the small channels between the tiles, hazing does not occur through some fault of the installer. Here are some helpful words of advice on anti-hazing methods for grout to help you enjoy that beautiful tile you've worked so hard to install.

Know Your Tile

Grouting the Space Between Tiles on Floors

After the painstaking job of cutting, fitting, and setting ceramic tile, all that's left is grouting the space between tiles on floors you've proudly installed yourself. Read on to find out all about this piece de resistance of the ceramic tile job and know your masterpiece is almost complete!

Shower Grout Repair

You'll know it's time for a little shower grout repair when you notice it chipping, cracking, coming out in chunks, or apparently disintegrating gradually all by itself.

Fixing cracked grout or a total grout replacement job can be a tedious, laborious experience, but one most homeowners just won't be able to get around, unless you're willing to pay a professional. Of course, there's that tradeoff: You can pay a pro and leave the headaches to him/her, or you can do it yourself, get the headaches yourself, and save a pile of money. And as we all know, unless they're related, a really good friend, or in love with you, most tile-repair people don't come cheap.

How to Use Silicone Sealer for Sealing Grout

Sealing grout serves two purposes: It helps prevent moisture from seeping through the joints of the tiles, and it also helps guard against tiles becoming stained and mildewed. It doesn't take rocket science to learn how to use silicone sealer for sealing grout and taking the time to do so can not only help your new tile floor look good longer, but can also save you from one heck of a job replacing floor substrate later on down the road.

How to Grout a Backsplash

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.