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Grouting Armstrong Alterna Tile. Grouting Alterna Tile. TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES. Armstrong S-693 Premixed Sanded Acrylic Grout Hard rubber float Margin trowel White 3M pad Tile spacers Gloves Sponges/cellulose sponge/grout sponge Spray Bottle. Grouting Alterna Tile. TILE SPACERS.

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Grouting Armstrong Alterna Tile

Grouting alterna tile
Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Armstrong S-693 Premixed Sanded Acrylic Grout

  • Hard rubber float

  • Margin trowel

  • White 3M pad

  • Tile spacers

  • Gloves

  • Sponges/cellulose sponge/grout sponge

  • Spray Bottle

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Different types available

  • Pieces of the Tile

  • Spacing –1/16” minimum 1/4” maximum

  • Actual grout joint will appear slightly larger due to rounded edges on the tile

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Grouting Alterna Tile

  • Remove spacers and thoroughly roll the tile installation.

  • Grouting should not be done unless all tile are firmly bonded.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Pack joints full.

  • Work small areas of about 10 SF at a time to prevent the grout from drying hard on the face of the tile.

  • Shown here is typical grouting as would be done with ceramic tile where you use the float over the entire floor surface

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Grouting Alterna Tile

APPLYING S-693 GROUT (cont’d)

  • With vinyl tile, it is best to minimize spreading grout over the entire floor.

  • Try to apply and pack it down only in the immediate area of the open joints.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


Hold float almost vertical and pull the edge of the float diagonally across the tile to remove as much of the grout as possible from the face, while still leaving joints nice and full.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Use a grout sponge or spray bottle to lightly wet the surface before it dries hard on the Tile face.

  • Wait about 30 seconds.

  • Loosen residue from tile surface by lightly rubbing the damp sponge diagonally across the surface.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Use a damp white pad held in a flat position to lightly rub diagonally across the surface.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Take a clean damp sponge and slowly wipe diagonally to remove the remaining grout residue and water.

  • Hold the sponge flat and make only one pass with the sponge on the first side; then flip it over and make one pass with the second side of the sponge before rinsing it out.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Use two buckets of clear, cool water – one for rinsing most of the grout residue from the sponge, and the other to fully clean the sponge for the final clean-up.

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Grouting Alterna Tile

CLEAN-UP (cont’d)

  • A flat cellulose sponge works well for the last clean-up stage.

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Grouting Alterna Tile

CLEAN-UP (cont’d)

  • It is a good idea not to “over work” the grout with repeated cleanings as the joints will become washed out and weakened by excessive water.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • A very slight grout haze is normal after the initial cleaning .

  • Wait at least 24 hours, until the grout is completely dry, before the final clean-up step.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Final clean-up may be done with a sponge or the white 3M pad and Once ‘N Done Floor Cleaner.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • Use a clean, lightly damp sponge with clear water to rinse and remove any remaining residue in this final cleaning step.

  • Buffing dry with a clean terry cloth towel or cheese cloth will minimize any streaking.

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Grouting Alterna Tile


  • S-693 can simply be reapplied if voids or low spots are discovered during final inspection.

  • Do not use grout sealers on the finished S-693 grout application.

  • Routine maintenance should be done with Armstrong Once ‘n Done No-Rinse Floor Cleaner. Do not use New Beginning cleaner

  • Armstrong provides a lifetime warranty on Alterna for manufacturing defects.

  • Use Armstrong S-693 Pre-mixed Sanded Acrylic Grout when installing Alterna with grout.

  • Armstrong will continue to warrant the product for manufacturing defects even if it is grouted.