Get the right mixture almost like pancake batter, make sure your joints are cleaned scraped and dust free. Get a good spread technique going and make sure to scrape it clean. the less you have to sponge off the quicker your wipe down will go and for me the better my joints lookPlease share your grouting tips. I'm looking for ways to get it done quicker. It seems like I have to acid wash every floor I do. Is that common?
When cleaning cementious grout, use as little water as possible; one of the biggest causes of efflorescence. Also, the last workshop I attended, the NTCA recommended waiting 30-40 minutes before the first cleaning. For final cleaning, I've had good luck using microfiber rags instead of sponges.When I'm done grouting, I have haze on the tile and the grout dries unevenly. It looks like some of the minerals have dried on the top make light spots. Efflorescence, I believe is what it's called. I mix it like you said, a littler thicker that batter, thick enough so I don't get air bubbles, then I scrape as much off as I can before I start sponging. If I go over the whole floor again, after the first wipe down, then I can usually get it looking fine. But it takes time and I've found that scrubbing it after it's all done and dry with a mild acid is quicker. I'm just trying to see if anyone has any tips they use to make it even quicker. Grout, one wipedown, done.
Definitely let the grout set longer before cleaning. Use microfiber for final cleaning :thumbup:Thanks for the tips. I think that I am not letting the grout sit long enough. I start cleaning it immediately because I'm paranoid of it drying too much. I've had too many experiences where it dried and I spent way too much time scrubbing to get it off the tile. I wring out my sponge plenty. I want it as dry as I can get it. I think I'll try letting a section sit up for a little longer next time. Now as for urethane, I must have missed that trend somehow. What is urethane grout, why is it better, where do I get it, how do I clean it?
Bostik stuff is made by StarQuartz:Bostick also makes a nice urethane now. I like Quartzlock for the most part, but not too fond of it in showers. I've seen it fail a few times in very wet applications.
I'm moments away from using StarGlass. That's urethane grout specifically designed for use with glass and metal tile. The grout is translucent. Pretty neat stuff. I've used it before and LOVED the outcome.I think Bostick's must be based on Quartzlock 2. Looks like that one is definitely easier to use. My distributors still aren't carrying anything but original Quartzlock for some reason. I'd like to try the glass product as well. I'm about to use Spectralock for the first time myself. Most of my bathroom is done in Quartzlock but the shower will get Spectralock. Antique White matches up perfectly between the two companies. Mapei also make a product just like Spectralock now, called Opticolor. Those are the only two I know of that are all that user friendly.