An Essential Skill for Professional Workmanship
Grouting tile in your bathroom is one of those home improvement tasks that we don’t do very often and is kind of time consuming, but it is an essential skill that needs to be learned in order to create professional looking bathing space when remodeling your home. Understanding and knowing the successful ways to mud joints is of utmost importance to avoid waste through repeated applications. Also, the proper application of grout to walls correspondingly ensures a watertight seal and extended dexterity of your bathroom environment.
Luckily, this is a DIY task that any homeowner can do to cut back on bathroom maintenance and installation costs when remodeling their bath. Consequentially, there are some first time remodelers that believe that grouting tile is just spreading plaster into joints and as a result end up doing this rather simple task incorrectly with lackluster results to say the least.
Creating A Lasting Finish
While plastering tile is in essence pouring a thin mortar bonding mixture between pieces of ceramic squares, there are certain factors that have to be respected in order to get the best results and a long lasting finish for your tiling project. When done properly, grouting your washroom will last for a long time depending on the finish and material that the grout is made of.
However, washroom walls usually need special attention when laying and grouting them. If you are new to home improvements, the following advice will give you valuable tips that should be taken into consideration if you are thinking of upgrading your bath but have no experience as a DIYer.
Squaring and Alignment
This is the first thing you will need to check before you finish wall s and floors. Your square slabs should be perfectly aligned, and the spacing between them should be consistent. You can use a wire of marker to check the time alignment and special care has to be taken for walls since they tend to slope due to gravity.
Once you start filling joints, then you should make frequent checks to ensure that the motor fills the space between ceramic pieces. You should also ensure that the tiles are on the same level that that none is higher than the others before applying a finishing coat.
Surface Preparation Dynamics
Grout is a thin mortar used to fill cracks and crevices in masonry and is generally applied over mortar once it is dry. However, to get the best results you will have to ensure that before you start grouting tile that the surface is adequately prepared by sanding away any irregularities and cleaning the surface and crevices where applicable. This will guarantee a clean finish professional finish when you apply the plaster and finish the floor.
Sanded Grout Versus Non-sanded
Most of the grouts that you find on the market are either sanded or non-sanded. The type that you will choose will depend on the spacing between your mosaics. Sanded grout is used for spacing that is larger than 1/8” while non-sanded is used for smaller spacing.
When mudding tile, you should aim to use those that are impervious since this will eliminate the needed to seal the tiles a second time. The type of tile you have will also influence the material you use. Ceramic tiles, porcelain, and stone are best with sanded grout since the extra sand adds additional resistance after mudding the room.
Filling joints can be quite messy, but this will depend on the type of mortar you use. Always try to use a thick mixture for wall tiles since the chances of it running on the wall and giving you extra cleaning duties is less likely. If you prefer to buy a pre-fabricated mixture then this is entirely up to you and your preference; however, there are materials on the market that allow you to make a thin mortar for filling joints and still get satisfactory results in the end.
Clean as You Go
When you are working, you should prepare a small area and then clean after applying the mud. This will prevent the mixture from getting hard and giving you more work. Some people prefer to fill the entire bathroom and then start cleaning grout when they are finished; however, this is not the advisable approach since the mixture has dried and is harder to remove.
When you work on a small area and then clean you will have the chance to see and fix any imperfections—this is not possible if you bind tiles with grout and then clean after the entire room is set.
If you are using a mortar that does not have a sealant, then you will need to apply one. This is done after grouting your tile to protect it from deterioration caused by dirt and other material build up and also from water penetration. The sealant you choose should be compatible with the type of grout and tile that you have.
As you can see with a little practice, anyone can redo their lavatory. So what are you waiting for let’s get down and dirty and do some mudslinging and make those walls look beautiful once again!