An Introduction to the Grouting Mosaic Tiles
The grouting of mosaic tiles is a necessary step in the installation process. While it may seem like a simple task, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a smooth and professional finish. In this blog post, We'll go over the basics of grouting mosaic tiles so that you can get the job done right.
What is Grout?
Grout is a cement-based or epoxy-based material that is used to fill in the joints between tiles. Grout not only provides aesthetic appeal but also helps to protect the tiles from water damage, staining and mould growth.
Types of Grout
There are two main types of grout: cement-based and epoxy-based. Cement-based grouts are less expensive but require more maintenance, while epoxy-based grouts are more expensive but require less maintenance.
- Cement-based grouts are made of Portland cement, water, and sand. They come in either pre-mixed or powdered form. Pre-mixed grout is the easier option to use but it doesn't always come in the colour you want. Powdered grout requires you to mix it with water yourself, but it gives you more control over the colour.
- Epoxy-based grouts are made of epoxy resin and hardener. They come in either pre-mixed or two-part system form. Pre-mixed epoxy grout is harder to work with because it begins drying as soon as you open the container. Two-part system epoxy grouts give you more time to work with them before they begin drying, but they require you to mix the two parts together first.
How to Grout Mosaic Tiles
Now that we've gone over what grout is and the different types available, let's get into how to actually grout mosaic tiles. The following steps are how to grout mosaic tiles :
1) First, clean the joint areas between the tiles with a damp sponge or cloth. Remove any debris or residue so that the surface is clean and ready for grouting.
2) Next, apply the grout to the joints using a rubber float held at a 45-degree angle. Work the grout into the joints until they're completely filled. Make sure not to overfill the joints as this will make clean-up more difficult later on.
3) Once all of the joints are filled, use a damp sponge or cloth to remove any excess grout from the surface of the tiles. Wipe away any haze that might have formed as well.
4) Allow the grout to dry for at least 24 hours before sealing it with an impregnating sealer. This will help protect it from stains and water damage down the line.
By following these simple steps, you can successfully complete the task of grouting mosaic tiles. Be sure to read over all instructions carefully before getting started and reach out to a professional if needed along the way.