|rubbing in the grout with the heel of my hand|
|wiping away the excess grout|
I'm finally finishing the hexagonal table. This morning (it's not so hot, now) I took the table outside--I knew I was going to make a mess getting grout into the edge tiles, and I wanted to be sure I could get the table through the door.....--and I mixed up the grout with the acrylic admix, then spread it across the table, pushing the grout into the interstices between the tiles with the heel of my hand. I wouldn't normally do this outside, since the grout would dry too fast, so I had to work quickly. After the entire table was 'grouted', I dampened an old sponge and began to wipe off the excess grout. It took several passes, squeezing the sponge out as much as possible each time. I didn't want to flood the table with water. After most of the grout was wiped off with the sponge, I then used an old rag to wipe and polish the surface. Finally, when the grout had dried enough not to be wiped out, I scrubbed the surface of the tiles with a green scrubbie. After the grout has completely dried, I'll seal it with a grout sealant. The sealant is brushed onto the grout, and after a few minutes, is wiped off of the tiles.
|scrubbing off the film of grout, then sealing the grout|