How to Grout Marble Tile


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
  • Grout
  • 1 clean bucket
  • 1 bucket of water
  • Float
  • Sponge
  • 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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