What’s the Best Way to Clean Grout?

Tile is fairly easy to clean, but when it comes to grout… that’s a different story. It’s true that grout is harder to clean, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you purchase and use the right products. Why is grout tougher to clean? Well unlike tile, grout is porous, which means it absorbs anything and everything it encounters, and it also is prone to staining.

If you’re looking to clean your grout, it’s not the best idea to grab just any household product laying around the house. Many household cleaners cannot properly clean or protect your grout. Over time, the grout will just become dirtier and dirtier, and even harder for you to clean.

When you are cleaning your grout, you want to choose products with quality chemicals. Different types of materials (tile, grout, stone, rugs, wooden floors) all require different cleaning strategies and products. You cannot clean grout like you would tile or wood and expect the same result.  Below, we wanted to talk about some cleaners that you, most likely, have around your house but can potentially do more harm to your grout than good.

Bleach – Bleach may make the room smell like something has just been clean, but it doesn’t contain any actual cleaning agents. In fact, many bleaches contain sodium hypochlorite, which can disintegrate the concrete found in most grouts.

Ammonia – Ammonia can damage the seal on the grout.

Vinegar (and other acidic) cleaners – The acid will eat away at the seal on the grout and take away any shine. It will also discolor the grout.

Water—Using too much water on grout can actually be determental. The excess water will absorb into the grout and also potentially get trapped under the tiles, which can lead to mold and mildew.

Colored cleaners – Chemicals that are colored can potentially change the color of tour grout.
So what should you use when cleaning grout? When it comes to cleaning, the chemicals in a product truly matter. The right maintenance and cleaning method for your grout can be achieved by using grout cleaner and grout sealer by a company like Grout Shield. Grout Shield cleaners have a neutral-pH level that is safe on grout. Grout Shield’s cleaners help grout lines look renewed and clean. The formula is a non-combustible, fast-aching concentrate.  Grout Shield has a Maintenance Cleaner and a Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner both are great at lifting stains and dirt from the pores in the grout.

Also, you never want to scrub your grout with a rough, abrasive sponge or pad. This will break up the grout and take of the finish over time. Grout Shield sells a Chamois Cloth that is soft and easily aborbs liquids.

Use Grout Shield Cleaners

It’s time to put down that household cleaner that is ultimately destroying your grout. Grout Shield sells cleaners come in a few different sizes to accommodate both smaller and bigger  rooms. Grout Shield’s cleaners are easy to use.

To learn more about grout cleaner, click here or call 239-768-6809 or call 1-800-631-0716 with any questions.

How to Choose Your Grout

Home design is exciting! Whether you’re building a new home or renovating a room, you get to choose every element that goes into a space. You get to make this room reflect your wants, needs, and personality. From colors to materials, every detail is selected by you and can completely transform the look of a room. During a new build or remodel, one element that you will have to choose your grout. You’ll need to find the right grout to match and work with your tile choices – and you’ll have to do this for every space in the house you plan on having tile (bathrooms, kitchen, etc.).

Grout isn’t just the hard glue sticking your tiles together, it’s also a design element. Grout can completely change the look of your tile work and the look of the entire room. These days, grout can basically come in any color you can imagine. Different color grout can make your room feel more modern, vintage, country, retro or whatever other style and feeling you’re going for.

Here’s some tips to help you choose your grout:

  • If you pick a grout color that matches or blends with the tile, this allows the tile to be the star of the show and the focus of the attention.
  • Choosing a grout that matches the tile can also give the appearance of a bigger/wider room and space.
  • One monochromatic tile/grout look is good if you want a simple and classic look.
  • For contrast, choose a dark/light look. Depending on the colors you choose this can be a subtle or bold look.
  • A big trend right now is gray grout for a contemporary look.
  • If you’re looking to showcase a design patter in your tile work, definitely choose a grout that contrasts with your tile.
  • Sanded grout is great to use for porcelain tile.
  • Non-sanded grouts cost more and work better for glass and marble.
  • If you choose a light-colored grout, definitely seal it to prevent stains from showing up.

