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Unread 05-08-2009, 05:04 AM   #1
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"This Old House" episode

Pretty neat episode last nite. The tile contractor installed 1" x 1" mosaics on bath floor. He grouted the floor, then instead of cleaning with sponge, he took dry ground and dusted the entire floor. He then took a rag and wiped the entire floor. This "buffed" the floor so ta speak. He then swept the floor and took wet sawdust and spread a thin layer over the entire floor. He then rubbed the entire floor with the wet sawdust to remove any extra grout and haze. It worked cuz the sawdust turned a different color. The whole process actually looked very effective. I can't remember, but i think the contractor said he only does it with larger grount joints. This must've been a trick he learned from one of the "old timers"
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Yes, old timers indeed, but it is not unheard of


Looks like it might not work as well with modern grout though


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seems to me like the sawdust would stick to the joints.

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It's definitely an "old guy" method, Larry, and a very effective one if done correctly.

Never heard of putting dry grout over the surface first, nor of wetting the sawdust. Just dry sawdust and burlap at just the right time works quite well, though.

If ol' Gobis happens to be in your town when you gotta grout a floor, get him to come over and demonstrate. He likes that method.

'Course his consultation fee might make your grouting a little more expensive, but you will be well schooled inna proper procedure.
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Yeah, I'm sure this method does work well,..............but I'm sure there is a method to the madness. I would think the timing of wiping etc would be a bit different and take some learnin and figurin'. I'm sure as materials change, this method may work better or worse. I might just give this method a shot next time.
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Use to do that many years ago with quarry tile and wide joints, Rub the dry grout in first to firm up the grout then use the burlap and damp sawdust to clean the tile and smooth off the grout. Very hard work have not done it in ages.
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anyone ever soak their tile prior to laying them ?not the new porcelan but the white/ red/ quarry stuff
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I have seen it done but have never found a reason to do it.
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Yeah, there's a few setters here on the forum who soak their quarry stuff to keep them from sucking the moisture out of the setting material.

Dave Gobis taught me the sawdust and burlap method a coupla years ago with dry sawdust (coarse) and burlap. Works very good and leaves clean, clean, clean tile with surprisingly little effort. Just wait until the grout is set up like CX said before starting.

...I also learned what happens when you mix up the coffee cans (notice any similarity to CX's picture?) of sawdust and use the fine sawdust instead of coarse sawdust. Whoops....
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