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How to grout ceramic tiles

Grouting tiles

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Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 14:18

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Learn about the different types of grout used for ceramic tiles, Learn how to grout your own tiles quickly and easily.

How to Grout Ceramic tiles

Grout is joint filler between the tiles that have been laid. It helps keep the tiles from excessive movement and stops water from getting behind the tiles. Most grout is cement based and can come in a large range of colours. Grout is either sanded or without sand. Sanded grout is used for floor as it is more suited to high foot traffic. Smooth grout (grout without sand) is used for walls and low foot traffic floors.

Bathrooms and kitchen Splash backs

Both of these are suited to smooth grout as it comes in a large range of colour and is sanitized against mould thus being suited to wet areas.

Floor Tiles

General floor tiles have grout joints from 3mm to 12mm but will look better using 3-5mm spacers.

Step One: Mix and Apply

Mix your grout with water to a consistency of toothpaste and spread the grout diagonally with a foam rubber grout trowel, forcing the grout into the joints. Completely fill the tile joints with grout and try not to have too much excess grout left on the tile as this will make clean up easier.

Step two: Clean off

Use a wet grout sponge to clean the excess grout off the tiles. Most of the grout will be cleaned off the tiles but not all of it. When the water from the sponge dries a haze will be left on the tiles.


Step three: Buff up

Buff the dried tiles with a dry cloth to remove the haze from the tiles and the job is complete.

Tips for a better job

  • Using your grout trowel diagonally helps fill the joints and will not wipe the grout of the joint.
  • Make sure the sponge is not too wet as this will wash away your grout.
  • Only grout what you can clean up before it sets. Check your grouts directions for working time.