Grout Guide - 4 Tips

This guide has been created to act as a quick reference guide and to explain the basics in plain, down-to-earth, non-geeky language!

1. What is Grout and why is it important?

Grout is the cement based material that fills the spaces between the gaps between tiles on the wall and on the floor. Grout is important because it can hinder the beauty of the tiles if not used correctly or looked after properly.

Grout is an important aspect of your tile design. It frames each tile and is therefore a very visible part of the design and overall effect of the tiles.

The grout colour you choose may be dependent on where you are tiling, such as high traffic floors (kitchens or hallways) that may show spillages and dirt. Here is it a good idea to opt for a darker grout colour like gunmetal or anthracite.

Or you can choose the colour of the grout to contrast with the tile colour, highlighting the tile design on the wall or floor. See some customer images below to demonstrate this.

Then the grout colour can also match the tile colour and blend in with the design. It all depends on which style you prefer.

​2. Which DIY tools do I need to grout?

Presuming your tiles are fixed to the wall, you will need:

You basically mix the grout in a bucket, according to the instructions on the bag of grout, use the trowel and grout float to apply grout between the tiles and then sponge off at the end.

​3. Grout Colour Selector

The grout colour is a visible part of the tile design, so should really match your tiles. Also think long term – darker grout colours will help hide staining (from water or spillages etc) whether for the wall or floor. Of course light grouts may look better on your tile design, but may need more work to maintain the look.

​4. Use a grout protector

This invisible spray is easy to use and is essential to help keep your grout and tiles looking lovely. Highly recommended, as well as cleaning products that do not break down the grout protector.

Grout and tile protector

Contact the Tileflair Helpdesk who will happily recommend grout colours and DIY products, plus any other tiling questions.

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