Grouting, an eye opening experience. Your tile looked good before (you can see our freshly tiled kitchen here) but once you grout it looks finished. It goes from “Hey I did a pretty good job” to jaw dropping.
Please excuse the quality of the photos. Going back though my photo albums, it looks like the only pictures I took were cell phone ones. Oops.
If you remember, my family helped me tile. There was much debate when I told them I had bought black grout. “No!” they said, “You have to use a nice crisp, clean white.”
Gah, all I could see was spaghetti sauce splattering and staining my grout if I used white. I wanted the black I knew it would tie in with the black appliances. I had the vision that they were lacking.
The grout ended up being a dark grey. After mixing the black grout, I realized the texture was wrong. It was way too thin. Of course I started this project after the hardware stores had closed so I had to improvise. I had an extra bag of white grout in the basement, so I added just enough to get my grout to a creamy peanut butter consistency.
Grouting is pretty simple. If you used glass tiles or have very small spaces in between your tiles (like our kitchen floors here) you want to make sure you use unsanded grout. For glass tiles, this will not scratch the surface, and for tightly spaced tiles, it will be easier to fill all the gaps. Then you use your float to press the grout into the tiles, going across the gaps in a 45 degree angle.
Once all the spaces are filled, you then want to go over the tiles with a damp sponge. You are trying to remove the haze, but you want to be careful to not remove the grout from the spaces. Don’t try to get it completely clean: you won’t at this stage. The next day you will have to come back and clean the rest of the haze off.
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