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01-13-2003, 08:41 PM
I'm applying grout to floor tiles for the first time. A friend suggested that I use a frosting bag (cake decorator) to squeeze the grout between the tiles then run my finger down to press the grout down. Thoughts? Thanks.

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John Bridge
01-13-2003, 09:22 PM
Hi Vince, Welcome. :)

Not I, buddy. :D

I've been grouting a long time with a rubber grout float.

01-13-2003, 09:25 PM
Hi Vince,

I think you want to get yourself a grout bag, around $5-6 at the big box stores, but personally I've never had alot of luck using one of those on tile, still makes a big mess, works pretty good for tuckpointing, but that another thread. Now I'm not strictly a tileman, just a remodeler forced by my old tileman's relocation to take up the vocation. The jobs I've done have all been on either ceramic or porcelin tile and we just floated in the grout. Need several clean buckets of water and plently of good sponges to do it that way.

01-13-2003, 10:34 PM
Well Vince your friend sure has you goin' 'bout it the hard way. Sure you will save a little on grout but you will be there all day.

Mix the grout about like peanut butter. Get a good rubber float and pull the grout at a 45 deg angle to your grout lines while pressing the grout into the joints. It will look messy but that's the kid coming out in ya'.

Once the joints are full of grout, use the float to remove the excess grout off the tile surface. You just want the big stuff off at this point.

Then get the buckets ready....and wipe off the residue with a damp tile sponge. Make a couple of passes with the sponge and let the grout residue haze over. Use the sponge to smooth out the joints as you go.

You can buff off the residue with an old towel after a couple of hours. Just make sure the thick grout is cleaned off while it's wet and don't let it get hard.

Good luck


01-14-2003, 07:21 AM
I'm sure your buddy meant well. (does he work at Home Depot? )
Grout Float is the only way to go follow above instructions. Good Luck And do a small area at a time until you get a feel for it. :)

01-14-2003, 01:56 PM
I'm just getting done grouting for the first time. I tried the grout bag on my first section - total waste of time and a pain in the arse. To the garbage it went.

Use the grout float per John's instructions. Do a forum search for more grouting tips - lots of threads on this. Have fun!


01-14-2003, 01:58 PM
drew: what's "tuckpointing"? I'm trying to get the lingo down :-)


01-14-2003, 02:55 PM
Its a repair method of "tucking" grout or mortar into a joint with the "point" of a trowel.

01-15-2003, 01:48 AM
ah, thanks...makes sense...


01-15-2003, 05:51 AM
Not to use to damp of a sponge in the clean up process. A barely damp or dry sponge is what you need to keep in mind.

Too much water in clean up has ruined many a tile installation.

Also remember to wipe the grout off the tile diagonally across the tile, with both the rubber float initially and with the "dry" sponge for the final clean up.

You will need to to change your water several times, the last bucket will have little color change, from the residue.