How to grout wall tiles

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How to grout wall tiles

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Project Overview

Putting grout between your wall tiles fills in any gaps, helps keep them clean and gives you a smooth professional look. With a little know how, you can do it yourself. In just a few steps, we’ll show you how to mix the grout, apply it to the tiles and clean up after. Grout comes in a wide-range of colours, so choose one that best suits your décor.

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Lay Wall Tiles

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mix the grout
2 Lay down some drops sheets
3 Apply the grout onto the tiles
4 Wipe off the excess grout
  • Step 1. Mix the grout

    Put on your gloves and safety gear. Pour a small amount of water into the clean bucket and add some grout powder. Mix until it has an even consistency, about the same as toothpaste. If it is too runny, add more grout powder, if it’s too thick add a little more water.  To find out more watch our How to mix grout video.

  • Step 2. Lay down some drops sheets

    Protect your floor from splatters by laying drop sheets on them and use masking tape to keep them secure. Then remove any spacers between the tiles before you start.

  • Step 3. Apply the grout onto the tiles

    Dip your grout float into the mixture and spread a generous amount onto the tiles. Use the float to make sure that every joint is full of grout. Always try to grout diagonally across the tiles, so the mixture goes into the gaps. Run the flat edge of the float across the tiles to remove the excess grout. Keep applying the grout until the mixture in the joint starts to set.

  • Step 4. Wipe off the excess grout

    Wet your sponge and wring out all of the excess water. Wipe diagonally across the tiles, until you have a nice clean joint that is full of grout. Repeat the grout and wiping off excess grout processes until all the tiles have grout between them. Once the grout is completely dry, put on your safety gear and buff the tiles and grout with a soft cloth.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • A cloth
  • Bucket of water
  • Clean bucket
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Mixing paddle
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Drop sheets
  • Grout float
  • Grout powder
  • Masking tape
  • Mix grout
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