How to do grout?
If you have never installed tile and grout before, it is pretty easy to learn how to do grout. The first thing you need to do is to look at the width of your grout lines. If it is going to be less than 1/8 of an inch, you want to use non-sanded grout. If the width is more than 1/8 of an inch then you want to use sanded grout. Make sure that you put all of your grout tiles in place first.
Use spacers to make sure that there's an equal distance between all of the tiles. Then, you want to mix your grout paste and use a float to make sure you fill in all of the grout lines. the grout mixture should look like wet sand if you're using sanded grout, or it should look like thick cake batter if you are using non-sanded grout. Grout tends to hold better if it has just the right amount of water. It has too much water or too little it doesn't bond properly. After you are done filling in the grout lines, take a large damp sponge and wiped the tiles clean. That is it, you are done!
Will using both sanded and unsanded grout on your back splash look okay if you have both 1-16 in and 1-2 in gaps to grout?
You should only use a mild soap and water solution for cleaning grout on floor tile. If it was properly sealed this should work fine. If it was not sealed and the dirt has worked its way down into the grout, you can either use a grout renew which is sort of like a paint for grout, or you will have to have the grout replaced.
You need a float brush and grout. You want to make sure you have the right kind of grout. For example, you might want a sanded grout for larger grout spaces. Apply the grout with the float at a 45 degree angle, wiping as much off as you go. After it sets, use a sponge to wipe the haze from the tiles.
The obvious answer is sanded grout has sand. But the in depth answer has many differences. Sanded grout which is the most common, can be used in a grout joint from 1/8" to 1/2" (and larger but check the grout). Sanded grout scratches many tile like glass. Non sanded grout can only be used on joints 1/8" or less. Non sanded grout is typically seen on marble and granite tile, many wall tile, and all…
After you have tiled, normally you will add the bonding liquid or sealant to the grout mixture. however there are liquids on the market that you can spray onto the tiles to seal the grout, however this is a temporary and not a recommended idea. It is better to scrap all the old grout out and re-grout with the proper mixture
Most often, sanded grout is used for floor tiles because the grout lines are usually greater than 1/8" wide. Sanded grout is necessary for the wider lines to give added strength, and to keep your grout from cracking and chipping out. Unsanded grout must be used if your grout lines are narrower than 1/8", because the grains of sand in sanded grout could cause air pockets and prevent good adhesion to your tiles - and…