First, cut open the grout packet with your scissors and measure it out. Pour the grout into your empty bucket. Pour in the water and stir it into the grout. Make sure you stir right around the bucket and add more grout or water if necessary. Keep stirring until the mixture has a ‘smooth toothpaste' consistency without any lumps.
Once you have the grout consistency you want, leave the mixture to stand and thicken up. After about five minutes, give the mixture another stir. To test if it is thick and firm enough, hold up your stirrer. If the grout mixture just hangs and doesn't drip, it's ready to use.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.