Grouting a backsplash?


I have just completed installing our new kitchen backsplash (it has set for 24-36 hours depending on the section). I just got word that we need to leave tomorrow for a family issue. Do I need to get it grouted tonight or can it wait a week until we get back home? TIA!

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 06, 2021

    It can wait, you can do this when you come back so you will not be rushed. Once the tiles have cured they are fine. Just be sure they are clean and dry, nothing has been done to them while you are gone.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 06, 2021

    It is actually better to wait to ensure that all the glue is entirely dry and the tiles are really set in place before applying the grouting. As long as the tiles and the backsplash are not exposed to direct water, you can wait an indeterminate length of time before grouting.

    I would suggest however to shut off the water to the kitchen while you are gone to prevent damage from the once-in-a-million chance that there may be a leak somewhere in the taps.

  • You can wait with no worries.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 06, 2021

    yes, you can wait until you have more time to do the job

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 06, 2021

    Hello. Waiting should be fine. We worked on a bathroom remodel for weeks on our weekend house

  • Janice Janice on Jun 06, 2021

    It will be fine to leave the grouting for a later time! No problem at all.

  • William William on Jun 06, 2021

    Your fine if you have to wait. Tiles set in thinset or tile adhesive need minimum of 24 hours for the thinset to harden. There is no required maximum time.

  • You can leave it, it’ll be perfectly fine to grout later.

  • Em Em on Jun 06, 2021

    Leave it as long as you like. No time limit to grouting it.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 07, 2021

    Hi Molly: Time is on your side :) Just wait until you get back and do it then. That way you won't be rushed to get it done.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 07, 2021

    If it were the floor, you'd be concerned about stepping on the lines and cracking a tile.

    As long as there is no concern of dirt getting in between the tiles then yes you can wait. What you can't wait for is to clean out the thinset that is in between the tile preventing a clean and deep install of the grout. Reason being is the longer you wait the harder it will be to clean in between since the thinset will set even harder. I would also remove any spacers so that it doesn't become more difficult to remove in a weeks time. Plus you'll probably want to reuse them.

    If it were the floor, you'd be concerned about stepping on the lines and cracking a tile.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 12, 2021

    If it was me I would wait until I could tackle this when I had plenty of time.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 30, 2021

    Yes you can wait

  • You can wait. We are weekend warrior DIYers and sometime we have to juggle jobs or wait for supplies. We have waited a really long time for grout'll be fine.