Did you know you can reverse grout damage with Modern Stone Care on your side? Our team of experts works with home and business owners to reverse staining and damage that affects the look and condition of your grout. Whether you have inherited a home with blackened grout or have gone too long without scheduling a deep cleaning, our team is here to help you.
What Is the Purpose of Tile Grout?
Tile grout is a building tool available in quite a few varieties, each of which comes in different colors. Grout fills in the spaces between tiles. It is essential for creating a seamless tile appearance, as well as protecting both your tiles and the surfaces underneath. It prevents moisture from seeping into the substrate, straightens tile lines, and keeps tiles from cracking or rubbing against each other.
What Is Tile Grout?
Not quite sure what tile grout it? You’re likely more familiar with it than you think! Grout is filler for the joints between tiles once the tile has been set on a wall, floor, or other surfaces. It’s typically a powdered mix of cement, limestone, and color pigment (sometimes with sand added). Once mixed with water, the mixture is applied to the tile and left to harden.
What Does Tile Grout Do?
Tile grout plays an important role. From an aesthetic perspective, grout gives a wall, floor, or any tiled surface a really clean appearance. It keeps dirt and debris from getting in between or even under the tile. It even adds rigidity and strength to the tile installation!
Types of Tile Grout
Grout comes in a few varieties, each with its own benefits. Here are the most popular versions.
- Epoxy Grout: Epoxy grout is very different from the cement grouts listed below. Epoxy grout doesn’t need to ever be sealed, as it’s not porous. It appears soft and smooth and has some give if you push on it. You’ve likely seen it along countertops, pool decks, waterline pool tiles, and even outdoor patios. Epoxy grout is especially beneficial for those who live in areas that frequently experience earthquakes, as it’s more flexible and likely to move with shifts in your walls and tile. The only downside to epoxy grout is that it is more expensive, and harder to install due to its shorter “open time” — the amount of time you have before it becomes too solid to work with.
- Sanded Grout: Sanded grout is a form of grout that is good for large grout joints; a general rule of thumb is any grout space that is larger than ⅛”. The sand in grout helps grout stay in between the joints. Portland-based cement grout is the most common type and sanded grout comes in both dry and pre-mixed forms. Sanded grout is very versatile, and can be used in virtually any project whether inside or outside. Sanded grout does need to be sealed in order to properly protect against dirt, spills, and discoloration. As stone experts, we must note that sanded grout cannot be used with certain stone materials, namely marble, as the sand can scratch your stone.
- Unsanded Grout: Unsanded grout is like sanded grout but made without sand. For smaller grout joints under ⅛”, use unsanded grout. You can’t use sanded grout in small joints because not enough grout will make up the space, instead being filled with too much sand. This can lead to instability. Unsanded grout is stickier than sanded grout — perfect for those smaller grout spaces. Like sanded grout, unsanded grout does need to be sealed to protect against damage caused by stains, spills, and even UV lighting.
Reverse Grout Damage With Modern Stone Care on your side.
Safe Stone Floor Cleaner
Modern Stone Care Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner is a neutral (ph 7) marble safe floor cleaner which is to be used for regular maintenance on any hard surface not harmed by water. It was originally made to protect calcite based stones, such as marble, limestone, & travertine, which are alkaline in nature due to the mineral content, from chemical etching. It’s no rinse, streak free properties make this cleaner ideal for any hard surface, as it does not leave a dulling film or residue. Special organic slats in its formula act as “moisturizers” thus preventing natural stone from “drying out.” It also contains optical brighteners to enhance the finish of the surface on which it is used.
If you have any questions or concerns about this cleaning product contact us today. Our customer service representatives will be happy to go over the ingredients and instructions when using this natural stone safe cleaner.
Natural Stone Cleaning In Houston TX
At Modern Stone Care, our team of highly knowledgeable technicians specialize in the restoration, cleaning, polishing, and sealing of all-natural stone surfaces. This includes flooring, countertops, outdoor pool coping, and more. We work hard to ensure your natural stone maintains its beautiful and vibrant appearance for as long as possible. When it comes to the care of your delicate natural stone surfaces, leave it to the professionals at Modern Stone Care. We work in Houston and surrounding areas to offer the best stone care in the city.