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How long does it take for Grout to dry?



 
 
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Old May 17th 07, 02:26 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default How long does it take for Grout to dry?

Hi all,

Recently (yesterday) I've had my Bathroom Tilled.

When would it be safe for me to install my Electric Shower and Shower
Screen?

This also applies to my Kitchen.... when can I install the sockets
etc?

Shay

PS: Is it just me or it Google groups really slow today?

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Old May 17th 07, 06:35 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default How long does it take for Grout to dry?

On 17 May, 06:26, Shay wrote:
Hi all,

Recently (yesterday) I've had my Bathroom Tilled.

When would it be safe for me to install my Electric Shower and Shower
Screen?

This also applies to my Kitchen.... when can I install the sockets
etc?

Shay

PS: Is it just me or it Google groups really slow today?



The thinset (used to glue the tiles to the cement board) usually are
OK in a couple days.

The grout (fills the gaps between the tiles) are OK after 3 days or
so. During this time it it recommended that you spray the grout with
a water mist just to keep it damp and retard the cure. Literature
recommends it for better end results.

Also, after the three days it is recommended that you apply a grout
sealer so that it stays clean and lasts longer. If your tiles are
stone seal them as well before installing anything else. That is one
extra day.

I followed the practice, just in case. ;-)


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Old May 21st 07, 09:14 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default How long does it take for Grout to dry?

Shay wrote:
Hi all,

Recently (yesterday) I've had my Bathroom Tilled.

When would it be safe for me to install my Electric Shower and Shower
Screen?

This also applies to my Kitchen.... when can I install the sockets
etc?

Shay

PS: Is it just me or it Google groups really slow today?

I phoned Bols (Grout Manufacturer) when I installed my bathroom tiles,
as the instructions stated that a two week curing process was
recommended. Their technical support confirmed this, recommending that
the grout was not subject to serious wetting in that time (i.e. don't
take a shower without protecting the grout.)

As for fitting sockets etc - I would be happy to do such work after 24
hours from grouting - such activity will not affect the grout curing.

Paul R

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Old May 21st 07, 02:52 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default How long does it take for Grout to dry?

On May 21, 9:14 am, Paul R wrote:
Shay wrote:
Hi all,


Recently (yesterday) I've had my Bathroom Tilled.


When would it be safe for me to install my Electric Shower and Shower
Screen?


This also applies to my Kitchen.... when can I install the sockets
etc?


Shay


PS: Is it just me or it Google groups really slow today?


I phoned Bols (Grout Manufacturer) when I installed my bathroom tiles,
as the instructions stated that a two week curing process was
recommended. Their technical support confirmed this, recommending that
the grout was not subject to serious wetting in that time (i.e. don't
take a shower without protecting the grout.)

As for fitting sockets etc - I would be happy to do such work after 24
hours from grouting - such activity will not affect the grout curing.



sockets in teh kitchen? have you got building control approval? that
could take longer than the grout drying!

Robert




 




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