Hi all, first let me thank the forum for all the great advice I've gleaned from the postings here. You have already helped us plan our design and layout our pattern (and here you didn't even know it!). My husband and I are in the process of laying tile in our basement... roughly 650 sq feet. We have some experience in laying tile and it really is looking wonderful. But soon comes the painful part. The grouting! I absolutely hate grouting! More precisely I hate the cleanup of the grout. Before I get to my questions, here's a little background....
3/4" plywood subfloor over radiant hydronic heating (new construction all nice and level)
pattern: main field is diamond pattern with a 4" broken tile border and each room is bounded by one row of tiles along the wall
Tile: 12"x12" porcelain tile (made by Rondine Group) in Canyon Black
Thinset: TEC Fullflex
TEC Accucolor sanded grout polymer enhanced (3/16" spacing)
The tile has quite a rough surface and our concern is with cleanup. The last time we used a rough tile it was a nightmare to clean up! To try and minimize the scrubbing that I fear is in my future I have a few questions that I hope you can help me with.
1. We purchased TEC Acrylic Grout additive. Do you recommend using this additive in our application? (One room is a mudroom) Will the additive make the grout more difficult to clean up? Do we still need to seal the grout if we use the additive?
2. With respect to the grout "setting"... the instructions on the grout say to wait 30 min to 1 hour before you begin to wipe down the tile... I'm sure we didn't wait that long the last time we grouted... could that be why it was so difficult to clean up? We spent days scrubbing tile in our bathroom and that was a small space compared to our current project...
3. Should I just save ourselves the aggravation and hire a professional to come in and grout for us?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe a step by step "How to grout- for dummies" is most appropriate...