How Applying the Grout to a Tile Floor?

Scoop some grout onto the tile floor with a trowel. Begin in the corner farthest from the doorway and work backwards. Spread the grout over a small joint. Hold a grout float at a 45-degree angle to the floor to press the grout into the joint. Move the grout float at a diagonal angle to the grout lines for a smooth finish. If you wipe parallel to the lines, the edge of the grout float can end up gouging out the grout.

Remove excess grout. Your floor is full of muddy grout, which isn’t a lovely sight. After applying, wait about 15 to 30 minutes for the grout in the joints to set. Then start cleaning: Fill two buckets with the water.

Dip a large grout sponge with rounded corners into the first water bucket and wring it out. Wipe in a circular motion or at a diagonal to the grout lines to remove excess grout from the surface of the bathroom tiles. Rinse the sponge in the second bucket and repeat until all grout is removed from the surface of the wood tile. Wait three hours before repeating the process again. However, don’t wait too long or you have a harder time buffing out the grout haze. Make a final pass along the grout lines with the damp sponge to make sure the grout lines are smooth.

Verify the grout color is what you want. Use a hairdryer to quickly dry this small area of grout, so you see how the color looks against the installed ceramic tile. Now is the time to make a last-minute change, as grout is nearly impossible to remove once it’s dried. Continue with grouting if you are satisfied with the color. Keep working in small areas at a time, so you can remove the excess grout before it has a chance to dry. If you have a helper, one can grout and the other can remove the excess.

Clean up the grout haze once everything is dry. No matter how effectively you cleaned the excess grout from the casstle tiles, you’re likely to have a “grout haze” covering your tiles design after your job is done. To clean up the grout haze: Use a sponge and a bucket of clean water. Rinse the sponge often. Take a dry towel or used rag and wipe at the haze until it begins to cake off. An old sock will work well: you can wear the sock on your hand while you scrub. Brush up the residue with a broom.

Wait for the grout to cure before sealing it. Read the manufacturer’s directions to determine how many days to wait. To seal grout: Crack the windows to get good ventilation in your room. Pour a small amount of sealant on the grout and work it in with a sponge, using small, circular motions. Wipe the sealant off after about 5 to 10 minutes, although the time may vary. Check the sealant label to be sure. Re-seal the grout every six months to a year if possible.

How to Lay a Porcelain Tile Exterior Patio?

When thinking about using porcelain tiles design outdoors there are a number of important considerations to take into account. Firstly, and very importantly, porcelain tiles have different grades and you will need to check that your chosen tiles are Grade 5 i.e. suitable for outdoor use. Check with the supplier or manufacturer if you are unsure and double check that they are suitable for extremes of weather if that is relevant to where you live.

Use a bonded cement/sand screed to level the concrete substrate if necessary. To avoid problems with the screed shrinking (and causing the spots tiles to crack), allow it to dry out for 1 to 2 weeks. For minor surface irregularities simply use a levelling compound.


Ensure the surface that you are laying the porcelain tiles on is as level as possible, clean and dry, and remove any loose particles. Select a “thin bed” adhesive for very flat surfaces with level differences of no more than 6mm. Otherwise select a “thick bed” adhesive. Always press the porcelain tiles firmly in place to avoid any air pockets forming underneath.

Remove any excess adhesive from the wall tiles design surface immediately as it is difficult to clean off once dry. Allow the adhesive to dry for at least a day (longer in very cold weather) and protect from rain during the drying period if necessary.

Once the adhesive is dry you can then apply the grout between the wood tiles; the type you choose is important because some grouts are only suitable for narrow joints but others for wide joints up to 20mm. Press the grouting well down into the joints so that no air pockets are created and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Again, leave to dry for at least a day, covering if it starts to rain.

The Important Things of Reglaze Tile?

If you are working with kitchen tiles, use a degreaser cleaner or rubbing alcohol to remove any oily residue. Wipe them down with sandpaper. Go over each tile with 400/600 grit sandpaper. Choose the wet/dry type of paper, so that you can move on to sanding directly after cleaning. Move your hand in small circles or back and forth motions and try to cover all rustic tiles evenly. Rinse off the wood tiles with water when you are finished.

Remember that your goal is to remove any surface bumps and imperfections, not to sand it down to its base. Porcelain tiles need to be prepared with an etching liquid or a pumice block so the glaze will adhere to it. Sanding increases the lifespan of your refinishing job by allowing the epoxy paint to more fully adhered to the surface of your cement tiles.

