Marble tile creates a sophisticated look on floors, counters and tables. Grouting marble is a fairly simple process and may be easier than grouting some other types of tile, as excess grout can be washed off of marble tiles easily. A grout color that closely matches the tile color will blend and downplay the shape of the tiles. Choosing a grout color that contrasts with the floor tiles will add more emphasis to the edges of the tiles.
Things You'll Need
- Needle-nose pliers
- Vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment
- 1 clean bucket
- 1 bucket of water
- Dust rag
How to Grout Marble Tile
Remove the spacers from between tiles with needle-nose pliers.
Vacuum the tiles with the hose of a vacuum cleaner or shop vac. This will remove any tile adhesive that was dislodged with removal of the tile spacers.
Mix the grout in a clean bucket according to the package directions.
Place some grout on the floor or other tiled surface.
Using a float, spread the grout over a 2- to 3-square-foot area. Hold the float at a 30- to 45-degree angle to prevent it from catching on the edges of the tile.
Hold the float at a 60-degree angle and run it back over the area to remove the excess grout from tile surface.
Repeat this process until the entire floor is grouted.
Allow the grout to dry for about 15 minutes, then wash the excess grout from the tiles with a damp sponge. Using a circular motion will help loosen any grout that is drying on the tile.
Let the grout sit overnight. When the grout is dry, polish the marble tile with a clean, dry dust rag.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are grouting a floor adjacent to carpet or hardwood flooring, it is a good idea to use masking tape to cover the carpet or the flooring.
- When vacuuming tile prior to grouting, make sure to use the hose on the vacuum cleaner. Do not run the entire vacuum cleaner over the ungrouted tile.
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