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How To Caulk Tile

Don't forget your caulk! The finishing touches on your new floor. Caulk helps makes sure that no water seeps through the sides of the floor and damages your tile.

Quick Tip

Caulk will appear much lighter than the grout until it dries completely. Don’t panic! Simply focus on creating clean, straight joints to achieve your vision.

Once the grout has cured, you can finally address those movement joints--the spaces between your tile and adjacent walls.

We recommend the use of TEC® Skill Set Unsanded Caulk, but to ensure matching, it’s best to use a caulk from the same manufacturer and same color as your grout. 

Your movement joints must be complA diagram showcasing how to caulk a floor.etely dry before beginning to caulk. Otherwise, the caulking will not stick. Using a caulking gun, squeeze a thin bead of tub-and-tile caulk, the same color as the grout, into your movement joints. Aim to install enough caulking to completely fill the joint without over-filling and making a mess. When the joint has been filled, smooth it with a wet finger or putty knife. Wipe away excess caulk from floor.

TEC® Skill Set Unsanded Caulk and caulking guns are available at select Lowe's.

Installing glass tile can be quite tricky. That why we have created a helpful guide to walk you through the necessary steps to make your glass tile project stand out above all others.

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Ron Sheldon

Ron Sheldon is a tile and floor installation guru. He has far too much knowledge on obscure topics like grout and floor leveling. A passionate tile contractor by trade, Ron’s spent the past decade dedicated to educating people about tiling, and has great advice on how to perfect your project.

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