A Los Angeles handyman can help grout tile projects
When completing tiled projects such as walls, backsplashes and floors it is important to grout the joints between the tiles. This process will prevent the tiles from becoming unstable and moving from their intended position.
While some homeowners might think they are capable of doing it themselves, hiring a Los Angeles handyman will ensure the job is done right the first time. Angie’s List can help you find a qualified handyman in your area. Sign in for access to service provider ratings and reviews written by members about recent service experiences.
Grouting is a multi-step process that includes materials such as urethane, cement and epoxy. When the handyman – or the adventurous homeowner – gets started, the process will begin by:
1. Determining which type of grout is needed. If you have a joint that is less than 1/8 of an inch wide, you will need an unsanded grouting material. If the joint is wider than 1/8 of an inch, then you will want to use a sanded grouting material.
2. The next step is to mix the grouting material. For best results, you will want to start by adding the recommended amount of water in a pail or large non-reusable bowl. Add in the grouting powder and stir the mixture until it is the consistency of toothpaste. Let this mixture sit for approximately five minutes and then stir it again. This will prevent clumping from occurring.
3. Begin the grouting process by scooping a small amount of the grouting material onto a hand trowel. A good rule for ensuring that you have just enough grouting material on your trowel, you should limit it to 1/3 of the size of your trowel surface.
4. Starting in one corner of the tile project, smooth the grout over the joints in a diagonal pattern. Do not grout corners and edges of the tiled surface, as these areas will be filled in with silicone. Apply a small amount of pressure on the trowel as you drag it over the tiles. This will help to ensure that all joints are adequately filled in.
5. After completing small sections of your grouting, wipe the surface of the tiles with a clean, dry cloth. This prevents the grout from drying on the tiles and damaging them. Remove any grouting material that may get into the corners or along the perimeter of the tiled project.
6. Continue grouting the entire project in the same manner as above. If you are unable to complete the entire grouting process for the project in one day, make sure that you at least finish the section you are currently working on. This will prevent the chances of areas within the tiled project from being properly grouted when you are finished.
7. When you have completely finished the grouting process, wash down the surface of the tiled project. Make sure that when you are washing the excessive grout off of the tiles you do not wash away the grouting material in the joints also.
8. Using a damp sponge, wipe the entire surface of the tiled surface again. This removes any remaining grout that may have been missed.
9. Buff the tiles with a dry, clean cotton cloth. This will help to polish the tiles and give your tiled project a great look.