August 22, 2009
Be sure to wait one day before you grout the tile. This time allows the mastic or thinset to harden. Some backsplash tile requires you to create the spacing between tile. You can buy plastic spacers that create uniform gaps, but coins can do the same thing. If you put too much adhesive on the wall, the mastic or thinset might ooze in between the tiles. If this happens, it's imperative you remove the adhesive from the joint immediately. If you don't get the adhesive out of the joint, the grout won't be able to penetrate between the tiles.
February 20, 2010 |
DEAR TIM: I've tried cleaning the tile grout on the floors of my home, with little success. The grout just doesn't come clean. The tiles themselves don't look like they used to, even though I'm using those newer pad-cleaner contraptions. What do you recommend? -- Judith P., Forest Park, Ill. DEAR JUDITH: When I built our previous home, my wife selected a pure-white tile for our kitchen along with a light gray grout. I warned her that the grout would turn black, but my pleas were ignored.
December 6, 2008 |
Q: DEAR TIM: The grout in one joint of my floor tile has come out. Do you know why this happened? I can see that the previous homeowner repaired it. What's the best way to work with floor grout in this situation? What type of grout do I install, and how do I match the color perfectly? -- Valerie P., Tampa A: DEAR VALERIE: Floor grout can fail for a host of reasons. Some of them have nothing to do with the original installation, and others have everything to do with the installer or bad grout.
July 14, 2011 |
Dear Heloise: What can I do to make the grout on my bathroom floor look clean? Most of it looks gray, and I have not found a cleaner that will restore it. -- Julia O'Connor, North Little Rock, Ark. If the grout has been discolored for a long time or is just plain old, it may be harder to clean, and even bleach may not help, but here's what to try: Mix 1 cup of household bleach with a gallon of water. Apply to grout and let it sit for 20 minutes. Use an old toothbrush (powered would work especially well)
February 18, 2010 |
Q: I live in a home built around 1953. The two bathrooms have small tiles on the floor, and the grout is very dirty. I would like to know what I can use to clean the grout and then keep the floors clean. Replacing the floors would be very expensive, and our contractor said you should not put ceramic tile on top of this floor because it would raise the level. Any suggestions? North Chevy Chase A: Try scrubbing the floors with an alkaline cleaner, such as Simple Green, Spic and Span or Mr. Clean.
May 10, 2008 |
Q: DEAR TIM: Can you instruct me on how to paint ceramic tile? Money is tight now, and painting the tile is the only thing I can afford. Can you paint old ceramic tile so it won't peel? Is there a special ceramic tile paint? What is an easy way to paint ceramic floor tile, and should I paint the grout? -- Leslie S., Belleville, Ill. A: DEAR LESLIE: You can really transform the look and feel of a room by painting ceramic tile. If you have painted walls and flooring, you can do this job. Any ceramic tile can be...