Grout is now almost always used to fill in the spaces between tiles, and cement tiles are no exception. However, grouting is a relatively new process, and in historical sites, you can find cement tile simply set into a bed of sand which was dampened with water before insertion.
Grouting cement tiles is not hard, but there are several things that you should consider before you start to lay your cement tiles.
What width of the joint should I leave?
The joint width should not be greater than 1/16”. A larger width of the joint can cause the grout to interrupt and distract from the patterns of the tiles.
What kind of grout do I need?
A non-sanded grout is indicated for a joint of 1/16”. A sanded grout would be difficult to insert into a joint of this width.
Should I use a grout release?
It is a good idea to use a grout release to ensure that no staining and filming of your tiles occurs and to make clean-up faster and easier. Although your cement tiles are delivered sealed and finished, this water-soluble removable surface coating protects your tiles, particularly if you are grouting with a strong colour. If your cement tiles are of one solid colour and you are grouting with the same colour you will not need to use a grout release.
What colour grout should I use?
The choice of grout colour depends on the effect you want to create. Most people choose a grout colour which matches the background colour of their cement tiles. In this way, the joints mould into the overall pattern and go unnoticed. A natural grey-coloured grout is a good choice to blend in with most colours. Alternatively, some people like to match the lightest colour that is in the pattern on their cement tiles. As grouts as made from cement, as are your tiles, it is quite easy to match up the colours.
Deep and contrasting colours are not recommended as they can detract from the beauty of the design of your tiles. Additionally, very strong grout colours could cause staining onto your cement tiles. “Permacolour” grouts are also not recommended.
Do I need to seal my tiles after grouting?
Once your cement tiles are installed, grouted, and cleaned you should seal them again. This will ensure that they will repel stains and water and keep looking great for many years to come.
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