A small grouting job in the bathroom

Sunday, work continued on the fixer-upper house that we live in, and plan to sell (for more info on this investing strategy, see “How to Turn Your Home into a Rental Property, Instead of Selling It!” coming in Sept. 2012.) There was a little grouting left to do in one of the
bathrooms, around the tiles that made a baseboard-type border abound the bathroom floor.

Here are the tools I used – small bucket, white grout, a trowel, and a small “mud” (or joint compound) spatula (not pictured)

I mixed up a small amount of grout. Add water to the powder until you have grout the consistency of peanut butter.

When I mix grout, I wear a mask or kerchief to cover my mouth and nose. The grout mix contains cement, so if you breath in the powder it can scar your lungs.

I apply the grout with the small spatula.

Afterwards, I clean up tools with water.

After the grout has cured for three days, I apply grout sealer.

There are two pretty good books on floors and tiling published by Home Depot, “Tiling 1-2-3” and “Flooring 1-2-3“. I recommend “Flooring 1-2-3”, if you just want to buy one book. It cover tiles about as well as the other book, and also addresses how toinstall several other types of flooring. I used it as a guide to install both laminate flooring, and vinyl flooring.

As always, to make money in the fixer-upper business its best to do everything yourself. You learn by doing. Start small but work up to bigger projects.

Our first tiling project was in a small bathroom, a good place to learn the process. But since then, my wife and I have worked our way up to doing large bedrooms. We feel comfortable tackling any tiling project now.

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2 Responses to “A small grouting job in the bathroom”

  1. I was trying to seal grout in my bathroom. But it didn’t go well for me. Can you please share a detailed guide for sealing grout in the bathroom? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Terry says:

      Home Depot has a variety of grout sealer choices. For a small job like the shower, I would suggest just getting a small squeeze bottle of the sealer.

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