I have a 2 year-old grout spreader that I had used only once.
It has one problem even when it was new. When I used it to
spread grout, some particules of the black rubber material
will come off and got mixed into the grout. What does this
Does this mean that the grout spreader is no good any more?
Does this mean that I had pressed down the grout spreader too
Should I start using dark color grout just to blend in?
Thanks for any information.
Before I would use a tool that would ruin my project that close to
completion - I would chunk it and get a new one. Changing grouts colors
seems a bit extreme because of a sponge that sheds - regardless of the
cause. I would also remove the grout that was embedded and re-use the same
color I had intended on using prior to the mishap.
I see. This means the grout spreader was no good when I bought it.
Unfortunately, I cannot return it because it was two years old.
OK, I will get a new one. This time I will get a higher priced model
instead of getting the least expensive one. I bought the least
expensive one because I thought I would only need to use it once.
I don't know who sold you what, but no grout trowel I've ever seen could
Wood handle. Metal back plate. Dense black rubber, Tan soft gum
rubber layer that contacts the grout.
See what one looks like:
I have checked grout trowels in a home center. And I find that the
lower priced models all have that black sponge material that has many
tiny voids (around $4 to $5 range). The slightly more expensive models
have solid rubber material that don't have any void that I can see.
The one I have at home is one of the lowest price model. I guess I
thought I only need to use it once; therefore, I chose the low-end
model. Unfortunately, it didn't do good even the first time I used it.
I will get a new one that have solid rubber.
This discussion reminds me: I have a really nice bathroom floor with
gray sexagonal tiles about 2" wide that dates from the 1940s or 1950s.
It's in great shape, but the grout is failing, and I know that because
when the cone washer failed in the toilet, all the water from the tank
went on the floor and immediately through the grout to leak down the
pantry ceiling below. I'd like to regrout this floor myself instead
of paying $200 to have a highly respected professional do it (he
already did the shower in that bathroom, perfectly). Is this a
reasonable project for someone who's pretty handy but has never before
done a grout job? Where can I find good instructions? And yes, I did
dismantle the vintage toilet and replace the cone washer along with
the flush valve ball so it no longer leaks and still works perfectly.
Tight joint I'd imagine. 'Tedious' day's work is an understatement.
You'd need to scratch out at least some of the grout prior to
re-grouting to make room for the new. .
For 2 bills I'd consider the pro. Sounds as if you're pleased with him.
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