Installing a new tile floor can be a great way to enhance the beauty of your home. It is also a great option if you are remodeling your bathroom or kitchen. However, installing tile can be a long process and can make your home unlivable for a few days. Because you do not want to ruin your grout job, you may want to know how long you must wait before you can enjoy your new flooring.
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Wait Before You Start
Ensure your grout will look its best by allowing the tile sufficient time to dry. When it is not dry, tile adhesive can ooze up into a good grout job and discolor it. You may also encounter tiles that are somewhat loose because they haven’t had time to dry completely. This can ruin a great grout job. Most tile jobs take two to four days before they are completely dried. Waiting now can save you a lot of time later because you won't have to redo the grout job.
Monitor Temperature Conditions
The time your grout takes to dry will vary depending on the temperature conditions. Be sure the grout it is drying evenly. Heating or air conditioning vents can make your floors dry unevenly. When grout dries unevenly it is more likely to take on various shades of color once it is completely dry.
Consider Damp Curing
Most grout jobs will dry within two or three days. However, many homeowners and contractors use a longer drying method to strengthen the grout on their floors. Damp curing happens when a non-staining, craft-type paper is placed to cover the finished floor for three days. Damp curing can also be done by using a damp sponge or mop to wet the grout. After the first 24, dampen the grout with a sponge or mop, and repeat for the next three days. By doing this, you will strengthen your grout. However, this process takes a little longer than typical drying procedures.