Porcelain Tile Installation Grouting

Porcelain Tile Installation Grouting Process.

Once tile has been installed and has dried properly, the grouting process can begin.  But, allow tile to set firmly before grouting. Grouting tile too soon, before the setting material has set-up, can lead to problems. Uncured setting material may bleed through the joints and discolor the grout.  There is also the risk of destroying the bond by shifting tiles, so allow as much time between setting and grouting as feasible. A day is advisable, but as much as four days might add a level of assurance.

Prior to grouting, joints between tiles must be clean and free of excessive setting bed materials.

Bathroom Floor Tile Installation grouting process using tight set rectified tile with custom ceramic inlays
Rectified porcelain tile installation with multiple small custom inlays.

Once the grout has been applied, begin cleanup immediately by sprinkling dry grout over a workable area. Using terry-cloth rags and a circular motion, rub dry grout into the fresh joints. Rub until the joints are uniform and the tiles are clean. A second, very light sprinkling of grout over the same given area, polished in the same manner, will give a perfect joint. This method increases joint hardness, removes excess water, and fills the joints, making them flush with the surface of the tiles. Proceed to the next area and continue grouting in the same manner. If grout film appears, wipe with a lightly dampened sponge, rinsing and wringing it often. Polish floor with a terry-cloth rag.

Damp curing is always recommended to improve the strength of the grout. Cover the finished installation with non-staining Kraft paper for three days or wipe the joints with a damp sponge or mop daily, after the initial 24 hours, for a period of three days.

Tile grouting is the final step in the tile installation process. Beautiful, long-lasting colored grout installations are the result of preparation. Check out Boyer Tile on Facebook for some examples.

Tile Installation Grouting –  Floor Tile Installation.

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