Grouting

How to Clean Grout

We know you're just dying to learn how to clean grout. Well, the truth is, no one outside of those diagnosed with a compulsive/obsessive mental disorder gets a thrill from cleaning grout. But if you've neglected to apply sealer and the good grout-cleaning fairies have staged a permanent layoff, you're going to have to knuckle down and get rid of that dirty, nasty, mildewy, moldy mess yourself.

Products for cleaning and sealing grout abound all over the Internet. And it seems that everybody and their brother has a homemade recipe for grout cleaner. A few of these include:

  • bleach
  • baking soda
  • salt

Guidelines for Applying Grout

When selecting a new tile floor, you don't want to forget about grout. It may seem like a trivial decision to make, but grout color and width will make all the difference in the appearance of your new floor. Before you apply grout to your new tile floor, there are five key things to keep in mind.

Ceramic Tile Coloring: Grout

Ceramic tile coloring is a great option if you want to give your ceramic tile a new look. Actually coloring the ceramic tile may be tricky so many people opt for substituting the coloring of ceramic tile and use ceramic tile coloring grout instead. Ceramic tile coloring for grout is a much simpler process and will yield stunning results. There is much less of a process involved as opposed to coloring ceramic tile. Here are some tips that will help you with your ceramic tile coloring for grout project.

Changing Ceramic Tile Coloring: Grout

How to Seal Tile Grout

There is a difference between sealing grout joints and sealing tiles themselves, and depending on the type of tile you're installing you should use one or the other.

Glazed ceramic tiles only need to have the grout sealed. Sealing tile grout gives your tile surface greater water and mildew resistance, and is indispensiable for keep ing grout from getting dirty. Unsealed grout will absorb dirt, grease and grime such that it becomes impossible to clean.

Tile Grout Basics

There are two major types of tile grouts- cement-based grout and epoxy grout. Grout used for tiling is not the same as caulking, which is made up of elastomer and is used for filling gaps between assorted building materials.

Cementitious

Cement-based grouts all have a portland cement base, but vary in the kinds of additives they include. You'll find they typically come in powdered form to which is added water or liquid latex. Latex-portland cement grout is the most adaptable grout for residential use.

Epoxy