With the passage of time, the joints of the tiles in the bathroom, both on the wall and on the floor, deteriorate and cause leaks in the case of multilevel houses.
This deterioration of the joints of the tiles in the bathroom can be due to natural reasons, the constant exposure to humidity and direct contact with water, the use of chemical cleaning elements, or a combination of all these aspects.
Especially in the shower area where the walls and floor are in contact with water on a daily basis, it is important to keep the tiles sealed to avoid leaks and moisture accumulation on the walls.
To prevent tile grout wear in bathrooms, it is important to use high-quality grout and seal it properly, keep tiles and grout clean and dry, and avoid using harsh cleaning products or abrasive scrubbing techniques.
Of course, a simple, quick and much more economical way to solve this problem is to use white cement.
How to mix white cement for bathtub tiles?
To mix white cement to fill bathtub tiles, you will need the following materials:
- White cement
- A mixing tool (can be a small wooden stick)
- A small mixing container (such as a plastic bucket)
- A metal trowel
- A small brush
- A sponge
Here’s the process for mixing white cement to fill bathtub tiles:
- With the small plastic container, first, pour a small amount of white cement according to the grout you will need.
- Next, add water to the cement in the mixing container. The amount of water you need will depend on the type of cement you are using and the consistency you desire. Start by adding a small amount of water and gradually add more until the cement reaches the desired consistency. The consistency should be sufficiently watery so that the white cement can enter the tile gaps with some ease.
- Use the mixing tool to thoroughly combine the cement and water until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
- Before adding the grout to the joints between the tiles, try to remove as much of the old grout as possible between the tiles with the metal spatula.
- Also, clean the surface well with the sponge so that no debris or residue remains before applying the grout, Ideally, you should have all of this prepared before preparing the white cement mixture to avoid wasting time and to apply the mixture with proper consistency.
- Use the small brush to fill the gaps between the tiles, the consistency of the white cement should be quite flexible, and then use the metal trowel to smooth and compact the grout between the gaps in the tiles.
- At the end, use the wet sponge to clean the tiles, being careful not to remove the white cement that has just been placed in the tile gaps.
How long does it take for the white cement to dry if applied as grout in a shower area?
This is one of the key points, the shower area is used every day and white cement as a general rule should be given 24 hours to dry completely.
But with at least 12 hours, the white cement used as grout can dry and the bathroom can be used safely, that’s why this type of work is advisable to do during the night, when the shower is not required, and let the cement grout dry until the next day.
If your bathroom has natural ventilation this can help make the drying of the white cement much more effective.
Is white cement waterproof?
White cement is not inherently waterproof, but it can be used as part of a waterproofing system. White cement can be used in conjunction with waterproofing agents, such as latex or acrylic admixtures, to create a waterproof concrete mix.
It’s important to note that even with the use of waterproofing agents, concrete is not completely waterproof.
How permeable is the white cement used as a grout?
In general, grout made with white cement is likely to have a lower permeability than grout made with gray cement, due to the lower iron oxide content of white cement.
However, the permeability of white cement grout can still vary based on the other ingredients in the mix and the methods used to produce and cure the grout.
Can white cement be used to fill tile gaps in the bathroom?
Yes, after everything explained in this topic, white cement can be used as tile grout in the shower tub area in the bathroom, this is due to ease, economy, and availability of the material, but this does not mean that it is the ideal choice.
White cement can be used to fill gaps between tiles in a bathroom, but it may not be the most practical or effective material for the job. White cement is a type of hydraulic cement, which means that it hardens when mixed with water and sets over time.
This makes it a useful material for constructing durable and long-lasting structures, but it may not be the best choice for filling gaps between tiles in a bathroom.
One reason for this is that white cement is not very flexible, so it may not be able to accommodate the movement and expansion that can occur between tiles in a bathroom due to temperature changes, moisture, or other factors.
This could lead to cracks or other problems with the white cement over time.
There are other materials that may be better suited for filling gaps between tiles in a bathroom, such as grout or caulk. Grout is a mixture of cement, water, and fine aggregates that are commonly used to fill the gaps between tiles.
It is available in a range of colors to match the tiles and can be applied using a grout float. Caulk is a flexible sealant that is often used to fill small gaps between tiles or between tiles and other surfaces. It is available in a range of colors to match the tiles and can be applied using a caulk gun.
When filling gaps between tiles in a bathroom, it’s important to choose a material that is durable, flexible, and able to withstand the high humidity and moisture levels that are often present in this type of environment.
What other material can white cement be mixed with to make it waterproof?
White cement can be mixed with waterproofing agents to create a waterproof concrete mix. Waterproofing agents are materials that are added to the concrete mix to reduce the permeability of the concrete and help prevent the ingress of water. There are several types of waterproofing agents that can be used, including:
Latex or acrylic admixtures: These are polymer-based additives that are mixed into the concrete to create a waterproof barrier.
Water-repellent coatings: These are applied to the surface of the concrete after it has cured and is designed to create a waterproof barrier on the surface of the concrete.
Waterproofing membranes: These are thin sheets of material that are applied to the surface of the concrete and are designed to create a waterproof barrier.