As you’re choosing your grout and tile, you will need to decide if you want the tile to stand out or the design/graphic pattern to stand out.

Remember, to keep this grout clean and protected year-round, you’ll need to use grout-specific products. It’s time for you to check out some of Grout Shield’s cleaners and sealers. Grout Shield even sells grout color sealer, so you’re able to change the color of your grout without having to re-grout the entire space. To view all the Grout Shield’s grout cleaning and grout sealing restoration products, click here. For more information, click here or contact 1-800-631-0716.

Bring Your Stone and Slate Tile Work Back to Life

Stone and slate tiles really bring the look of a room or outdoor space to another level. Whether you’re looking for a classy, upscale feel or an earthy, natural look, stone and slate are definitely a great choice. Unfortunately, designing and constructing stone and slate tile work in your home isn’t cheap. So if you’re going to spend the time and money on installing these beautiful and expensive tile work, it’s important that you know how to take care of it. You don’t want it to look rough, old, and dirty within a few months.

With the proper care, stone and slate work can last a very long time. These tiles are just like regular ceramic tiles and can stain and dull over time due to dirt and liquids. The best way to care for your stone tile work is to use a sealer, which will brighten and protect the tile. Purchase a stone cleaner without ammonia and bleach; these ingredients can damage the stone. After cleaning the stone, it’s time to protect it with a sealer. Grout Shield sells the Enhancer Seal, which can make stone and slate tiles look vibrant and new; this sealer is safe to use on this type of tile and will not damage or compromise the stone. Grout Shield’s Color Sealer is also a great choice when sealing stone by enhancing the stone’s natural beauty. The color sealer helps bring out the different color tones within the stone, while also protecting the stone from future stains and spills.

To learn how to use the Grout Shield sealer and see how well it brightens and restores the surface to of slate tile to its original condition, watch the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHOEnwjnJwk

Restore Your Tilework

Do you have tile work that needs restoration? Are your tiles looking dull, dirty and old? No need to buy new stones! No need to spend hours scrubbing the tiles down! You can get your tiles’ old look back by using Grout Shield sealers. Grout Shield Sealers will protect your grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored. The professionals at Grout Shield can help you choose the best sealer that will work best for what you need based on space and tile type. To learn more about sealing your stone, slate or terracotta tiles or for any other questions, click here or call us at 1-800-631-0716.

Don’t Forget to Use a Grout Sealer

Do you know how to take care of the grout in your home? Even if your grout looks good now, it won’t necessarily stay that way. Grout is porous, which means it acts like a sponge absorbing everything it comes in contact with. From pet urine to mud, substances can leak into grout lines and cause them to discolor, stain, and even smell. So, how do you prevent this from happening to your grout? A grout sealer.

With the proper grout sealer, you won’t have to worry about cleaning or restoring your grout as often. The sealer helps repel dirt, liquids, mold, and mildew from settling in the grout lines.  Grout sealer will protect your grout from harsh stains. The sealer will make it easy for you to wipe up or spills or other accidents that occur on your tile floors or countertops.

Grout Shield sells grout sealers that make the grout impenetrable. Grout Shield sealers come in clear and 14 color options. Or, you can pick your own color for Grout Shield to match from a color chart at a Home Depot or Lowes.  If you’re looking to change your grout color, without re-grouting an entire room, grout color sealer is a great solution. Grout Shield color seal can be used almost anywhere you have grout. If you don’t want a color seal, the clear seal can help renew the look of your grout.  Grout Shield’s Enhancer Seal is a sealer and finisher.

Grout Shield’s sealers come in 4 sizes: 2 ounces, 8 ounces, 16 ounces, or 1 gallon.

Experts recommend you seal your grout, but it’s not mandatory. The sealer will save you upkeep time, by keeping the grout clean and keeping mold and mildew away.

