Grout - no, not a haze question (mayb tomorrow)


Several years ago I tiled bathroom floor and I recall one of the steps was to keep the grout moist for several days by using a spray bottle and lightly misting the joints. I'm no pro so someone must have told me it was a necessary step.
Well, I'm doing some more tiling and I don't see this as a step in any of the online guides I have read, no one in Lowes knew what I was talking about and even talking to my sister who has the pros do her tiling said they don't do this step.
So, what is the answer? Do I need to mist the grout or not?
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I've been told (and have done) that misting for 3 days-2/3 times a day helps to slow cure the grout and prevent cracking at a later date. I've also heard that if you are using a colored grout that it is not a good idea because the color will bleed and be inconsistant.
But that was also several years ago...
Mark

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Kram wrote:

Rumor has it that if you use distilled water the color won't be affected because there are no minerals in the water.
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Leo writes:

Grout, like concrete, is based on portland cement, which cures much harder if it is kept wet for several days. But a lot of grout products these days contain polymer additives that let you dry cure, which is why you may not see instructions to keep it misted any more.
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Leo wrote:

Our tile contractor told us to do that for ? three days, I believe. We did. I guess it is to help the grout cure. They did a great job, so I was anxious to do exactly as directed but can't recall for sure how long it was.
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Read the bag of grout,. All portland cement products cure over an extended period of time- months, if you want the strongest grout moisten it a few times . Leo wrote:

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snipped-for-privacy@localnet.com wrote:

Whilst true of straight Portland grout, almost all grout is modified grout in this day and age. The latex/polymer additives add greatly to the strength, bond strength and flexibility of the grout. Keeping the grout wet while curing is important if it is an unmodified grout as the grout will shrink and crack if it dries out too quickly. This is far less of a concern with modified grouts.
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