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Cie2059

08:09PM | 01/14/07
Member Since: 12/25/06
8 lifetime posts
I have read mutilpe sites and mutilpe things. What I am most concerned about is do you grout around the outside wall, cabinets etc. or do you put some type of caulking around the outside walls and cabinets. We have a 1/4 inch space to grout. I believe I should use a sanded grout right? Should I add any mixtures to the grout in the kitchen and laundry area to avoid any bacteria growth etc?

fugazi48

06:28AM | 01/15/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Some grouts have Bioblock already in them to prevent bacteria.

I would leave a 1/4 gap between the floor and the wall, so don't grout right up to the drywall. I did that in a little area of my bath and it has cracked there, not a big deal since I am covering it with trim. Caulk would have been a better choice for that gap for me.

read your bag of grout for instructions.

flooringworldDOTorg

08:08PM | 01/15/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
all corners and places where the tile meets other materials you will want to use a colored caulk to match the grout.

Most grout manufacturers make colored caulks to match their grout ... start there.

http://flooringworld.org/floorsearch.php?query=colored+caulk+grout

grout joint size determines grout type ... sanded grout should be use for 1/8" joints and wider ... anything narrower than 1/8" use unsanded grout.

seal your grout joints to prevent anything seeping into them to start bacterial and microbial growth, such as Aqua Mix Grout Sealer ... http://flooringworld.org/floorsearch.php?query=aqua+mix+grout+sealer

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