Grouting & Finishing

Grouting & Finishing

Before grouting the floor, the author cleaned and prepped the tile. He used a utility knife to scrape out the excess dried thinset from the grout joints.

Grouting & Finishing

He used a vacuum to pull the loosened pieces out of the grout lines.

Grouting & Finishing

He then went over the whole floor with a wet sponge to loosen and remove any dried thinset stuck on the surface of the tile. A final wipe with the sponge ensured the floor was ready for grout.

Grouting & Finishing

The author applied the grout initially with a rubber-edge grout trowel in sweeping diagonal strokes.

Grouting & Finishing

After letting the grout set up for a half hour or so, he went over the surface with a sponge and clean water, rinsing the sponge frequently; this left a light haze on the surface.

Grouting & Finishing

When the haze dried, he went over the tile again with a clean, damp sponge, this time moving only in a direction parallel to the tile planks. He made only a single pass with each side of the sponge before rinsing it in clean water. Two days later, he returned and cleaned the floor with a stone and tile cleaner.

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