Tile & Grout Cleaning and Sealing Cleaning Tile Page 3

Tile & Grout Cleaning and Sealing Cleaning Tile Page 3

How to Mix and Apply Sanded Grout

Sanded grout is a special type of grout that has small particles of silica sand in it to make it a lot stronger than regular grout. Grouting ceramic tiles may do well with regular grout, but there are some instances that require the use of stronger and more durable sanded grout. This type of grout is best to use in between tile slates, glass blocks, or any other material that has wider spaces in between. If regular grout were to be used in wide areas in need of grout, the grout will simply crack afterwards because of shrinkage. Therefore, it is important to use sanded grout in these instances. Below is a set of instructions on how to mix and apply sanded grout properly.

What Youll Need

Bucket

Sanded Grout

Rubber Float

Grouting Sponge

Grout Mixing Knife

Water

Step 1 – Mixing the Sanded Grout

The grout should match the color of the tile in order to create a good blend. For glass blocks, use white color. Open a bag of sanded grout and pour half of its contents into the bucket. The reason for not pouring all of the grout is to have ready supply of grout in case too much water is added into the mix. Put a small amount of water into the bucket sufficient enough to make a pasty mixture. To get the right grout consistency, follow the instructions carefully on the grout powder bag. Use a mixing knife to mix the water with the grout powder. Make sure that all the grout is made wet. Scrape the sides of the bucket to make sure. If the mix is too watery, add more grout until a consistent mixture is made.

Step 2 – Applying the Grout

Make sure that the tiles or blocks to be grouted are clean enough before applying the grout. Scoop a good amount of grout and spread it on the sides of the tiles or glass blocks. If the grout is of good consistency, it will not fall down easily when spread onto a wall. Do not put too much grout on the wall or the floor at once. Work on a portion of the floor or the wall one area at a time.

Wet the rubber float to make it easy to use. Wipe off the excess water. Use the float to go across the tiles or the blocks while pressing firmly. This motion will drive the excess grout into the large spaces in between the tiling materials.

Wet the sponge and squeeze off all the excess water. Use the sponge to go over the tiles or blocks as lightly as possible. This will remove the excess grout on the surface of the tiling materials. Rinse the sponge, squeeze off the water and go over the tiles or blocks all over again until most or all of the excess grout is removed from the surfaces. Continue in this manner until all spaces are grouted. Afterwards, allow the grout to cure.

What Would Cause the Grout Between Kitchen Floor Tiles to Loosen?

Grout between kitchen floor tiles can loosen for many reasons. The grout will crack, break up and eventually cause tiles to shift.

Faulty Sub Floor

If your sub floor, that is the wood the tile is laid on, is loose or gives, it can cause the grout to crack and also possibly the tiles to break up.

Most people dont realize that not all grout jobs will last for the life of the floor. Very often they have to be scraped up and replaced. Sealing the grout will help keep this job to a minimum.

Improperly Mixed Grout

Grout that was mixed with too much or too little water will tend to disintegrate and fall apart. It can actually turn to a sand-like material and be swept up when you clean the floor.

Cleaning Ceramic Mosaic Tiles Surrounding a Swimming Pool

As well as bathrooms and kitchens we also cover swimming pools which usually have a tiled pool surround and this was certainly the case with the photograph below which was taken at a property near the small market town of Sandy in Bedfordshire where the tile and grout around the pool had discoloured over time.

Cleaning Mosaic Pool Tiles

The pro-clean and scrubbing action loosened the dirt and we were then able to use a Rotovac machine to finish the floor off and get the results you see above. The Rotovac which is also known as a Spinner tool is a really useful piece of equipment for a Tile Cleaner as it directs a jet of high pressure hot water onto the tile whilst simultaneously removing the water through a separate suction feature. The tool needs a lot of power so it runs from a high-pressure cleaning and extractor unit fitted into our van which can delivery water pressure between 500 and 3000 PSI. Another feature of the tool is the side skirts around the spinner head which along with the high suction prevent water from being splashed around making it ideal for this job.

How to Repair a Hole in Ceramic Bathroom Tile

The ceramic bathroom tile is considered to be a durable and long lasting finishing material. Bathroom accessories and fixtures are usually drilled on previously untouched surfaces, therefore creating unsightly holes that ruin the overall look of the finish. It is easy to repair a hole in a ceramic bathroom tile and all you need are simple materials that can be purchased at any hardware store. Auto body repair filler is the preferred material of choice in covering holes in ceramic bathroom tiles. You can also use silicon caulk or pre mixed grout to cover the holes on ceramic tiles.

What Youll Need

    Auto body repair filler Silicone caulk and caulk gun Pre-mixed grout Putty knife Sandpaper Sponge

Step 1 – Preparation

Inspect the holes and remove any debris that may hinder the bond between the filler of choice and tiles. Use a vacuum cleaner or pressurized air to remove any dirt that may remain inside the holes.

Step 2 Apply the Filler of Choice

When deciding to use auto body repair filler, it would be best to follow the instructions stated on the packaging. Mix the resin with the hardener until achieving a smooth, even consistency and apply immediately using a putty knife. You may also use pre-mixed auto body repair filler to take off the guesswork in the mixing process. Fill the holes and press firmly with the putty knife to ensure the holes are completely filled. Let dry for a few minutes until a rubbery consistency is achieved. Scrape off excess material using a putty knife or razorblade. You may need to sand the area to achieve a smooth consistency.

When using silicone caulk, it would be best to use a caulk that is of the same color as the tile. Attach the cartridge to the caulk gun and press the trigger firmly to dispense the caulk and fill the holes on ceramic tiles. Press on the hole firmly with a putty knife and wipe off excess caulk using a wet sponge. Let dry.

The same procedure applies when using pre-mixed tile grout. Similar to silicone caulk, you can buy pre-mixed grout in the same color as that of the ceramic bathroom tile. Fill the hole with grout with a putty knife and wipe off any excess with a wet sponge.

Step 3 – Clean Up

Remember that auto body repair filler can prove extremely difficult to remove when completely dry. Sanding the surface is the only way to remove any excess filler.

Silicone caulk and pre-mixed grout should be immediately removed on unaffected surfaces. Wipe clean with a wet sponge before the mixture gets a chance to dry completely.

Bathroom fixtures and accessories that come with suction cups will help prevent the accumulation of holes in your ceramic bathroom tiles. Purchase bathroom accessories that negate the use of screws and drills during installation. There are a lot of available bathroom accessories that use suction-type devices to facilitate installation.

Regrouting Ceramic Bathroom Tile


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