Start Using a Grout Shield Grout Sealer

Ready to renew the look of your grout? You can make your rooms less maintenance by using a grout sealer Grout Shield sealers are your best bet to experience clean-looking grout for longer! To purchase a grout sealer or to learn more about the product, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

Don’t Let Your Grout House Germs

Do you know what one of the biggest culprits in your home is for dirt and germs? You’re probably thinking the trash can or the toilet, which aren’t wrong; however, for this article, we wanted to focus on something that is in several rooms of your home that is a subtle hoarder of bacteria and grim: grout. Grout? Yup, you better believe it! Studies have shown there’s at least nine different types of bacteria lurking on tile floors.

Grout is porous, which means it acts like a sponge. Whether you walk on it or spill on it, grout is exposed to all the elements. Even in rarely used spot or room, grout can absorb dirt, dust, and bacteria in the air. It’s pores also make grout very easily discolored. Your beautiful once-white grout lines now may resemble more of a brownish-tan color. Why? Spills or any buildup of elements, pet urine, dirt, scum, mold, among other things will make grout lines discolored.

These germ-filled grout lines not only look dirty they may even have an odor, as well. Mold, old food, and bacteria are bound to smell. Scrubbing and mopping the grout with regular household floor and tile cleaners won’t do a great job. Your tiles may be shiny, but the grout is still dull or discolored.

So, what can you do? The best way to rid your grout of bacteria and dirt while making it look brand new again is to invest in a grout cleaner and sealer. Grout Shield specially makes products to tackle the dirt and grime that live deep in the grout pores. Grout Shield sells a Grout & Tile Cleaner and a Maintenance Cleaner that absorb into the grout and helps you easily wipe way dirt. No more spending hours and hours cleaning! Once you’re done with the cleaner, it’s your best bet to use a grout sealer. A grout sealer will help prevent your grout from getting discolored and dirty again. Grout Shield sells a Clear Seal, Color Seal, and an Enhancer Seal.

Grout Shield’s products can clean rooms up to 6,000 square feet, depending on the size of the bottle you  choose. Visit our YouTube page to learn more about our products and how to use them. If you’re ready to transform your grout, click here to purchase Grout Shield products or call 1-800-631-0716.

 

 

The Importance of Grout

The condition of your grout can really make or break the look of a room. Dull, dirty grout can make beautiful tile work look old and unclean. A once bright cheery kitchen now looks dated, dark, and grimy. Grout isn’t just the filler in between your tiles. It can change the entire look of a room. The grout also is more than it’s look and color. Without grout, your tiles would never stay properly installed. It’s good for you to know the importance of grout!

Whether you’re installing your own kitchen or bathroom tiles or having a professional do it, you need the right grout. If you choose a cement grout, you must use a grout sealer on it to protect it. Cement grout is the most affordable; it’s easy to use. If you choose an epoxy grout, it is more expensive; it is a flexible grout that is great for humidity and temperature changes. Epoxy grout is also known to fade when exposed to a lot of sunlight. If you’re kitchen or bathroom is sun-drenched, you may want to opt for a cement-based grout instead. And remember, the tile and grout installation is a meticulous and long process. The tile needs time to dry before the grout.

At Grout Shield, we have endless colors for you to choose from to color and seal your grout. With so many colors, you don’t have to create your own by mixing colors together. We can match any color in the world.

Even if you have your tile and grout properly installed with the best materials, it can still look awful if you’re not caring for it properly. Tile and grout needs to be cleaned and maintained like anything else in your home. Most kitchen, bathroom and tile cleaners out on the market just don’t do a good job at keeping grout clean. Grout is a tricky medium, since it’s so porous. Since it’s a tough job, you need a grout cleaner, specifically, to get the job done.

Grout Shield specializes in making grout cleaners and grout sealers for all your grout restoration needs. Check them out here: Grout Shield grout cleaners and grout sealers. To view all of our products, click here. If you have any questions or want to purchase these products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

 

 

Keep Mold, Mildew Out of Your Bathroom Grout

It’s summertime, which means it is hot and humid out there. The warm and muggy temperatures make moist areas, like your bathroom, a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other bacteria. Not to mention, soap scum occurs throughout the year in the bathroom, as well. Both mold and soap scum will seep into grout. Once they seep into the grout, they change the color and appearance of the grout lines, making your beautiful shower stall or floors look old and dirty.

