Regrouting tile produces the best results when the right tools are used for the job. The grout float is one of these tools. A grout float is used to apply grouting material in the joints or gaps between tiles. It resembles a trowel and is designed to smooth surfaces where the grout lines are found. Floats are usually made of plastic or rubber, although there are products that are made from aluminum or hard foam.
There are several types of grout floats that are used for certain jobs. Knowing which one to use will make all the difference in how well the grouting material is applied.
Types of Grout Floats Used in Regrouting Tile
The standard float is applicable for most uses and can be used for ceramic tiles and stone tiles. It is the best tool to use for applying unsanded grout.
The margin float is a narrow trowel that is the best tool to use for applying grouting material in small areas. It is used to force grout in between joints.
Offset Grout Float
An offset grout float is designed to reach small nooks and out-of-the-way areas that are generally difficult for standard floats to reach. The offset float is bent at an angle to allow the lower end portion of the tool to be applied on hard-to-reach surfaces.
This tool is best used for applying material over a large area. Use this tool if you have had some experience in applying grout.
An epoxy float is designed to be used with epoxy grout, which is a resin-based waterproof material that is resistant against bacteria, dirt, abrasion and chemicals. As such, it is difficult to apply and requires a special tool.
The stone float is specifically designed for working with natural stone and other materials with textured surfaces. Unlike other tools, it is least likely to scratch or cut the surface, making it ideal for use with natural tiles.