This is my first tile job ever and I'm ready to grout. I used white 3" x 6" Daltile ceramic subway tile, and also an accent from Whispering Cliffs Mosaic Stone tile. I have attached two pictures:
I am confident in my ability to grout the white ceramic part of the shower, but my big concern is that
a) I'm not going to get all of the grout off the surface of the accent and/or
b) whatever cleaning method I use on the rough stones, if it effectively cleans the stones' surface, it will compromise the integrity of the grout around it.
After a decent amount of searching, I didn't find anything that really addressed small rough stones like this. What is the correct and most effective sequence for this?
P.S. Excuse the many questions, but this is all related to the best sequence:
1) would it be advisable to tape off and do the accent section separately
2) I'm not afraid to use muratic acid, if that would help; any concerns if I use this? -- Thanks
-- UPDATE - DONE --
So, I followed the accepted answer, doing it in sections, except that I saved the stone for last (I taped it off with blue easy-release tape by 3M). Picture is below. Main thing to remember: STAY WITH IT, KEEP CLEANING AND TWEAKING. I used UNSANDED grout, sanded would have been very hard for the varying gap joints (some less than 1/16"). I then realized the stone is quartz which is non-porous, so I gulped hard and coated the whole thing with grout and pushed it in. The next step was a lot of sponging starting with the rough side, squeezing and then using the smooth side. A lot of dabbing got the stone completely like original. If I have to I'll use muratic acid, but looks like I saved some money by not using grout release.