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  • Dirty Grout Can Make Your Home Smell

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    Have you noticed a funky smell in your home lately? Most likely, you’ve mopped the floors, gotten the carpets cleaned, lit candles, washed appliances, furniture, the bathroom, and clothing, yet the smell won’t go away. You know you’re a clean person, so why does your home have a smell that won’t go away? Believe it or not, the culprit could be your grout lines in your kitchen or bathroom. Just like a carpet, grout absorbs anything it comes in contact with. This means it’s holding on to all sorts of bacteria that can emit smells into the air. In fact, a study showed that at least nine different species of bacteria have been found in tile floors, most of which came off people’s shoes!


     

    Grout is porous, which is why it absorbs dirt, debris, and liquids so easily. Because it’s porous, it also is more prone to staining. If your grout looks dirty, then there is definitely a chance the smell in your home can be coming from the tile floor. The smell could be from pet urine, dirt, spilled coffee, or a number of other things that could have gotten on the floor. Unlike a carpet or hard wood floor, ridding grout lines of stains and smells by scrubbing and mopping isn’t as easy. Most cleaners don’t truly clean the grout or get rid of stains.


     

    Instead of spending hours scrubbing your grout lines or spending endless money on trying to clean your home, the best thing you can do is invest in a product that is dedicated to specifically cleaning and sealing grout lines. Grout Shield has grout cleaners and sealers that absorb into the grout and easily remove away stains, dirt, and anything else that’s been clinging onto your grout lines. Grout Shield offers a Grout & Tile Cleaner, a Maintenance Cleaner, a Clear Seal, a Color Seal, and an Enhancer Seal. Grout Shield’s cleaners and sealers come in different size bottles, so you are able to clean rooms that are 250 square feet up to 6,000 square feet.


     

    Grout Shield’s cleaners and sealers are easy to use, and will protect your grout line from smelling again in the future. If you’re tired of coming home to a funky smelling house, it’s time to clean that grout! To purchase Grout Shield grout restoration products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.


  • Grout Care with Pets at Home

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    For many homeowners, pets are part of their household and family. Unfortunately, these pets can make quite a mess on flooring; sometimes, dogs and cats can even do some damage to your beautiful floors. If you aren’t replacing your floors anytime soon, the next best thing you can do is purchase quality cleaning products to make your tile floors in your kitchen and bathroom look like you don’t even own a pet!

     

     

     

    If you have stone, porcelain, or ceramic tile in your home, you’re probably in good shape. These types of tile don’t scratch easily. And, pet urine doesn’t affect or harm these types of tiles like it would say to a hardwood floor; however, your grout lines might be in rough shape.

     

     

     

    There’s a good chance your dog or cat has accidentally relieved themselves on the floor before or dragged in dirt, mud, grass, or anything else from the outside onto your tiles and grout. Unfortunately, grout is porous and any liquid or solid they get on your grout will be absorbed and seep deep below the surface. Because of this, the grout can darken or change color completely. Normal soap and water won’t be able to truly get rid of what your pet left behind. Not only is this unsightly, it can become unsanitary for you and your loved ones to walk on.

     

     

     

    If you believe your grout lines are compromised from any spills or accidents from your pets, you’re not alone, and there is a solution. By using proper grout cleaning and grout sealing products, you can transform your grout back to its original color. Grout Shield Grout and Tile Cleaner will remove all dirt and stains from the grout. Just use a mop to distribute the cleaner and allow the formula to saturate into the grout for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, scrub the area with a grout or bristle brush, followed by using a clean rag to wipe away any remaining cleaner.

     

     

     

    Since you can’t prevent all accidents from happening with your pets, it’s best you seal your grout after you clean it as well, so it is harder for the grout to become dirty. Grout Shield’s Clear or Color Sealer protects the grout. The color seal allows you to change the color of the grout to any color you want.

     

     

     

    If you are looking for an easy way to restore your grout from your pet’s messes without spending a ton of money, purchase Grout Shield grout cleaners and sealers. To learn more about or to purchase Grout Shield’s products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

     

     

  • Caring for Your Pool Tile's Grout Lines

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    A pool in your backyard is your own personal oasis. It’s a spot at home where you enjoy spending time, whether you plan to go for a few laps or catch some rays on its edge. But, no one wants to spend time beside a dirty pool, right? The water in the pool isn’t the only thing that needs to be kept clean, the tile and grout all around the pool does too. Otherwise, your pool begins to look unkempt or old, and no one will want to go for a swim!

     

    The grout lines between the tile out by the pool can get just as dirty as the grout you find in your bathroom or kitchen inside your home. On pool tile grout, algae, mold, dirt, and stains can form from moisture and liquids that have collected from rainwater, pool water, and other outdoor elements. Over time, your grout lines can go from bright beautiful colors to dingy, dull line. Even if you “clean” the area, it can look like you’ve never tried to keep the area clean! Unfortunately, many products are unable to truly lift stains and mold from grout lines.

     

     

    They key to making your pool area look great again is to invest in quality grout cleaning products that can clean and seal your grout, so you can keep your pool looking clean and new all year round.

     

     

    To clean your pool’s grout lines, you will need to drain your swimming pool if any of the grout goes beneath the water. If you only have tile surrounding the pool, you do not need to drain the pool. Make sure all your grout is dry. Then, sweep away any access debris or dirt that is on the surface of the tiles and grout. Next, you will use Grout Shield’s Grout and Tile Cleaner to clean the area. Apply the cleaner to the area with a mop and let it saturate into the grout line for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, towel dry the area. After the grout is completely dry, you should apply Grout Shield’s clear or color sealer onto the area. Why? A grout sealer will protect your grout for longer, making it harder to get dirty-looking.

