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Unread 03-04-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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Grout type for bathroom

Hi all,

I am just about done setting 6 x 6 Rialto porcelan tile in a bathroom on the floor and on the tub walls, all with 1/8" gaps. I am a little uncertain as to what type of grout to use. I know that I need a sanded grout, but I don't know if standard cement type grout is acceptable in these applications, or do I need to go with and epoxy type grout. Is epoxy an overkill? I know the tiles themselves do not need sealing nor do epoxy grouts, but the regular cement grout would. How long do the sealers last before they need to be reapplied?

My local stores carry Laticrete 1500 grout with or without addmix, Laticrete Spectralock, Mapei Keracolor S, and Mapei Kerapoxy.

I appreciate your input.

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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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You actually could use either sanded or unsanded with 1/8" grout joints. I think I'd be inclined to use sanded but it's your choice. Spectralock is not necessary but it does have some definite advantages...like never needing sealing and true color match. I use Spectralock in my shower and in my entry. If you use a cementious grout you should seal it after it cures (read instructions) and then annually after that.

If that doesn't work, I'll always think it should have.
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