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Unread 01-14-2006, 02:42 PM   #1
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Cool Grout Bag or float

My husand and I are doing out first ceramic floor tile installation. Unfortunately we chose a 20x20 room for this and boy what a lot of work! Here is what I need to know...

Should we use a grout bag to put the grout down or a float? I cannot find any info on the technique for a grout bag except for outdoor projects. Is it done the same way? Also, one article I read said that you should spray a water mist on the tiles before grouting. Is this correct?

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Unread 01-14-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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We could talk about grout techniques all day,but mainly, i hardly ever use a grout bag...unless it's a porous stone,like precast,orbrickwork,or a chise edge,or something.What is your material?If it's regular 20x20 tile,i would use a sponge like usual....but do not leave the grout on the face of the tile longer than a few minutes, and be sure to get it clean the first day,so there's not a thick haze the next day.
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Unread 01-14-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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Welcome, Petty,
A traditional grout float will allow you to mix the grout to the proper consistancy and will alsom make it easier to pack in the grout tight. To use a grout bag, you need to mix the grout up a bit looser...the extra liquid mixed into the grout spreads the cement molecules further apart and results in weaker grout when it dries.

As far as misting the tiles, I wouldn't do that. But if the tile has a bit of texture, wiping them with a slightly damp sponge keeps the grout from sticking to the face of the tiles, and makes clean-up during grouting a little easier.
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Unread 01-15-2006, 09:28 AM   #4
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plus with the larger tiles you can just work the grout down the grout lines with a bit of care and clean as you go tech. it is easier than grouting 12" and a lot less clean up!
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Unread 01-15-2006, 09:40 AM   #5
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I agree with the others, use a rubber grout float. Let the grout firm up in the joints before washing. Usually it will fim up within ten minutes.
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Unread 01-15-2006, 12:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice. My husband had to try the grout bag and he quickly found out that it does not work and it is very hard on the hands. We have about half of the floor grouted and will finish up this afternoon as soon as our backs, hands, and knees rest a little. I truly have a new found respect for all the people out there that do this for a living.

I have another question...we are using sanded grout and it seems to dry out pretty quick. We are mixing half the bag at a time and working pretty quickly but by the time we get about 2/3 of the way thru the batch it is very dry. Can we add a touch of water at this point or should we mix smaller batches?

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Unread 01-15-2006, 12:57 PM   #7
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Petty, after mixing the grout, let it slack (set) about 5 minutes or so. It will stiffen up a little. I usually add a sprinkle of water at this time and remix. After that just mix a little, it will normally loosen back up. Get back to work.
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