Grouting float

Discussion in 'Tilers' Talk' started by masterdiy, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. masterdiy

    masterdiy Well-Known Member

    Need to replace my old grout tiling float, any recommendations as to which one to go for?

    Just been looking at them in B&Q but they feel so cheap, maybe from china?
  2. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    The one I have hot is from B&Q its made by plasplugs.

    Purchased this a long time ago (maybe 16 years).

    Still ok.but edges a bit worn and rubbere not as soft as it was and hard to get grput in gorners. Use a flexible filling blade now.

    Most stuff is made from China now.
  3. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    Check out a local tile shop or CTD tiles.
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  4. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    Got a new sponge from CTD as other one worn.
  5. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    I've got this one and its done a fair amount of work over the years (not every day, I'm diy)

    Seems well built, chunky solid handle and aluminium base plate, thick foam pad
    As Jit mentions, the rubber face which does all the work, has started to wear but that's to be expected but still usable

    I had read that's its best to have at least two of these floats and keep separate for light and dark colour grouts
    I've got just the one and its been used for black, grey, jasmine and white grouts without any colour transfer issues

    Simply wash out well after use, soak for a while if necessary and allow to thoroughly dry before storing. Will serve you well for seven and a half quid :)
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  6. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    I'm only DIY and done about 5 tiling projects, so not a bad purchase.

    Not had any problem with coloured grouts.

    I use the continental fillers to get the ground right into the corners, just make sure its clean and free from rust as it will get into the grout.

    These continental filling tools are pretty good and may look for ones in stainless steel.
  7. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    I notice that SF sell a rubi float for !£12.

    You could compare to see which is better.

    Since my purchase a while ago a lot is manufactured in China so rubber not as good. I noticed this when I purchased a rubber castor wheel from TS. It smelt bad and they are probally not putting in much rubber mix.
  8. TheMorg

    TheMorg Active Member

    The Vitrex premium grout float VIT102960 is by far the best one I've ever used.
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  9. Jitender

    Jitender Well-Known Member

    There's quite a large number on the FFX.

    Whatever floats your boat :)
  10. masterdiy

    masterdiy Well-Known Member

    The Vitrex Float was the best choice. :)
    The number was 102901 £11.99 evilbay

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  11. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Looks suspiciously similar to the SF one in my link ?

    Ok, blue handle/white handle but ali base plate, black foam then white rubber face

    Could be a difference I suppose in quality of materials ? Who knows .... Enjoy !
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  12. TheMorg

    TheMorg Active Member

    I actually meant the 102900!
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  13. masterdiy

    masterdiy Well-Known Member

    Different colour.....
  14. masterdiy

    masterdiy Well-Known Member

    Easy mistake, but you got me on the right track. :)

    It certainly Floats my boat. & tiles.

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