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Unread 11-11-2003, 12:19 AM   #1
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What are the advantages/ disadvantages of sanded/unsanded grout? I'm putting down floor tile in the bathroom (12x12 tiles) with 1/8th inch grout line. I understand I can use sanded or unsanded with that width. Is there a significant difference?

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Unread 11-11-2003, 04:14 AM   #2
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That's a good question

Since you can use both, it comes down to personal preference. If you want a joint that's easy to clean, the unsanded grout might be your choice because it will finish smoother than a sanded grout.

I'd be concerned if the joints were not all 1/8" when you finished. The tile might have a rounded, cleft or wavy edge, which would make the joint wider. If you want to be safe, use sanded grout. The added benefit is it'll wear better if this is a high-traffic bathroom.

The grout colors are most often made in both sanded and unsanded, so you don't have to limit your choice in that respect.
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Hi Dave, Welcome.

I'm not disagreeing with David, but my preference would be sanded grout with tiles that large. I've a feeling some of the joints might stretch out a bit. Floor tiles are not all that well calibrated.
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