First, choose a nice color to compliment the tile. If you have a Dark Tile, go with a Dark Grout, but if you have a Light Tile, save yourself a massive hassle and choose a Light-colored Grout.
Mix the Grout according to the Package Directions, making it the texture of paste.
There's a device called a 'Floater' that you can get in the Tile Section, too. You could use a spatula or make a little thing that looks like an Icing Dispenser you would use for cake decorating... I'll make one and take a picture of it for you when I get around to Grouting the Sunroom!
Oh, I just thought of an easy way for you to make an Icing Bag -- take a Large Freezer Bag and cut a wee bit off the bottom corner. Most Grout Lines are between 1/16th to 1/4 of an inch, so make the hole accordingly.
Clean the floor and all the lines in between the tiles. Vacuflo is a great little tool for this!
Push the Grout in between the tiles, making sure to avoid any air bubbles. (That's Dwight's job! I'm Grout 'cleaner-upper'! It's a good skill to have, because it's the difference between a okay looking job and a gorgeous job.)
Now to clean it off -- Wail 'til the Grout has hardened a bit -- about 15 minutes. Start in the area where the person applying the Grout first began. That area will be ready to 'clean' first'.
Some people use enormous sponges to clean the grout, but I find the small Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Sponges are much easier to control, especially with fine lines.
Get a big bucket of Hot Water, (not so hot that you can't put your hands in, though!) and your sponges. Have at least 3 or 4 on hand before you get started.
Put all the Sponges in the Bucket of Hot Water. Wring out one sponge, and gently remove all the Grout from the inside of the tile. This might take a while. Frequently rinse off your sponge.
Now for the tricky part -- the actual Grout Line. Carefully run a nice clean, but wet, sponge along the Grout Line. Get your finger wet and run it along the entire line to make the grout really smooth. It'll look great!
Just work your way around the room until you're done. Change the water often and remember to dump it outside, since it's gritty and shouldn't go down the sink.
Here's Dwight grouting the Sunroom, which is right of our Master Bedroom. Beautiful room. We laid the Tile at an angle in the Sunroom, and straight in almost every other room in the house. We have over 1500 square feet of Tile in this house, so there was a lot of grouting to be done!
This is the Sunroom in the first picture on the Left, then two shots of the Dining Room Floor. That's our sweet little dog, Tia, who apparently missed being on the floor while we were grouting it!
Here's the Sunroom when the Tiling and Grouting were done -- it's my favorite Reading Room. The last three pictures are of the Steamroom, because that was then most difficult are to grout, by far. The Tile goes all the way around the room, including the Ceiling and around the Window. The ceiling was very hard on my arms and hands, so don't think I'll do that task, again! It's beautiful when it's done, but it was a huge amount of work. I think the Steamroom measers 8' X 5' -- can't remember because Dwight and I fought so much during the building stage of that area, I can't remember who won or what we were each fighting for... ah, that's Building!
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