Learn How to Install Tile Grout and Do It Yourself

This is a guest post by Spencer at GroutcleaningDIY.com

installing tileThe first rental property I owned was located in Kent, Washington. It was built in 1956, and it didn’t look a day younger. I really liked this condo because it taught me a lot about how to do repairs and because I made a little bit of money when I sold it. I was really excited though because I got such a good deal on it, (about $47,000) and it was cash flowing right away. We eventually found some good tenants and were able to make money from renting it out. Then, we got a call from the tenant saying they had accidentally slipped in the shower and knocked out some of the wall and the tile next to the bathtub. This was the first experience that my wife and I had with repairing tile. I was a little bit scared at first because I thought it was going to be difficult. I had never installed tile and grout before.

How To Remove the Damaged Tile And Replace the Drywall

The first step was to remove all of the damaged tile. When we removed the tile, we found out the reason why the wall broke, which was because it had been damaged by water. We decided to replace half of the wall with water resistant drywall. After replacing the wall, the next step was to reinstall some new tiles and re-grout. Fortunately, we found that we could still buy the same tile that was used previously. (If you can’t find the same tile, you may have to replace it all, or replace extra tile, to make it look like you did it on purpose.)

Installing the Tile and Grout

I really didn’t have much idea on how to do this, so I decided to find the most competent person I could at Lowe’s and asked them about it. They suggested that I use tile spacers to help hold the tiles in place. Also they taught us how to mix the grout paste and apply the grout paste on the grout lines. Since we had small grout lines that were less than one eighth of an inch, we decided to go with the non-sanded grout mixture.

grouting tileWhen you’re using a grout mixture, you only want to mix up as much grout component as you plan on using in the next 30 to 45 minutes. You need to make sure that it is smooth and thick. Your grout mixture should have the same thickness as thick cake batter. If you have too much water or not enough, you won’t have your grout be very strong. Grout, also known as Portland cement, is an unstable compound. When you mix it with water, it becomes stable. You want to use a float to help spread the grouting mixture and make sure that you get enough of it between the tiles to hold them together. Then you want to take a large, damp sponge, and wipe up all of the residue off of the tiles themselves. The finished product is that your grout lines will look new again. After we had all of our tiles in place, we patted the grout compound to all of the grout lines. The compound helped to hold the grout in place. We told the tenants to wait 48 hours for the grout to dry before using the shower again.

How Much Does It Cost to Do It Yourself

We ended up replacing about 10 ft.² of tile. The total cost for us to do it was less than $80. This included the cost of replacing the drywall as well. The cost of hiring a professional to come out and do the same work for us would have been around $400. We saved a lot of money by doing the repair work ourselves, and it was exciting because we also learned how to do it properly. The amount of time that it took to finish this project from start to completion was about six hours.

About the Author:

Spencer has been working as a handyman cleaning tile and grout for five years. He can definitely teach you a lot about how to clean grout. Spencer is the owner of groutcleaningdiy.com, a website that is specifically focused on teaching people how to clean grout and remove grout stains. We also provide tips on how to repair tile and general home cleaning tips as well.

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4 Responses to 'Learn How to Install Tile Grout and Do It Yourself'

  1. This is good to know! D just did a crap ton of grouting at the new house, so I’ve got lots of it to keep clean now. 🙂
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