Grouting Your Tiles Right

When installing tiles, the most satisfying part of finishing the job is grouting. Grouting is the process of waterproofing the gaps in between tiles on your floors. For ceramic tiles, grout is a cement-based bonding material used for filling the joints between them.

The grout joint between the tiles is usually porous and needs to be sealed properly to prevent damage and discoloration. When you protect your tiles properly, it will be resistant to staining, be easier to clean, and maintain hygiene in your home.

Before you go running to the stores to pick up grout for your new ceramic tile flooring installation project to be completed, do your homework. There are different types of grout for ceramic tiles according to the width of the grout joint.

bathroom ceramic tile

These fall into four basic types of grout:

  1. Finely sanded grout – Used for floor tiles where the joints are 1/8” to 3/8” wide.
  2. Unsanded grout – Used only for wall tiles where the grout joint is less than 1/8” wide.
  3. Quarry grout – The same as finely sanded grout except that a coarser grade of sand is used. Used for joints that are 3/8” to 1/2” wide.
  4. Epoxy grout – This consists of an epoxy resin and hardener. Used ideally for countertops and areas susceptible to stains.

Now that you know the types of grouts that are available, you won’t be in a state of confusion when you go to the stores. However, there are some more important things to keep in mind when choosing the right grout for your kitchen ceramic tile flooring or bathroom ceramic tile flooring.

  • The wider the joint, the coarser the sand needs to be as it prevents the grout from shrinking and cracking.
  • Grout comes in a wide variety of pre-mixed colors, so you can use this to your advantage and create very different looks with colors.

The standard grout joint size for floor tiles is 1/4” wide and 1/16” for walls.

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle

Since grade one we’ve been asked to memorize the 3R’s – Reduce, reuse, and recycle. The 3R’s help one cut down on the amount of waste created and simply thrown away by people. We all learnt that the usage of the concept 3R’s in reality would help in the conservation of natural resources, landfill space, and energy. Alongside, it will also help save up on land space and money.

In the following blog, we have given our own personal twist to it and renamed them as Reuse, Recycle, and REDO! Though the underlying notion remains the same our twist tackles how the waste created can be put to great use and increase the style statement of your space.

Everyone has gone through the struggle of renovating homes and somehow even after a lot of preparation in advance, we always tend to over spend and over buy. So here are our ideas on how to Reuse, Recycle, and Redo:

– Are you a selfie lover? Then create your own DIY photography backdrop in your room using leftover / broken ceramic glazed wall tiles. It is sure to make your selfies look so much better.

glazed vitrified tiles

– Up cycle your file cabinet and give your office space an absolutely new look by using the tiles in the interiors of it. It will further help keep files and documents clean.    

– Bored of the regular photo frames in and around your house? How about you use ceramic floor tiles and paste up your Polaroid photos and prints using the best adhesive for ceramic tile? We think it is a great idea.

– Tile garden? Yes, It is one of the easiest ways to maintain a garden and will add a whole lot of colour to it. Make mosaic tile patterned plant pots and you are good to go.

– Give a new base to your morning cuppa and make use of coloured tiles as coasters.

Your house is now renovated and the pile of tiles wasted and broken have been put to good use. Best of both worlds that is how we like it!

Keeping coming back for such innovative ideas.