05-15-2013 11:02 AM
I am tiling a bathroom, and had a question regarding the wait times.
Most of the tiling is done. I have a few edge pieces to finish up tonight. I was hoping to grout the entire floor tonight as well. As only the edges will be laid tonight, and won't be stepped on during the grouting, could I get it all done tonight?
Alternatively, can I grout everything else, and just 'touch up' the grout around the edges that will be laid tonight?
Subfloor is hardibacker, 12" square tiles, sanded grout..... if any of that matters....
05-15-2013 04:43 PM
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
Before you even touch any grout, you'll have to make sure that whatever thin-set mortar or tile adhesive you use is completely dry per the manufacturer's instructions.
If you do not and begin the grouting process, you will most likely shift tiles and ruining what you just installed.
Some tile adhesives and thin-sets require at least a 12 hour drying time. Make sure to read the bag or container your adhesive was in...it will tell you the optimum drying time.
If it is dry, you can most certainly wait to grout some areas of your bathroom, and then wait for other areas. Since grout has less volume, it will dry faster but again...but remember to check the manufacturers drying time as well.
Be sure to clean up any excessive amounts of grout and thin-set to ensure the next time you go back to grout, you won't have to deal with that.
Let us know if this has assisted you, and we hope to hear from you soon,
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