When mold, mildew, and soap scum build up over time (and combine), it becomes even harder to remove them from your grout and tiles. Even if you remove all dirt, there’s a good change your grout will be permanently stained. Mold, mildew, dirt, and soap scum can also come in all different colors; these substances could be black, brown, white, and even blue or green. These lasting stains can be embarrassing to have in your bathroom, especially when guests are using the room. Even if the room is sparkling clean, these old stains in the grout can give off the appearance that you don’t clean your bathroom.

There are endless bathroom-cleaning products that promise to blast off scum, mold, and mildew, and they do, but not always on grout. Grout isn’t as easy to clean as tile. Grout is porous, which means the stain is absorbed deep into the grout. Since grout and tile are different materials, it’s essential you purchase a grout-specific cleaner. Grout Shield sells grout cleaner that make your cleaning process easy. With Grout Shield’s grout cleaner, you simply mop the cleaner over the entire area; make sure the area is saturated with the product. After 10 to 15 minutes, scrub the tile and grout with a grout brush (bristle brush). After you use the brush, use a rag to wipe away the remaining dirty and cleaner.

After you clean the tiles and grout in your bathroom with this cleaner, they will be looking brand new again. It’s a good idea to then apply a grout sealer after your finished cleaning. The sealer will keep the grout looking new while protecting it from bacteria seeping into its pores.

If you’re ready to make your bathroom look brand new again, it’s time to clean with Grout Shield. To view and purchase products, click the grout cleaner page and the grout sealer page to select the right size bottle for your room. To look at more products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

Transform Your Kitchen with the Backsplash Grout

You know what can really make that WOW factor in your kitchen? The backsplash. Believe it or not, that small space between your cabinets and countertops can completely change the look of the room. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your kitchen, the tile and grout colors of your backsplash are crucial to the overall design of your kitchen. At Grout Shield, we have grout color sealers that will help protect your grout and make it any color you can imagine! Below, we wanted to share with you some ideas  and tips for your kitchen backsplash.

  • Decide if you want to emphasize individual tiles or an overall design; this will help with color choices.
  • If you like a monochromatic look, definitely pick a grout color that is the same color as your tile, or at least blends in nicely. The grout color and tile color should be in the same family of colors for a cohesive look. With a one-color backsplash, your cabinets, appliances, and other décor can really stand out in the kitchen.
  • If you like a classic look, opt for a one-color scheme
  • If you want to bring attention to the backsplash, it’s all about contrast. Dark tile? Light grout! Light tile? Dark grout! This contrast in light/dark will make the pattern of the backsplash more visually interesting and can make unique shapes or tile work stand out.
  • If you like to stick with a color theme, match the grout color to appliances or décor in the kitchen.
  • If your kitchen has little natural light, choose lighter colors to keep the room bright. However, note that in sun-filled kitchen, dark-colored grout can fade.
  • If you’re unsure what colors you want to pair together, get paint samples and hold them together to get a better idea.

At Grout Shield, we sell Color Sealers that can completely change the color of your grout without re-grouting the existing grout. The sealer not only changes the cover, but it can protect your backsplash from food stains, mildew, and other dirt or liquids that may land on the grout and tile.

If you’re looking to revamp your kitchen backsplash or just need to protect your current backsplash, click here to buy Grout Shield’s color and clear grout sealers, or call 1-800-631-0716.

Make Your Grout Brand New Again with a Grout Shield Package

Are your kitchen floors looking lifeless? Does it look like your bathroom is never clean… no matter how hard your scrub? It may be time for you to think about restoring your grout. When the grout in between is dirty, it can make your entire, kitchen, bathroom, or pool area (or other tiled area of your home), look grimy or old. Most household cleaners are unable to lift the dirt out of the porous grout. So even if your tiles are clean, the grout remains dull or dirty in appearance. Unfortunately, dirty grout can also make your home smell, due to bacteria build up deep in the grout’s pore. Retiling a room is pretty expensive; Also, having a professional re-grout the floor is expensive. So, what can you do?  The solution is easy: buy grout cleaning and grout sealing (specifically) products.

