You’ve installed tile on your kitchen and also bought the grout. But you’ve never used epoxy grout before. So, you’re in a dilemma on how to actually use it. We’ve got you!
How to use epoxy grout?
Firstly, you have to clean the area where you’ll grout. Then gather all the tools you need for the process. After that mix the grout and start applying it. Make sure you’re covering all the lines in between the tiles. Check it thoroughly once you’re done. After that, wipe off the excess and let it dry.
Well, that was just the briefing of the entire process. To know more about the process in-depth, dive into our segment. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Where Can You Use Epoxy Grout?
Epoxy grout is quite a strong product. Hence, you have to be careful where you’re using it. Firstly, you can use this on a porous surface such as limestone or unglazed tiles. This is because this will discolor and ruin the area.
However, you can use this on the kitchen tile, shower, or floor tiles. Moreover, areas with heavy traffic make the perfect place to use this grout. Because these are very durable and stain-resistant. Hence, you don’t have to maintain it often
Steps On How You Can Use Epoxy Grout
After you’re done installing the tile, and waiting for it to dry, it’s time to grout! Well, you can use this grout quite easily. However, make sure you follow all the steps correctly to make sure this works.
But first, you have to make sure to put on your safety gear. Wear your gloves, masks, and goggles before you start working on the grout. Because these chemicals can be quite harmful to your health.
Usually, this process will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. However, this might vary according to the size of the room you’re working on. But it won’t take as long to retile your shower.
So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
The Necessary Tools You’re Going To Need
Now before we get into the process, we need to gather our tools. This will help to make the process much easier. So, here’s the list:
- Putty knife or Thin-blade screwdriver
- Epoxy Grout
- An electric drill
- Mixing paddle
- A Bucket of Water
- White scrub pad
- Hydro sponge
- Hard Rubber Float
- Clean white cloth
- Haze Remover
These are basically all the tools you’ll need to smoothly go through the process. So, let’s check out the process now!
Step 1 of 5: Cleaning And Prepare The Area
Firstly you have to start by prepping your area for grouting. Use a putty knife or a thin-blade screwdriver to scrape off any fragment from the tile. After that, take your vacuum cleaner and clean the area.
Now make a detergent mixture using an equal portion of soap and water. Take a clean cloth and clean the face of the tile with the mixture.
After you’re done with this, you need to prep the area. Make sure the temperature in the area is between 60℉ to 85°F. It’s better is to have the area at room temperature. Otherwise, if the place is too cool, it’ll take longer to cure.
Step 2 of 5: Mixing The Grout
Now you have to start working on your grout. It’s better to follow the instructions on your packet to have an accurate mix. But for most grout’s the mixing process is the same. So, here’s a process you can follow.
First, you have to open the container and take out the catalyst. Then pour the catalyst into the container along with the paste. After that, take your electric drill and combine the mixture thoroughly.
Now, use your trowel to further mix the concoction. You’ll have a soft consistent mixture afterward. In case the room is not within the recommended temperature, the mixture will be stiff. Hence strictly, maintain the room temperature rule.
Step 3 of 5: Applying The Grout On The Grout Lines
After mixing the grout, it’s time to apply it. Take your hard rubber float, and apply the mixture to all the dry joints. Make sure you’re filling in all the gaps between the baseboards and the tile.
After you’re done grouting, give it a final check. Now, moving on to the next step.
Step 4 of 5: Cleaning Off The Excess Grout
For this process, you’re going to have to work quickly. This is because you have to clean the excess grout while it’s still wet. Otherwise, it might leave a stain on your tile. You can also paint the grout lines if you have stains.
However, when cleaning the tile, make sure to not remove any grouts from the gap.
Bring in your white scrub pad and a bucket of water. Wet the pad and gently, remove the excess from the face of the tile. Once your pad is covered, wash it in the water and repeat the process.
After that, take a hydro sponge to clean it thoroughly. If you don’t have a white scrub pad, don’t worry. Because we have recommended some amazing one’s down below:
You can use this to do your final cleaning.
Step 5 of 5: Clean Off Any Remaining Residue
Although you’ve thoroughly wiped the tile, there still might be a little bit of product left. Thus, you need to use a clean white cloth to clean off the wall. If this does not work, you need to use a haze remover.
But first, allow the grout to dry for about 24 hours. After that, you can use the haze remover with your white scrub pad to clean the remaining. Check between the foundation wall and the slab. Make sure those are grouted as well!
Well, with this, you’re basically done. Go through the steps carefully and thoroughly to have yourself a fully grouted place.
Question: Can you use epoxy grout over old regular grout?
Answer: Epoxy grout is a great choice when you are ready to re-grout a space. This is because you don’t have to remove your old grout. You can apply a new layer of grout right on top of it.
Question: Does epoxy grout change color when wet?
Answer: Yes, epoxy grout does change color when they are wet. This is a very common thing. It stays darker when the mixture is wet. But once it has been cured, it turns into a lighter shade.
Question: Does epoxy grout come in colors?
Answer: Yes, epoxy grouts do come in a variety of shades. These are available in gold, bronze, silver, and platinum. Moreover, the gold color in particular can create a unique backsplash look.
Well, this was all for the process of how to use Epoxy grout. We hope this will help you to grout your tiles properly.
If you’re facing any problems with the grouting, call a professional!
We’ll see you soon, take care!