When you’ve found the perfect bathroom tiles, you’ll want them to look their best for many years. One way of updating your tiles over time is to apply a fresh layer of grout. 
For many, grouting tiles is a bathroom task that they perform annually. This is especially so if your bathroom is a busy one. Grouting yearly is highly recommended in and around the shower area. 
Here, The Bathroom Showroom offers a simple guide to grouting your bathroom tiles. This will help them retain that showroom look for longer.
What Is Grouting and Why Is It So Important for Bathroom Tiles?
With two types of grout available, you can select powdered or ready mixed. Grouting is a material that combines sand, cement, and water. The effect produced is a dense fluid. 
Grout is used in cracks or cavities as a water-resistant solution. Its purpose is to fill gaps, repair cracks, and seal joints. 
Yet, it’s worth noting that tile grout is not waterproof. So if you’re tiling the shower area, you’ll need to finish off with a grout sealer. 
But some people also find that grouting is a decorative finish. This is because there's a fabulous selection of coloured grout available!
So, you don't have to stick to that standard white grout. Instead, you can mix and match it to enhance or complement your bathroom tiles.
What You’ll Need for This Task:
Grouting Bathroom Wall Tiles - Step By Step
  • Make sure the area you intend to grout is clean and clear before you start. Remove any excess adhesive or debris.
  • Place a small amount of your chosen grout onto your tiles using your grout spreader. 
  • Using upward and diagonal strokes, spread the grout by moving it around and into the gaps. Do this swiftly but effectively as your grout will start to harden when exposed to the air. 
  • For larger areas use your grout float to increase the coverage.
  • Remove any excess grout as you go along.
  • Continue with this method until you have filled in all the joints in your tiled section. 
  • Using a damp sponge, wipe over your tiles gently. This will work to remove any excess grout before it has time to harden.
  • For areas that you've missed or removed when wiping the tiles, don't worry. Simply press a layer back in with your grout spreader or fingers. 
  • Give the grout a few minutes to begin to harden.
  • Then, take your grout finishing tool and pull it over the joints of your tiles. Using an even, continuous movement will add a neat finishing touch.
  • When your grout has been left to dry, you’ll notice a powdery film forming over your tiles. This can be removed easily by polishing the area with a soft clean cloth.
  • When grouting the tiles in the shower area, you’ll need to add a grout sealer. Ideally, wait for 48 to 72 hours before applying this over the area. This will allow the grout to dry out completely and cure.
Grouting Tips To Help You Ensure A Fabulous Finish
Finally, there are several tips worth bearing in mind to ensure a superb grouting finish, including:
  1. If you’re using old ready-mixed grout, make sure it’s not out of date.
  2. When using powdered grout, aim to mix as much as you need for around 30 minutes usage. After this time, the grout will begin to dry, making it difficult to use. 
  3. Try to select a grouting sponge or a heavy-duty multi-purpose sponge. 
  4. Ensure the sponge used to wipe over your tiles is damp but not soaking wet.
If you’re considering new tiles, take a look through our jam-packed tiles brochure and book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all things bathrooms, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.