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Old 02-24-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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Tile grout... sanded or unsanded


Went to pick up some grout today, and I noticed they sell both sanded and unsanded versions.
What is the difference?
Im using 13" tiles, with 3/8" spacers and they will be in wet areas (shower, and counter top). Is there a perfered grout for this application?

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Sanded is stronger. It's usually used for floors the most. It gives better slip resistance and has more structural strength in larger joints. Unsanded gets into smaller joints better and leaves a smoother finish. Any joint over 3/16 I would use sanded.

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Read the label---unsanded is for gaps 1/8 or smaller---sanded is for larger gaps--You need sanded for this job.
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Yeah, i read the boxes, unsanded said good for 1/8 to 1/2 inch grout lines, sanded said for 1/8 to 1/2 inch plus grout lines. Since I fell in the less than 1/2" range, I was wondering if there was a difference for my use
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You didn't specify what you are tiling but as mentioned before, sanded grout is stronger. Also, non-sanded is more like a gel, so if you choose to use this do smaller areas at a time. Unsanded grout is very difficult to clean if you let it set too long.
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Its a benchtop for a bathroom counter, and the shower.
I assume, irregardless of type of grout used, that it should be sealed once cured.

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