This will be a short blog, so if you have begun reading this, we assume you already know what grouting is, and are more interested in hearing about some handy tips and tricks about installing and grouting tile. So, let us skip the definitions, and cut straight to the chase.
Here are the top ten tips and tricks we would suggest for installing and grouting tile:
- People usually spend a lot of time on which tile or grout to buy, but as soon as they have bought their stuff, they are impatient to begin working. They forget the most important thing which is that the tiling area must be prepared. Clean away all dust and dirt before you begin, and check that the tiling area is even.
- Another common mistake from wannabe do-it-yourself enthusiasts is that they assume that grouting of tiles can be done with the regular basic tools available at most homes, which is wrong. You will need some tools like a margin trowel, tile grout sponge, grout float, microfiber towel, each of which has a specific function. So, invest some time understanding what you need, and then invest some money buying them from a reputable store.
- If you are doing your tiling yourself, we assume you have some other job or business, and so might not be an expert. To make your job easier, use the photosharing apps like Pinterest or Instagram before beginning your tiling work, to look at pictures of tile jobs well done. It will help you visualize your work better, and you might even get a couple of great ideas before you start.
- You must keep in mind that grouts can dry incredibly fast and also leave difficult stains. That is why you must cover the rest of your kitchen/bathroom in plastic or paper before you begin.
- Do keep this in mind that the floors and walls of your house might look fine from a distance but they might not always be perfectly horizontal or vertical. Even a 1° tilt could make your layout awry if you follow the gradient of the wall or floor. The best way is to mark a line in the middle of the floor and work your way outwards and upwards.
- Most people place their wet saw somewhere outside or on the terrace, and have to make several trips back and forth from the tile work area. Our suggestion is to reduce the distance, so you waste less time. Or you could go for a good quality portable and handy hole shot wet series diamond kit.
- To avoid ugly looking edges on your tiles and also to prevent wastage, you must use a set of wax crayons for marking your tiles before cutting, so that the wet saw doesn’t wash away the mark. Also, before using a wet saw, you might want to turn the tile over before beginning, and make a notch at the end of the cut.
- In case you are using white grout, it is always preferable that you use mastic as well. You can find a number of pre-mixed mastics in the market which are convenient to use. A white mastic paired with a white grout makes it easier to camouflage mastic stains.
- Experienced contractors or tile layers would tell you that simply pressing the tiles firmly are not enough to set the tiles. You would sometimes need to wiggle those tiles a bit to ensures it slots in exactly.
- When you use spacers, do ensure that you pull them out before everything becomes dry and stiff. Generally speaking, a day’s wait should be enough before you begin pulling out your spacers.