Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How To Tile A Herringbone Floor | Part II

If you missed part I you can find it here.
Once you've let it dry for 24-48 hours its time to pull your spacers out. Pull out all the spacers and start cleaning up all the thinset between the grout lines. We found what works well is using a standard screwdriver and a wet rag to make sure you don't have any thinset that's going to poke through your grout. If you do have any left and don't get it all you will see it through your grout! This part I think is the biggest pain but it's well worth it if done right. Just make sure to use light pressure as you do not want to chip the tile.

Now grab your putty knife and slap on the grout in the grout lines. You can press a little but not hard enough you will scrape your tile.

Next take your rubber float and press the grout down firmly. If you have any spots that aren't all the way filled just add a little more grout and go over it again.

Then grab a sponge and dip it in a bucket of clean water. Ring out most of the water and run along the top of the grout. You'll want to do this step about three times or more until you have any excess grout cleaned up on the tile.

 Now there is a lot of different times out there on how long to wait before sealing grout. I've heard anything from 24 hrs to a week. We usually stick with about 72 hours but just go off of what the manufacture says on your bag of thin set and the sealant you're using. (Mine says wait at least 48 hours) When you apply the sealant apply it to the grout only. If you get it on the tile you will have a hard time getting it off and it can stain your tile.

Whew! That was a long post! I hope I answered all your questions let me know if you need any further explanations.
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  1. It turned out simply gorgeous! Xoxo

  2. I am so blown away by this floor. I want to do this BAD! Seriously great job on this whole project!

  3. Would you mind sharing the type of tile, or manufacturer/color of the tile you used in this project? It is really beautiful!

  4. The tile was found at Home Depot. The brand is Daltile the size of the tile was 10" x 14" I had them cut them in half so they were 5" x 14". It's a ceramic tile made to look like carrara marble. Super durable and easy to work with.

  5. Beautiful floor, but I am more interested in the actual process. Did you start in the middle of the room and how did you mark out your straight lines? Did you lay the lines down at an actual 45 degrees or did you do another angle to begin with? Thanks.