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How to Grout and Seal Tiles

When you’ve finally fixed all your tiles to the wall, you should leave them for the adhesive to dry. How long this takes depends on the adhesive you use, so it’s best to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Then you can finish off all the joints with grout. To finish off your tiling, you might also need to add a waterproof seal along the bottom of a splash back, and possibly mount some fixtures too.

Here at Thompson and Parkes we have created a step by step guide to grout and seal your tiles.

Step 1

Press a small amount of grout onto the face of the tiles with a trowel. Then use a grout spreader to spread it. Make long, upward diagonal strokes and work it thoroughly into the joints between your tiles. Carry on until you’ve grouted all the joints – but try to do this as quickly as possible, as the grout will soon begin to harden.

Step 2

As soon as you finish putting the grout on, you’ll need to go over the tiles with a damp sponge to remove any excess. Remember, it’ll be very difficult to shift if it goes hard. Also take care not to drag any grout from the joints.

Step 3

After leaving the grout to harden slightly, use a grout shaper to finish off the joints in one continuous movement. If any gaps appear in the joints, press in some more grout with the tip of your finger. Sponge off any excess.

Step 4

As the grout dries, a powdery film will appear on the tiles. Simply polish this off with a soft, clean cloth to leave your tiles sparkling.

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