HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Grouting Tile Quiz
by Staff
Of all the home improvement project you can take on, few will give you as much satisfaction as retiling a room. Within a few days you can completely change the façade of the room, and the project need not be difficult or expensive. Are you interested in retiling a bathroom -- or perhaps even your kitchen? Take our quiz to learn more about how to grout tile.

Before starting a tiling project you must make sure to do which of these?

  • Collect the right materials.
  • Get a building permit.
  • Ask a friend for help.

To protect yourself from absorbing chemicals, you should always wear which of these when working with grout?

  • goggles
  • rubber gloves
  • kneepads

Which of these household items can you use to apply small amounts of grout?

  • a butter knife
  • a toothbrush
  • a wire hanger

Which of these kitchen improvement projects can prove to be a great investment?

  • a new floor
  • a new sink
  • a backsplash

How do you ensure that the tiles you use aren’t grouped in an ugly way?

  • Buy only one type of tile.
  • Alternate boxes as you go.
  • Paint all of the tiles before you use them.

What should you do with your extra tiles?

  • Throw them away.
  • Sell them back to the manufacturer.
  • Save them for repairs.

The consistency of properly mixed grout should be similar to which of these condiments?

  • peanut butter
  • hot sauce
  • mustard

To improve its durability, you should mix grout with which of these?

  • water
  • latex
  • peanut butter

Which of these tools should you use to both scoop and apply grout?

  • a toothbrush
  • a foam rubber float
  • a caulking gun

At what angle should you keep the float while applying grout?

  • 45 degrees
  • 90 degrees
  • 180 degrees

For how long should you let grout set before cleaning off the excess?

  • 15 to 20 minutes
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • 24 hours

What should you use to clean excess grout from the surface of the tiles?

  • a razor
  • a damp cloth
  • a Brillo pad

After cleaning off the excess, you should allow how much time for the grout to dry?

  • 15 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 90 minutes

You will have to mist the grout regularly for the next three days to ensure which of these?

  • You want to prevent the grout from cracking.
  • You want to prevent the tiles from drying out.
  • You want to protect the tiles from overheating.

The smallest gap for which you can use sanded grout is what size?

  • 3/16 of a millimeter
  • 3/16 of a centimeter
  • 3/16 of an inch

About how much time does it take for the mortar of a new floor to set?

  • two or three hours
  • two or three days
  • two or three weeks

Prepare only as much grout as you can use in what amount of time?

  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 90 minuets

What should you do if the grout you've been using has become too stiff?

  • Add water to soften it.
  • Soften it by heating it up.
  • Throw it away.

Epoxy tile grout is capable of lasting how long?

  • about a year
  • ten years or so
  • forever

When using marble tiles you should use which of these grouts?

  • acrylic latex grout
  • sanded epoxy grout
  • elastomer