TEC® Skill Set™ Sanded Grout is a polymer enhanced, sanded Portland cement grout for grouting tile joints 1/8” to 1/2" wide. Just mix with water. For interior/exterior use.*
*For exterior applications it is required to use Grout Boost® in place of water as directed on Grout Boost® label. Refer to Grout Boost® packaging for product capabilities, instructions and limitations. The use of Grout Boost® requires a minimum of 3 days to cure, prior to getting wet.
Key Benefits and Features
- Sanded formula - primarily for use on walls and floors
- Highly durable and wear resistant
10 lbs. (4.54 kg) plastic bag
25 lbs. (11.34 kg) plastic bag
Available in 18 colors**
**In 10 lb. packaging only. Sixteen colors are available in 25 lb. bag.
Coverage and Trowel Recommendations
Approximate Coverage per Pound (in square feet)
|Approximate Coverage per Pound (in square feet)|
|1” x 1” x 1/4”||2.04|
|2” x 2” x 1.4”||3.83|
|4” x 8” x 1/2”||4.86||2.48||1.69||1.30|
|6” x 6” x 1.2”||5.46||.73||1.92||1.44|
|6” x 24” x 3/8”||11.7||5.8||4.4||2.9|
|8” x 8” x 5/16”||11.66||5.83||3.89||2.91|
|8” x 8” x 1/2”||7.29||3.64||2.43||1.82|
|12” x 12” x 5/16”||17.49||8.74||5.83||4.37|
|12” x 24” x 3/8”||19.4||9.7||7.3||4.9|
Store in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not store open containers.
Maximum of 18 months from date of manufacture in unopened package.
Do not use in temperatures below 50ÆF (10ÆC). Although Sanded Grout chemically controls the curing process to help ensure color consistency, color variation can occur in any Portland cement product due to job conditions and cleaning methods. Efflorescence (a whitish powder or surface crust) can occur in any Portland cement product. Sanded Grout is made with Portland cement and for this reason, H.B. Fuller Construction Products cannot guarantee that efflorescence will not occur. When using Grout Boost® mixed with a Portland cement based grout, there is a potential for efflorescence and color shading, which is not considered a manufacturing defect. Grout Boost® doesn’t cause efflorescence.
All Portland based products, including grout, have the potential for efflorescence and color shading. All grout manufacturers acknowledge that their Portland cement based grouts can effloresce resulting in a white or lighter color. Refer to tecskillset.com/blog for proper tile installation technique to help prevent efflorescence. If efflorescence does occur, allow the grout to cure for 10 days, and then scrub the grout joints with a mix of 50% vinegar and 50% water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This should restore grout color. If you encounter difficulties removing the efflorescence, you may consider using a stronger acidic cleaner or an efflorescence remover for non-acid sensitive tile and stone. Be sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of the cleaner.
FIRST AID MEASURES: In all cases, seek medical attention if symptoms develop or persist. EYES: Flush with water for 20 minutes. SKIN: Wash with soap and water. IF VAPORS INHALED: Remove to fresh air. IF SWALLOWED: Do not induce vomiting. WARNING! This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For Medical Emergency Information, call 1-888-853-1758. This Product Data Sheet has been prepared in good faith on the basis of information available at the time of publication. It is intended to provide users with information about and guidelines for the proper use and application of the covered TEC® Skill Set™ brand product(s) under normal environmental and working conditions. Because each project is different, H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc. cannot be responsible for the consequences of variations in such conditions, or for unforeseen conditions.
|EC Skill Set Sanded Grout|
|Description||ANSI Requirement||Typical Results|
|28 Day Compressive Strength||≥ 3000 psi (20.7 MPa)||3100 - 3500 psi (21.5–24.2 MPa)|
|28 Day Tensile Strength||≥ 250 psi (2.0 MPa)||300-400 psi (2.2-2.9 MPa)|
|28 Day Flexural Strength||≥ 500 psi (3.4 MPa)||700-900 psi (4.9-6.3 MPa)|
|28 Day Linear Shrinkage||> 0.20% shrinkage||0.10-0.15% shrinkage|
|Water Absorption||> 10% absorption||7.0-9.0% absorption|
|Physical State||Dry powder|
|Color||Available in 18 colors|
|Pot Life||1 to 2 hour|
|Initial Cure [at 72°F (22°C)]||24 hours|
|Final Cure||21 days|
|Foot Traffic Rating (ASTM C627)||Residential to Heavy Commercial|
Proper preparation of the tile and joint surfaces is important and will help promote a quality installation. The joints between the tiles should be free from foreign materials, and be at least 2/3 of the thickness of the tile in depth. High ridges of adhesive or mortar should be raked out. Rubber or plastic tile spacers, if used, should be removed prior to grouting. Tiles should be held firmly in place according to manufacturer’s instructions before grouting. When Sanded Grout is mixed with water and used under dry or hot conditions, the tile should be dampened with a wet sponge prior to grouting. Avoid any accumulation of water in joints.
Due to rough surface texture or high porosity, some tiles require sealing prior to grouting. Consult the tile manufacturer’s/fabricator’s literature for advice regarding this point. HBF-CP recommends the use of a tile presealer for protecting your tile or stone from grout staining during installation.
Certain tile surfaces, including polished marble, glass, or metal can be scratched, stained or damaged when grouted with sanded/colored grout. Follow tile manufacturer/ fabricator recommendations or test a small area prior to use to determine suitability. Use of Unsanded Grout may be appropriate for many tiles not suitable for use with a sanded grout.
For industrial and commercial installations where chemical resistance is required, use an epoxy grout in accordance with ANSI A118.3 recommendations.
For best results pour liquid in a bucket and then add powder. In a clean missing container, add TEC® Skill Set™ Sanded Grout to clean, cool water as specified below:
|TEC® Skill Set™ Sanded Grout||Water|
|10 lbs.||2 ¾ - 3 cups [22-24 fl. oz.] (600-700 ml)|
|25 lbs.||1 ¾ - 2 quarts [56-64 fl oz.] (1.65-1.89 L)|
Mix well for a minimum of 2 minutes. Avoid breathing dust and contact with eyes and skin. Allow mixture to “slake” (sit in the container) for 10 minutes. Slaking allows the water, Portland cement and other ingredients to react properly. Remix for 1-2 minutes before using. The working time (pot life) when mixed this way is approx. 1-2 hours. If grout stiffens up during use, re-ˇmix for 1 minute to return to normal consistency. Do not add additional water. Note: If less than a full container of TEC® Skill Set™ Sanded Grout is going to be mixed at one time, or multiple bags are used from different lot numbers, mix the dry grout prior to taking out desired amount. (The fine pigment particles may settle during shipment and color variance can occur in the finished joint unless you first dry blend in this fashion.) To ensure color consistency across the installation, use the same liquid to grout proportions when using multiple containers for the same job.
Mixing – With Grout Boost.
For exterior or other applications subjected to freeze/thaw conditions or other ANSI A118.7 applications, use Grout Boost® in place of water where increased flexibility is desired or high water resistance is required.
Fully pack the joints between the tiles by spreading Sanded Grout with a clean, hard rubber float. Work only a small area at one time [5-10 sq. ft.]. Apply in a diagonal direction across the joint lines to prevent the grout from being dragged out of the joints. Go over each area several times from all directions to make sure that the grout is fully packed in. Remove any excess grout from the surface of the tile by holding the float at a 90° angle to the surface and moving it diagonally across the joints. Repeat the entire process until all joints are grouted.
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