Over time, fats, oils and food products splash from a kitchen countertop, hitting the wall behind the stove. Without a backsplash to protect the walls from flying foods, unattractive spots add up. Cement tile backsplash does more than simply protect your walls from stains. It adds beauty to your kitchen and value to your home. After mounting the tiles on the wall, you should grout them. The tile grout insures it in place and prevents moisture from weakening your new board.
Mix the grout powder with water, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If the grout powder lacks instructions, mix it with enough water to make a thick paste. Pick up a small amount of grout with your rubber trowel. Run the grout on the cement tile backsplash, which holds the float at an angle slightly upwards. This ensures that the grout adequately fills the joints between tiles.
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Return the float to the initial position. Move it back through the tiles at a steeper angle, almost 90 degrees. This removes excess grout from the surface of the tiles. Let the grout stand until it reaches a hardened, rubbery consistency. This can take from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of cement tile backsplash grout used and the space between the joints of the tiles.