At GroutShield, we sell grout cleaners and grout sealers that not only clean your grout, but they can als change the color of your grout if you’d like a change. To make things even easier for you, we sell many of our products and accessories in packages, so you have everything you need to clean and restore your tile and grout at your fingertips. Below, we have shared the details of some of our packages.

COLOR SEAL – HOMEOWNER PACKAGE #1 – COVERS 500 SQ. FT.

Includes: 1 pint Color Seal, 1 pint Undiluted Tile & Grout Cleaner, 1 application brush, 2 free chamois, 1 squeeze top, free instructional DVD, and printed Instructions ($39.95).

COLOR SEAL – HOMEOWNER PACKAGE #4 – COVERS 2 ROOMS AT 250 SQ. FT. EA

Includes: 2 8oz Color Seal, 1 8oz Undiluted Tile and Grout Cleaner,  1 application brush,  2 free chamois, 1 squeeze top,  free instructional DVD, and printed Instructions ($39.95).

CLEAR SEAL – HOMEOWNER PACKAGE #5 COVERS 250 SQ. FT.

Includes: 1 8oz Clear Seal, 1 8oz Undiluted Tile and Grout Cleaner, 1 application brush, 2 free chamois, 1 squeeze top, free instructional DVD, and printed Instructions ($29.95).

For more packages, click here.

Looking to restore your grout? GroutShield products can help you do it fast, and easy. You’ll love the results; your tile and grout will be bright and beautiful again. For more information, click here or to purchase products, call 1-800-631-0716.

 

 

 

The Basics of Grout

Let’s talk about grout. How much do you know about grout? Do you even know what it is? Or, why it’s a part of your tile work in your home? Grout is like the glue that keeps everything together. Without grout, your tiles would move all over the place. Also, grout adds an aesthetic value to the tile. You can totally change the look of the tile and room by the color of the grout you choose. If your grout is dirty or broken, it gives off the appearance that your home is unclean or old. It’s important to upkeep your grout. At Grout Shield, we take pride in our grout cleaning and grout sealing products, so we wanted to share with you some information about the grout that is in your home.

Grout is porous, which is why it can easily get dirty; it can absorb liquids, dirt, dust, and other debris. It is a cement or epoxy-based material. Grout’s job is to hold the tiles together tightly so water does not so underneath. With grout in place, it will help make your floors, countertops, backsplashes, and more stronger by bonding the tiles and keeping the edges of tiles from being chipped.

There are two different types of grout: sanded grout, unsanded grout. and epoxy grout. Sanded grout is made up of fine sand. Builders will choose this grout when seams are 1/8” or wider. Unsanded grout is a blended mix of cement and powdered pigments mixed with water.Unlike sanded grout, it is used for seams less than 1/8” wide.  Epoxy grout can be both sanded and unsanded. It includes a hardener and epoxy resin within it so it is resistant to most chemicals and stains it comes in contact with. It is used for bigger seams around ½” wide or less. Builders and tilers will choose

Grout also is pretty versatile when it comes to colors. Although you usually see whites and beiges in most homes, you can technically choose any color you can imagine to be your grout color. Your options are endless and it will definitely transform the look of your room with any color you pick. At Grout Shield, we can match any color in the world. Bring us a paint chip from a hardware store or a color from a major manufacture or the color codes on our site (here) and we can make this color happen for you!.

Cleaning and Restoring Grout with Grout Shield

Old grout doesn’t have to stay looking dull forever, and it doesn’t have to be replaced either. Most likely, you can restore it with a grout cleaner and sealer. Our grout cleaners and sealers have special ingredients and formulas that work well with grout. With our products, you can keep your grout looking clean year round and prevent it from getting dirty again. To learn more about Grout Shield’s products, click here or call 239-768-6809 or 1-800-631-0716.