The Heavy-Duty Denim Shop Apron is worn to protect clothing while cutting mosaic tile, grouting, and cleaning up. At our studio, we use aprons with long-sleeve shirts while cutting large amounts of tile (if the temperature and humidity aren’t too high). We leave the long-sleeve shirts unbuttoned like a lab coat. When we take breaks, we remove the long-sleeve shirt and aprons off. That way our clothing stays free from cutting slivers and dust that occasionally pop onto your cloths when you cut tile for a long period.
Denim Shop Apron
- one heavy-duty denim apron with neck loop and tie straps
When To Use This Tool
The denim apron is worn when cutting large amounts of tile or mixing and applying grout. Wearing the apron with an unbuttoned long-sleeve shirt provides extra protection, but both are optional when it is hot. We use a shop vac and brush to dust off our clothing during summer months instead of wearing aprons and over-clothing.
After we are done grouting, we rinse out any concrete smears in the fabric outside in our back yard with the water hose. The back yard is also where we clean the mosaic tools, grouting sponge and bucket. (Excess grout could kill grass or plants, so scoop up what you can and dispose in the trash and wash away what is left with plenty of water.) We are careful not to rinse concrete down drains for obvious reasons, including the drains of washing machines.
Do not pour left over grout or grout sludge down plumbing or drains. Grout is concrete and can harden under water. Even sand can clog drains. Instead, pour your grout and grout water into an old plastic container. After it hardens, you can pour off the water and dispose what is left as solid waste.
The denim apron can be considered a piece of safety equipment because it helps keep your clothing free from cutting slivers and grout dust.
How To Make Mosaics
For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.