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Unread 09-21-2020, 08:29 AM   #1
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Grout advice

Just installed this tile and need some advice on the easiest way to grout? I am used to a flatter tile which makes grouting a lot easier. This, not so much.
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Unread 09-21-2020, 12:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Brent.

How many square feet of tile is there to be grouted?

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Unread 09-21-2020, 03:20 PM   #3
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Square feet

25- 30 square feet
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Unread 09-21-2020, 04:03 PM   #4
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First thing to do is clean out the excess thinset...the longer you wait, the harder that will be. Depending on the grout chosen, the depth variances can cause the grout to change color based on the depth.

It might be tedious, but to keep grout out of the tiles themselves, you may want to consider covering them with tape, otherwise, I think you'll end up applying too much pressure when trying to clean them, and lose more than you probably want from the actual grout joints. Plus, with all of those recesses in the tiles themselves, it would be easy to miss some grout there, and then risk damaging them later if you tried to clean it up.
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Welcome, Brent.

I agree with getting right on the task of cleaning out the mortar that’s oozed into your grout joints. Like Jim said, ‘The sooner, the much better’.

For grouting, you’re going to be cleaning forever. I don’t know of any way around it. The tiles are posing quite a challenge. I’d work in small batches to keep the job from spiraling out of control. If you spread too much grout and parts harden before you can clean them, the job will last 2 eternities. I’d personally recommend Laticrete Permacolor, as I’ve had such great results with consistent coloring. If you’re going to break this up into multiple batches, I’d want a really consistent grout like Permacolor.

P.S. I’d probably grab a few 6” lengths of wood dowels and sharpen them in a pencil sharpener to aid you in scraping grout from the parts that the grout sponge doesn’t clean.

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