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How to Grout Natural Stone Tile

by:Shihui     2019-12-21
Natural stone tiles such as granite, marble or slate are attractive options to consider when remodeling.When used for entrance passages, showers, or countertops, the natural beauty of the stone is highlighted.However, special care is needed for grouting natural stone.Some types of natural stone are easily scratched by mortar.Mud can also fill the void in the porous natural stone and destroy its appearance.Natural stone must be sealed first and then grouting is carried out using appropriate techniques and tools.Seal the entire surface of the tile with a natural stone seal and sponge.Follow the manufacturer\'s instructions on the application procedure and how long you have to wait to grout.Do not put the sealer into the grouting joint because it will prevent the grouting from sticking properly.According to the manufacturer\'s instructions, pour some mud mixture into the mixing bucket and add water.Manually mix the mud with a maxed edge spatula until it has a creamy consistency.Wait 10 minutes and then stir the mud again with your hands.Don\'t add any more water.Load the edge spatula with the grout and place the grout in the grouting seam between the tiles.Alternatively, load the grouting bag with the grouting material and squeeze the grouting material into the seam.This prevents the excess mud from being applied to the surface of the tile.Keep the grouting float at 45-Angle of degree, and cross the grouting line diagonally.This forces the grouting to enter the seam completely evenly.Use a mud float or edge spatula to erase excess mud from the surface of the tile.Wipe the surface of the tile with a damp sponge after 30 minutes to remove the remaining mud.Screw the sponge out and repeat it.Always wet the sponge with another bucket of clean water.Tool the grouting line by holding the sponge in hand and gently pressing the sponge with the index finger along the grouting line to push the sponge edge.The tool ensures that the grouting line is uniform in height and does not apply or bump.Wait for a few hours, then wipe the surface of the tile with a dry rag to remove the dry haze.After 24 hours, apply the mud sealant on the mud.
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