- grout (cement, silicone or epoxy);
- capacity for breeding grout;
- Masking tape (for use with silicone or epoxy fugue);
- rubber spatula for jointing;
- a sponge and water tank;
- Protective gloves.
first need to prepare the surface for the jointing.To do this, you must wait for the complete drying tile adhesive, then clean the joints of dust and debris that could get into them (this is especially important for floor tiles).It is best to vacuum the seams to clean them, and the very tile wipe with a damp cloth or sponge from dust.
If you are using cement grout, then you first need to dissolve it with water.To do this, pour the dry grout into a container, then add the right amount of water (the ratio of the mixture and the water is i
ndicated by the manufacturer on the package).Dry cement grout has a very small fraction, almost like powder, so you need to stir it long and hard.First, the powder will float on the water surface and not be mixed with it, then gradually start to get "dough."Be careful not to leave lumps, or untidy weld and grout will not be able to fully ensure waterproofing.
Unlike cement grout, silicone and epoxy mixtures are sold in ready to use form, you simply open the package and get to work.
easiest way to fill the joints cement grout.To do this, take a rubber spatula to mix jointing and lays into the seam so that all voids were filled.Part of the mixture smeared on the tile, and the seam will be surplus.Do not worry, as it should be, because it is the initial stage.Next you need to remove the excess with a rubber spatula.To do this, put a spatula across the seam, slightly bent in the direction of motion, and perform a pressure on the seam.Then grout in the joint is flush with the tile or below, due to the rounded edges of the tile and soft rubber spatula.Now you can either leave or, or make the seam a little more relief if it fits your idea.To deepen the joint simply insert the spatula into the seam to the desired depth and run along the seam, removing unnecessary.
When working with silicone and epoxy grout problem followed by cleaning the tiles from the smudge excess mixture.These types of jointers is very difficult to remove from the surface, especially if the unglazed tile or embossed surface structure.Therefore, to work with these types of grout should be tidy and tiles along the edges of the joints need to seal the masking tape.The principle of operation is the same as with cement fugue: lay the mixture into the seam, remove the excess, if you want to deepen the seam.
When the grout is completely dry, tiles must be cleaned of excess.In the case of cement grout you need to scrub all the tiles with a damp sponge, and when working with silicone or epoxy - remove stained masking tape affixed around joints.
sure to obey the terms of drying tile adhesive and grout itself, or under the tiles may appear mold, and when cleaning the surface of the following mixtures can be easily upset the orderly seams.
Try to mix the grout in small portions, as the work with her very long and laborious, and the mixture begins to thicken in the air after about half an hour.