A remodel project in your home often includes new flooring. Homeowners remodeling their bathroom or their kitchen will want to install new tile for their floor. Our last post covered some of the benefits of tile floor.
The good news is that the installation of tile is much easier than carpet or hardwood floor. An amateur handyman can tile a floor over the course of a weekend.
You then need to grout the tile floor. This post from Home Care Services will explain how to grout a tile floor for the best results for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.
The last step to installing a tile floor in your home is to apply grout. This is one of the easier steps in the entire project but you do not want to rush it. Be precise and careful throughout the project for the best results.
The Tools You Need:
- Mortar paddle
- Grout sealer
- Rubber grout float
- Grout bag
- Sponge w/ Scrub Pad
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
- Knee pads
You need to decide what color of grout you want for the floor. You have two choices. You can either choose a contrasting color to help the color of the tiles really stand out on the floor or choose the same color or a similar color for a consistent appearance across the surface of the tile floor.
If the grout you purchase is not pre-mixed you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix the grout prior to applying it to the tile floor.
We recommend wearing knee pads throughout the project for comfort. You should also wear rubber gloves and safety goggles for protection over your eyes.
Now use the rubber grout float on a shallow angle to spread the grout along the surface of the tile. Do this in a diagonal pattern, pressing down as you sweep over the cracks between the tiles.
You can remove the excess with the grout float. Just sweep it across the excess grout in a 45-degree angle for the best results. Don’t let the excess grout dry or it will be much harder to remove.
After you grout the entire floor, wipe it down with a damp sponge to remove residue from the surface of the tile. You will need to use the scrub pad for more difficult residue. This process will need to be done a few times. After you scrub the floor, buff it with a dry cloth.
Now you need to damp cure the grout for three days. This is a simple process of lightly misting water over the grout one or two times each day.
Then after three days of damp curing the grout, it is time to apply a sealant over the grout in the gaps. The sealant will help to prevent dirt, bacteria and other contaminants from permeating the grout and tile.
This completes the project. You now should have a beautiful tile floor in your home including grout. You should mop and sweep the floor one time every week and schedule professional tile cleaning once each year to remove bacteria and germs that due build up in the grout. Learn more about the importance of professional tile and grout cleaning from Champion Chem-Dry.