Beach House Kitchen – Grouting Tile

The next step in the kitchen remodel was grouting the tile. I waited to do this so I could easily screw the toe kicks down over the tile – the screws went between the tiles.

Step 1 – get the grout down on the floor. I mix it to the consistency of cake frosting and work it in the joints with a grout float. Once done, I let it haze over – about 30 minutes.

Don’t wear your grout shoes in the rest of the house.

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Step 2 – I get a bucket of water and a grouting sponge. Use the wet sponge to get up as much as possible. I rinse it often. Go light and keep the motion at 45 degrees to the joints. Once done, I let it haze over again.

Don’t wear your grout shoes in the rest of the house.

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Step 3 – Do the same as step 2 all over again. Let the floor sit for at least an hour. It will still have a light haze on it.

Step 4 – I get another bucket of clean water and add in a bit of white vinegar (1:10). Use paper towels and the water to clean off the remaining haze. It doesn’t do any good to scrub the floor with a dirty paper towel. As soon as I see dirt on it, I pitch it and get a new one. I used about 30 on this floor. Don’t wait at all – go to step 5 as soon as possible.

Don’t wear your grout shoes in the rest of the house.

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Step 5 – Same as step 4, but no vinegar – just water. This get’s the vinegar solution (acidic) off the floor.

I put away my grout shoes.

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Here’s the floor – done. It took 5 hours. I was able to do other things while I waited between cleanings.

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I needed to head home for a couple of days. When I get back I can put the trim down and bring the appliances in.

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