Grouting Between Tile and Baseboard: A Complete Guide

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Imagine the water from your bathroom seeping through your baseboard. Then, the water comes into contact with the wall and eventually damages it later on. I’m pretty sure we can all imagine how dreadful it would be, right?

In such cases, grouting would provide proper protection. So, how do you grout between tile and baseboard?

Firstly, you need to prepare your grout mixture. After the mixture is dried, you can start applying it between the tile and baseboard. Then, scrub out the excess grout. Next, you need to clean the area. Smoothen the grout afterward. Finally, let the grout dry completely.

Pretty simple, isn’t it? But still, we’re explaining these 6 steps in detail below. So, read on to know more!

How to Grout Between Tile and Baseboard?

If you want to fill the gap between tiles and wall, grouting is perfect! Its adhesive property is ideal for filling spaces. Furthermore, grout keeps tiles from shifting by filling in their gaps. It also protects tile edges from getting chipped due to their gaps. 

So, as you now know, grouting can be very advantageous for you. Before we begin, here are the tools that we need for our grouting project-

  • Grout
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Grouting Float/ Trowel
  • Squeegee
  • Moist Sponge
  • Dry Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Microfiber towel

So, without further delay, let’s begin! Here are the 6 steps you need to follow for the whole process-

Step 1 of 6: Preparing the Grout Mixture

When you buy grout, you’ll find it comes in a powdered form. So, you’ll need to mix it with water. It’ll then act as an adhesive. And after the grout dries, it’ll be ready for use! 

So, how do you create a grout mixture? First, take a mixing bucket for preparing the grout. Choose the size of your bucket according to how much grout you need. Then, pour out the grout first. 

Once you’re done, quickly take the bucket in your hands. Start twisting it in slow-motion as if you’re preparing cement. Observe carefully if all your grout has absorbed the water or not. If the consistency of the mixture looks even, then the grout has absorbed all the water.

After this is done, wait for the grout to pre-harden. Start using it after 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 2 of 6: Applying the Grout

Now comes the most crucial step! So get ready and grab your grouting float tool! Don’t have any? It’s fine! You can easily use a trowel as a substitute!

Load your trowel or the grouting float with grout from the bucket. Make sure you load it from the bottom of your bucket. Because this is where the grout is the hardest. And it’s best to pick the grout where it’s hardest. That’s because you’ll get the driest grout from there.

You need to load the trowel carefully to avoid spilling the grout on the floor. Now, start applying the grout carefully between the tile and baseboard. First, apply it on the bottom edge of the tile and then the top edge. Try to spread the grout as evenly as possible.

It’s alright. Relax and do it slowly. Applying grout is not as difficult as caulking between tiles. So you’ll do just fine!

Okay, now you’re done pouring the grout. Next, give the applied grout a push with your grouting float tool. This will allow the grout to reach the deeper ends of your tile and baseboard. 

Step 3 of 6: Scrubbing Excess Grout 

You’re halfway there! Now, grab your squeegee tool. Because you’re bound to spill at least some grout while applying it. So you now have to scrub out the remnants of the spilled grout.

However, your squeegee must be completely dry and clean before you start doing this. Because otherwise, dirt and moisture might enter the grout you’ve just applied. That’ll create a big mess!

Remember to clean the area carefully and not scrub too hard. After all, your grout has not completely dried yet. You need to keep in mind that cleaning is not your priority yet. It’s to scrub out the excess grout.

Step 4 of 6: Cleaning the Area

Alright, now you’re done scrubbing out the excess grout. So let’s move to the next step. Take a moist sponge. It should not be dripping wet. Nor should it be completely dry.

Scrub the surface very delicately using the sponge. Your main goal here is to clean the surfaces. Hence, avoid damaging the grout you applied between the tile and baseboard.

Don’t push the sponge on the surface too hard. And we would personally recommend a diagonal movement of cleaning. Because this will ensure a clean surface. 

Step 5 of 6: Smoothening the Grout

You’re almost done! After you’re done with cleaning, take another sponge. This sponge should be dry. Now, place your index finger on the edge of the sponge while holding it.

In this way, firmly move the sponge along the edge of your tile and baseboard. This will allow the grout to smoothen. After waiting some time to dry, grab a microfiber towel and wipe the surfaces. 

Wipe the area several times with the microfiber towel. However, it shouldn’t come in contact with the grout in between the tile and baseboard. 

Step 6 of 6: Drying the Area

There, you’re done with all the hard work! So, after you’ve wiped the area carefully, it has been de-hazed. This means that your surface is clear and no longer hazy. 

Now, wait for around 24 hours for the grout to dry and that’s it!

Should You Use Grout or Caulk?

Grouts have certain advantages over caulks. The main ones are discussed below-

Grout Doesn’t Shrink

After the grout fully dries, it forms a solid rigid structure. As a result, the grout has no tendency of shrinking later on. 

On the other hand, because of caulk’s elastic properties, it often shrinks even after drying. So, it needs to be replaced later on.

Grout is Easier to Apply

Even though grout often creates a mess, it’s easier to work with than caulk. When applying caulk, you’d need delicacy and experience. 

After all, you just need to load the caulk into a caulking gun.  And pull its trigger afterward. Then, it’s difficult to have the caulk move smoothly along the edges of tiles. That’s why it’s often done by professionals. 

Grout is Suitable for Wet Areas

The properties of grout make it bind to concrete walls well. So, the structure remains strong. And they’re free from molds and damage caused by water.

Among caulks, only silicone caulks are used between tiles of wet areas. But they have the tendency to peel away later so it’s not suitable for use.

So, based on these characteristics of grout, you can say that it has more advantages. 

FAQs

Question: Can you grout between tile and trim?
Answer: Yes. Grouting helps with edges. So it’s suitable for applying between tiles and trim.

Question: How long should you leave grout before wiping?
Answer: It’s best to leave 15-30 minutes before wiping the area. This will allow the grout to harden considerably before moving on to the next step. 

Question: How much gap is ideal for filling with grout?
Answer: A gap of around ¼” is suitable for filling it with grout. Grouting can be done the most easily that way.

Conclusion

That’s it from us. These are the steps on how to grout between tile and baseboard.

Overall, just remember to focus on preparing the grout mixture at first. Then apply it. Next, scrub the excess grout and clean the area. Finally, after smoothening the grout, wait for it to dry.

Happy grouting!

Richard Allen