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Old 08-02-2005, 09:41 AM   #1
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Question Grouting with cheesecloth

With my limited tile setting experience, I always assumed that grout was installed with a rubber float and finished with a grout sponge. It never even occurred to me that there might be another method - cheesecloth!??

I found this CTIOA article extolling the benefits of using cheesecloth to both install and clean the grout, especially on non-porous tile jobs. What I read makes sense, but experience is always the best teacher, so are there any takes on this method from the pros? Is it DIYer friendly?
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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Japanese?

When i tried to see the article you posted it came up in Japanese text. I have heard of using cheesecloth on big areas to backwash but it was on commercial jobs and i was never there to witness how they did it. I know there has got to be someone on this forum who can shed light on this. Gabe
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Hmmm... the link works fine for me, but just in case something is amiss here's the link in text form:

http://www.ctioa.org/reports/fr44.html

I'm really curious about this cuz' the article makes it sound like the way to go for a number of reasons and I'v got 600 sq. ft. of floor tile to set and grout real soon.
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Hmm,
Never tried it that way. Makes some sense but seems exptremely impractical (time and materials). I'll file it away in the back of my head for possible use in the future though. Thanks for the link.
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I was trying to get the grout on my kitchen counter as flush as possible with the hard-edged porcelain tile surface, but the sponge seemed to always pull a little more out than I ideally wanted. The grout lines look OK, recessed a small amount like you usually see - still I wanted them a bit higher. The article addresses this, but cheesecloth seems like it ought to be more "abrasive" for a lack of a better word.

Since "Many of the persons who work for companies that manufacture grout also recommend the cheesecloth and no sponges.", maybe someone knows if it really works or someone has tips on how to do it right.
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With my limited tile setting experience, I always assumed that grout was installed with a rubber float and finished with a grout sponge. It never even occurred to me that there might be another method - cheesecloth!??

I found this CTIOA article extolling the benefits of using cheesecloth to both install and clean the grout, especially on non-porous tile jobs. What I read makes sense, but experience is always the best teacher, so are there any takes on this method from the pros? Is it DIYer friendly?
Ignore that article. The guy that wrote it is clueless. Cheesecloth is worthless for most grouting. I wouldn't even think of using it for cement grout or epoxy.

If anyone remembers masterset/rediset, a lot of that was speced for hospitals and the pregrouted sheets were required to be caulked. We used to use cheescloth with denatured alcohol to clean the caulk. Those product lines have since been discontinued.
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Thanks Max - exactly why I hang out here, exposing clueless authors and bogus techniques.

Come to think of it, if it's so good, why isn't everyone here already using cheesecloth? Judging from the vast number of responses to this thread, I must have been mislead into using a sponge!

Shame on all you snake oil salesmen (and women)
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