Don’t get too discouraged if you can’t see clear results from your sanding. Just keep going and rub your hands over the tile’s surface to feel the change in texture. Let the casstle tiles dry. Wait at least a day or two for the grout and Slate tiles to fully dry before moving forward. If you apply a refinishing paint to a wet surface, it will not stick as well and may even leave air bubbles behind.

Take breaks, if needed. In between various steps, go outside of the room for a few minutes, take off your respirator, and breathe in the fresh air. If you had to hunch over or lean down while painting, take a quick stretch before going back in.

Give it ample time to dry. After applying your epoxy paint, you now have to wait for it to cure. This is the time when the paint hardens to the point where you can get the element tile wet without damaging the surface. Epoxy coatings can dry in 2-3 days, but it is probably safer to leave it alone for a full week.

Hire a professional. An experienced tile worker or kitchen/bathroom remodeler can offer you some additional options beyond standard refinishing. For example, some of them can spray on a primer followed by a urethane coating that mimics a glaze when buffed. Make sure to go with a contractor that you trust and guarantee a competitive price by getting at least two bids. Tile reglazing fumes are strong and could cause sensitivity if you have allergies or asthma.

How to Cleaning Grout with Vinegar?

Vinegar is a natural, effective cleanser for porcelain tile. You can clean tile floors, countertops, backsplash, and bathroom surfaces using a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Cleaning wood tile grout is also easy. You can use vinegar alone or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to remove tough stains and grime from grout.

Pour vinegar along tile edges. Vinegar can effectively clean grout when applied at full strength or when diluted with water. Carefully pour vinegar along the edges of the marble tile, allowing it to soak into the grout.

Let the vinegar sit for 10 minutes. After you pour the vinegar along the wood marble tiled edges, allow the vinegar to soak into the grout. Letting the vinegar sit for 10 minutes will help loosen debris and stains.

Scrub the grout with a toothbrush. After you allow the vinegar to soak into the grout for 10 minutes, scrub the grout using small, circular motions. An old toothbrush works best, but you can also use a small cleaning brush.

Rinse with clean water. When you finish scrubbing the grout, you will want to rinse away the remaining vinegar from the wall tile and grout. You can pour clean water over the tile, or you can wipe with a clean, wet cloth.

Use vinegar and baking soda for a deeper clean. Add a small amount of vinegar to baking soda. Add just enough vinegar so that the two ingredients form a paste. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout with the paste. Rinse with clean water when finished, making sure you remove any residue from the mixture.

The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

Before you buy tile for a tiling project, you should be able to identify porcelain and ceramic tiles. Both are made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired. Both porcelain and ceramic tile are in the category of “ceramic tile.” Ceramic tiles are divided into two groups: non-porcelain tiles (or ceramic) and porcelain tiles. In general terms, porcelain tiles are a higher quality and more resistant to damage, since they’re fired in a kiln at higher temperatures and made of less porous materials.

Inspect the tiles finish to see how smooth it is. You can do this either by visually inspecting the tiles top surfaces or by running your fingers over the top of the tiles. Porcelain tiles have a fine-grained finish that is smoother than the finish on ceramic tiles. So, if the finish is slightly bumpy or coarse when you touch it, you’re dealing with non-porcelain (ceramic) tile. If the tiles are already glazed, flip them over and look at the unglazed underside.

Look for chips in the glaze to identify ceramic tile. Look closely at the glaze: if it’s chipped, you will be able to see the tile’s white or tan base. This is a sure sign that the tile is ceramic. Porcelain tiles are sometimes, but not always, glazed. Most high-quality porcelain tiles will have a consistent color that goes through the top, body, and bottom of the tile. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, are nearly always glazed. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more resistant to wear and damage than non-porcelain ceramic tiles.

Examine the sides of the tile for a white, tan, or red color. While porcelain tiles can be colored, ceramic tiles will always have a white, tan, or red color, with a colored glaze on top. So, if you see that the sides (and base) of the tile are any other color other than white, tan, or red, you can be sure that you’re dealing with a porcelain tile. Some cheap, low-quality porcelain tiles may not have the color mixed through the body of the tile. Avoid purchasing these tiles.

Compare the costs of the two tile types. In nearly every scenario, porcelain tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles: they take more time to produce, are more versatile, and tend to last longer. If you’re looking at two types of tiles in a hardware or home-supply store, non-porcelain (ceramic) tiles will be a little cheaper. As a broad rule of thumb, porcelain tile usually costs approximately 60% more than ceramic tile.