Choosing A Tile Grout Mortar

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Tile Grout Selection

The color of your tile grout can make or break the look of a finished floor. Here are some tips to aid you in your selection:

  • Avoid using black, green, or red colored grout mortars. They are notoriously difficult to clean from ceramic tile and baseboards. If you do decide to use them and have problems removing the dust haze, allow 24 hours for grout to dry, then clean tile with a mild acid based tile cleaner such as sulfamic acid crystals. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry.
  • Use unsanded grout mortar for grout joints 1/8" or smaller.
  • Use sanded grout mortar for grout joints larger than 1/8".
  • Acrylic latex admixture may be used in place of water when mixing your grout mortar. This additive will add strength to and enhance the color of the finished grout joint. In some cases, this additive will eliminate the need for you to seal your grout joints. Some grout mortars do not require an additive. Check with the manufacturer when in doubt.
  • (1) 25 pound bag of sanded tile grout will cover roughly 100 square feet of ceramic tile flooring with 1/4" grout joints. Follow manufacturers recommendations for unsanded tile grout.
  • We do not recommend the use of white grout in moderately wet areas. Try using a gray or light brown colored grout. Beside being hard to keep clean, white grout tends to yellow or discolor over time.
  • Manufacturers have varying methods for mixing and installing their product. These instructions should always be carefully followed.

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