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Monthly Archives: April 2018

  • Why is My Grout Cracking?

    All is takes is some cracked grout to make your bathroom go from beautiful to grimy. Cracked grout really can make a bathroom look old and dirty. Grout can crack. There are a few reasons why your grout may be cracking, so it’s best you get it inspected by a grout/tile professional to figure out why.  

    Sometimes, grout will crack when there’s too much water mixed into the grout, which create tiny pinholes. When the grout dries, these pinholes make it easier for cracks to form in the grout. Also, too much water in the grout can make the grout weaker. Grout can also crack due to thinset (glue) that is applied over the mortar during installation. If not enough glue was applied, the tile will pull away from the mortar and create air gaps under the tile. The mortar will break, the grout will crack, and tiles will break. If there wasn’t enough glue under the tiles, the tile will become loose. The loosened tile will compromise the grout, which will make it crack and crumble away.

    The cracking could be the result of improper installation or a defect in the floor.

    Also, you want to make sure your room has enough expansion space around the tile. If there isn’t enough space, the walls will put pressure on the tiles, causing both the tiles and grout to crack. Tile should also have proper soft joints and expansion joints to keep movement from happening that causes grout cracking.

    Some cracked grout can easily be replaced, while others may need new tile installation of the entire room re-grouted. Remember, if you don’t have expertise in tile or grout, call someone that does.

    If you have newly installed grout or grout that isn’t protected, it’s time to use a grout sealer to protect the grout from staining and absorbing dirt, water, and other liquids. If you just spent all this time fixing a tile area, you want it to look its best year-round. Grout Shield sealers will keep your grout looking brand new.  If you never used a grout sealer before, you’ll also want to purchase Grout Shield’s  grout and tile cleaner and/or maintenance cleaner to pull out the grime from your grout. To learn more about Grout Shield’s grout sealer and grout cleaners, click our grout cleaner and grout sealer page  or call 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • Why You Should Seal Your Bathroom Grout  

    You just spent thousands renovating your bathroom. It’s beautiful. From the chandelier over the tub to the walk-in shower, the bathroom is inviting and glamorous; it’s clean and crisp. Now if you want to help it stay brilliant looking year-round, then you need to properly seal your grout that was just installed throughout the room. Whether it’s on the floor or in the shower, you need to seal that grout to help prevent it from becoming discolored.

    When you seal your grout, you don’t have to clean the grout as often, because the protective seal keeps dirt, mold, and mildew from seeping into the grout. Grout sealers are the best solution to keep your bathroom grout looking new year around. Mold and mildew are a problem in bathrooms, but with the proper sealer, they won’t stick around!

    Grout is porous, so it’s essential that you protect it. Grout can easily absorb liquids and other debris it comes in contact with. If you don’t have a sealer, you may have noticed your grout getting dirtier and dirtier, this is because you also need a proper grout cleaner. Grout Shield sells grout cleaners that truly clean your grout; you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing anymore. View Grout Shield’s grout cleaner.

    Grout Shield also offers grout sealers that make the grout become impenetrable; a shield is created on top of the grout, so liquids can no longer penetrate the grout’s pores.  Grout Shield offers sealers in clear and color options.

    Contractors and tile professionals do recommend that you do invest in sealing the grout. It’s cheaper to buy a bottle of sealer than to re-grout your floor! The sealer will save you a lot of cleaning and possible renovation time, since the grout will remain brand new looking for years. Grout Shield’s grout sealers help the grout stay clean, and also helps keep away mold and mildew from growing in the grout lines.

    Start Using a Grout Sealer  

    Don’t hesitate! Keep your bathroom grout looking good today! Grout Shield sealers are your best bet to experience clean grout for longer! To purchase a grout sealer or to learn more about the product, clickour grout sealer page  or call 1-800-631-0716.

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