March 11, 2021
How to Grout a Tile Backsplash
A tile backsplash makes cleaning quick and easy, adds personality to a space, and provides extra protection for your walls. When you install a tile backsplash, it's important to finish off the installation process with a proper grout job. Grouting a tile backsplash gives your surface a crisp finished appearance and protects the tiles from dirt and debris. If grouting is not done properly, you could end up with cracks, irregular coloring, and stains. In other words, a poor grout job when installing a tile backsplash can become an eyesore.
At Beall Contractors, we're going to outline easy steps for grouting a tile backsplash to help you get the job done right if you choose to go the DIY route. So, if you're wondering how to grout a tile backsplash correctly, you're at the right place.
Choose Your Tile Grout
There are many different types of grout, including finely sanded grout, unsanded grout, epoxy, and many more. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Grout also comes in several colors, allowing you to choose something that delivers a colorful backsplash. It’s important to understand the options that you have so that you can make the right choices.
Gather the Necessary Tools and Supplies
The next step is to gather the supplies you need to do the job. You’ll need the following supplies:
- Plastic sheeting
- Grout sealer
- Putty knife
- Painters tape
- Mixing bucket
- Microfiber cloth
- Grout scrubber
- All-purpose sponges
- Rubber grout float
- Margin trowel
- Drill and paddle
Prepare the Surfaces
Clean the surface to remove any loose debris and cover it with plastic sheeting. You’ll also need to secure the corners with painter’s tape.
Mix the Grout
Mix the grout in a bucket, and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions so that you can achieve the ideal consistency. Be careful not to mix too much of the grout which may end up hardening before you use it.
Apply the Grout in Small Sections
Depending on the size of the surface, break down the area into smaller sections and spread the grout over the tiles using your float. Apply the grout firmly into the joints working at a 45-degree angle.
Let the Grout Dry
After applying the grout, let it dry for about 15 minutes. Do not use things like dehumidifiers or air conditions to accelerate drying, as it could lead to shrinkage.
Clean the Tiles When You’re Done
After the grout has settled for a few minutes, gently wipe down the surface with a damp sponge to remove the remaining grout film from the backsplash tiles.
Grouting a tile backsplash is as easy as that. This is a fairly simple process that you can complete if you’re equipped with the necessary tools.
Need Help with Tile Replacement or Grout a Tile Backsplash? Call Beall Contracting
If you're interested in installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other space but don't feel like doing the job yourself, call Beall Contracting to help you out. Our skilled handymen can also help with grouting tile backsplash.