How Do You Grout Tile?


Quick Answer

To apply grout, pour the grout on a small section of tile, and spread it with a float. Remove the excess material from the tile with the float, and then clean the flooring before applying a sealant. Most rooms can be grouted in a day.

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  1. Pour premixed grout on the tile

    Pour a quart of premixed grout on a 3- by 3-foot section of tile. Hold the grout float at a 45-degree angle, and spread the grout over the tile in a sweeping motion. Press the grout into the joints as needed. To remove excess grout, hold the float perpendicular to the floor, and work diagonally across the tiles.

  2. Clean the tiles

    Allow the grout to harden for several minutes. Remove the remaining grout by cleaning the tile with a damp cloth or sponge. Do not clean the area between the tiles.

  3. Buff the floor

    After allowing the grout to harden completely, use a damp sponge to remove the hazy film left after applying grout. Dry the tile with a soft cloth until the tile becomes shiny in appearance.

  4. Apply sealant

    Apply grout sealant with a small brush. Use a damp cloth to remove any sealant that is brushed onto the surface of the tiles.

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