Grouting Decorative Tile
Tile pros Robin Nicholas and Michael Schweit share their method for keeping grout out of embossed areas of decorative tiles.
Glazed decorative or relief tiles with embossed elements are a beautiful addition to any tile job. Unfortunately, those beautiful raised elements tend to hold grout, which can muddy the look of decorative tiles. Keeping grout out of the recesses will save hours of work trying to clean them up later. Here is a method that works for us: After all the grout joints are clean and the tile is dry, tape off the embossed areas with blue masking tape 1. Work your way around each deco tile until the entire face is covered to the edges 2. Be accurate with your taping, since the grout will cling to every uncovered portion of the tile. Now grout the tiles as normal 3. After the final wipe down and polishing, peel the tape off 4 and use your fingertip to touch up any joints that may have been pulled off by the edge of the tape 5. The tile surface remains clean 6.
|TRADE SECRET: Remember to use a damp, not dripping, sponge to wipe down the tiles.|