Compared to tiling my family room floor, grouting it was much easier. And faster. But still a pain in the butt. I am beyond thrilled with the end results, so it was definitely worth it, but as you can see I’ve been in no rush to do it again… in the kitchen. The ugly white square tiles are still doing their thing in the there.Oh and in case you’re wondering that is not really a bench. It’s the base for my cabinet wall that has yet to be built. It’s going to look awesome one day when I finish. Honest. My next post will address those tile boxes being used as a step…
Anyway, buying grout is pretty straight forward.
- Know the size of your grout lines. This would be easy if you used spacers. I had 1/16″ spacers but stopped using them after about an hour.
- Determine if you need sanded or unsanded grout. (Explanation below)
- Choose your color. The darker the better in my opinion because it’s just going to get dirty. That being said, I hate dark grout and white tiles. I know it’s a look. I just do not like it. So my advice is if you are deciding between a few different colors, go with the darkest option.
Sanded grout is for wider grout lines, anything greater than 1/8″. The sand helps bind the grout together, making it stronger and solid. For grout lines less than 1/8″ the grout doesn’t need to be as strong, therefore the sand isn’t required, hence the unsanded grout. But… using sanded grout even when it’s not “needed” can still be okay. It worked well with my porcelain tile, but I wouldn’t want to use it on marble and finer materials. Always follow the directions that come with your tile, and use the suggested grout. The other issue with using sanded grout on thin grout lines is that it can be hard to push the thicker grout into the small spaces. I didn’t have a problem with this.
I bought my grout at Home Depot. I used Polyblend in New Taupe and I only needed two bags. That color swatch is ridiculous by the way because it looks nothing like that. But New Taupe only came in sanded (just my luck!), so I ended up using sanded grout on my tiny grout lines. I mixed up one bag with my trusty new drill and mixing attachment I bought for the self-leveler (post HERE) and was ready to go. Oh and I got a kick out of the fact that I had a ton of 5-gallon buckets left over from sealing the driveway. Asphalt is so much easier to rinse out than concrete!!!
The grout went in the lines just fine. Grout floats are cool. It made pushing the grout into the lines a piece of cake. The real bummer with grouting is cleaning the grout off the tile. There’s just no way to get the grout in the lines without getting some on the tile. Oh how I wish there were. That section at the top has already been “cleaned.” Crazy right!?
I wiped the tiles with a wet sponge and rung it out constantly in clean water and I felt like I was doing nothing. It was such a pain. The water had to be changed every few tiles and they still looked all cloudy when I was finished.So I gave up! I grouted the whole dang floor and let the grout dry on the tile. Gasp! I know. That’s like the golden rule of grouting… don’t let it dry on the tiles. Whatever. I live on the edge.
I found it much easier to rub/scrape the grout off with a dry rag. No more rinsing water buckets. I watched TV and worked that night until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Then I finished up the next day.
I think I had an extra difficult time getting the grout off because the tiles I used are textured. They have a real wood grain quality to them. The grout liked to get stuck in the grooves and a wet sponge wasn’t doing any good.
It was definitely a labor of love. I’d scrape – scrape – scrape, then vacuum up the dust.There were a few spots I missed initially, so I mixed up a small bowl of grout just estimating the water content.
And eventually it started to look awesome…And there you have it… My DIY herringbone tile floor. Make sure to check out how I installed the tile HERE.
Here’s what’s been happening with the family room:
- Ladies Demo + Wine Night
- Family Room Can of Worms
- Family Room Gets Wired Up
- Making Progress on the Family Room
- Design Choices for the Family Room
- Family Effort this Weekend
- The Built-in Bookshelf and Why It’s Not Finished
- Built-in Bookshelf Using IKEA BESTA
- Self-Leveling Concrete
- Tiling Herringbone Floor
- Grouting the Herringbone Floor <<You are here
- New Step into Family Room
- Lego Coffee Table
- Under Couch Lego Storage