Glass Tile / January 10, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
The reason so much more grout is removed than when grouting conventional tile is because light refracts better through the glass tile when the sides of the tiles are exposed to the light. Work 3x3 spaces for about ½ hour or until the grout begins to dry then sponge off the grout. Bring several buckets of clean water and a sponge to the work area before you begin. Soak up some water into the sponge and gently wipe away the excess grout that is adhered to the tile. Smooth the grout lines with the sponge using one continuous swipe. Flip the sponge over and swipe more grout from the tiles until it becomes full of grout. Rinse the sponge in a clean bucket of water and repeat.
Clean water is the key to finishing the job quickly and thoroughly. Once the tiles have been cleaned check for any voids or pits and fill them in as needed. Use the sponge and clean water to wipe away any remaining grout. Allow to dry for a few hours and then use a dry cheese cloth to clean the remaining grout residue. After the glass tile has dried for 48 hours its ready for use! Glass tile is not only beautiful to look at its also quite versatile. The Romans were known to use mosaic tiles all over their empire to create a feeling of home and to add religious pictorial and decorative significance to rooms of their homes. So if youd like to do as the Romans did get yourself some tiles.
I am amazed at the number of tile contractors who claim to be experts in glass tile installations yet cannot even tell the right direction the tile should be installed! Some contractors will not admit they are unskilled and untrained at this specialty and install the tile upside down because they have never worked with "paper faced material". They later call to complain that tiles are falling out and have glass imperfections. So the first rule is to ensure the person who is installing your glass tile has attended a glass tile setting seminar such as those offered by Bisazza or Oceanside Glasstile or otherwise demonstrated glass tile installation competency.