When I’m grouting, I’m typically using a tool called a ‘float’ to move the grout around and shove it into the gaps between tiles. When doing a larger area like a kitchen floor, I normally like to have the largest float I can find. However, when you’re working on a smaller area, it can be really hard to get a float into every place where grout is needed. I found a tool that has been a big help. It’s called a margin float.
The margin float is the one in the picture that is the smaller foat with a handle extending off of it. It was actually an impulse buy for me at Lowe’s one day because it was only five bucks or so and I thought it would come in handy. It has!!
I grouted a tile backsplash the other day only using this float. Backsplashes can be especially hard to grout with just a large float because space can be so limited under those cabinets. The margin float was also perfect for getting grout spread under the cabinets on a tile floor I was grouting a couple weeks ago. As you can see in the picture, this tool helps me get grout all the way back to the toe kick. Without it, I would have to use my fingers or a putty knife to do it because my larger float just wouldn’t fit back there under the cabinets.
By the way, I also have two margin trowels that I use all the time. The are similar in shape to the margin float, but one is just a straight blade and the other is a 3/16″ v-notched trowel. All of them cost under $8 each, but really help when you are tiling in tight quarters.