How long does grout take to dry? A guide to drying times

Hand with grout trowel putting grout onto light coloured tiles
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Adding grout to tiles is the finishing touch, but how long does grout take to dry? It's a simple question, but there are a host of factors that means there’s not a really simple answer. First, drying times differ depending on what type of grout you use and then there’s environmental factors such as temperature and humidity to consider. These all make a difference to the final drying time.

If you know how to grout tiles then you will know that grout can be touch dry pretty quickly. But, it's the curing time that is more important especially in high traffic areas and areas prone to moisture such as bathrooms.

Here we take a look at drying times and curing times for grout commonly used in the home and reveal how long you need to wait before you can start using your newly grouted area. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.