     

     

    If you’re tired of your pool area never looking as clean as it should, it’s time you think about purchasing Grout Shield’s grout restoration products. To learn more about these products or to order a grout cleaner or grout sealer, call 1-800-631-0716 or click here.

  • DIY Grout Restoration

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    Believe it or not, grout lines can make or break the look of a room in your house. Dirty or cracked grout can make people think your bathroom isn’t clean, or that your kitchen hasn’t been kept up in decades. Instead of massively renovating over tile floors, tubs, walls, counters, or pool areas in your home, you can do a quick cleaning, sealing, and repair job on the grout lines – this will not only save you thousands of dollars, but it’ll save you from quite the headache as well! By knowing how to fix your grout yourself and what cleaning products to use, you can have a practically brand-new looking home!

     

    To repair grout on your own, here are a few simple steps to take to fix it without hiring a professional:

     

    • --Buy a grout that matches your current grout (or as close as possible)
    • --Remove any loose or broken grout by using a grout saw.
    • --Clean the grout lines where you removed the damaged grout with some cold water and towel dry.
    • --Follow the grout instructions to prepare the mixture
    • --Fill the lines with the grout and make sure the grout is level and straight. To do this, you use a grout float.
    • --Clean the tiles with a sponge from any of the grout that may have gotten on them by accident.

     

     

    To clean the current grout, one it is all dried and in place, use Grout Shield’s Grout & Tile Cleaner. This cleaner will remove any excess dirt or grease from the old or new grout you just placed down. This cleaner will also clean and remove any previous sealer that was on the grout. After the area is done being cleaned and has had time to dry, apply Grout Shield’s Clear Seal. This clear seal can be applied to seal new or older tile and grout installations. By properly sealing your grout, it will prevent it from getting stained or discolored.

     

    If you’re thinking about fixing up and cleaning the tile in your home, purchasing Grout Shield products will make your grout look brand new again. Grout Shield even offers color options for its grout sealers if you decide you want to give a room an entirely different look. To purchase Grout Shield cleaners or sealers or learn more, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

  • Why It’s Important to Seal Your Grout

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    It isn’t enough to just clean your grout, sealing it is just as important. With the right grout sealer, you won’t even have to worry about cleaning your grout as often, if at all!

     

    Whether it’s a newly cleaned or newly tiled kitchen floor or tiled bathroom shower, you want these places looking their best. Since you spent a lot of money on a new tile job or so much time cleaning the grout, it should look great, right? Grout sealers are the best solution to keep grout looking new year around. Grout isn’t as resilient to stains, dirt, and other grime, as tile is, so it’s in your best interest to seal it for an added boost of protection.

     

    Grout is porous, which means it easily absorbs liquids and other debris it comes in contact with. Ever spill wine on your tiled kitchen counter? You clean up the spill, and the tile looks sparkly clean but the grout is now a darker wine-stained color. If there had been a sealant on this grout, you could easily wipe away the wine spill and your grout would look like nothing ever touched it.

     

    Grout Shield offers grout sealers that make the grout become impenetrable; a shield is created so liquids can no longer penetrate the porous grout.  Grout Shield offers sealers in clear and color options. If you want to change the entire look of a room after cleaning the grout, a color sealer is a great way to make a frugal, smart way to update to the room without having to replace the tile or grout itself.

     

    Of course, no one is forcing you to seal your grout after you clean it or install new tile work; however, home experts recommend that you do invest in sealing the grout. The sealer will save you a lot of upkeep time, since the grout will remain brand new looking for years. Not only does the grout stay looking clean, but the sealer helps keep away mold and mildew from growing in the grout lines.

     

    Start Using a Grout Sealer

     

    Looking to have a low maintenance kitchen, bathroom, or pool area? 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, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

  • Don’t Forget to Seal Your Grout!

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    You just had your bathroom floor retiled. It looks perfect! You definitely want it to look this way forever. As the contractor finishes, you ask him if it needs to be sealed. There is a chance he may say, “No,” and there are a few reasons for this. One, he may have used an epoxy-based grout, which is a water-resistant material that doesn’t require a sealer. He may have used a grout that has a sealer in it. He may just personally feel the grout doesn’t need to be sealed. He may not feel like coming back. Or, he may tell you it needs to be sealed, but not yet.

    You DO want to seal the grout. But after an installation, it is best to wait a bit to put a sealer on the area. You want to allow the new grout to cure 48 to 72 hours before sealing. Right before you seal, double check the entire area and make sure none of the grout lines aren’t cracked or compromised in any way.

    The short time it takes to apply a grout sealer is something worth investing in. It’s a simple job. If you don’t apply a sealer, you run the risk of mold living in the grout or discolored and stained grout lines. That new bathroom floor you just had done? It could easily look old in a matter of days if not properly sealed. One small spill can ruin the entire look of the room.

    The bathroom is home to so many different liquids and dirt that can compromise your grout, including: mud, water, mouthwash, toothpaste, makeup, perfume, and soap. By sealing your grout, you will preserve the color of the grout from these products. The grout sealer soaks into the grout creating a barrier against anything that comes in contact with the grout.

    Depending on how much foot traffic goes on in your bathroom, you’ll want to reseal the area every six to 12 months.

     

    Sealing grout is important. If you don’t, dirt and liquid stains may become permanent, and all that money and time that went into your bathroom floor was for, essentially nothing. Grout Shield sells grout sealers are penetrating sealers designed to revitalize and protect grout.  To learn more about these grout sealers, click here or call 1-800-631-0716 for pricing estimates and more information.

  • Clean Grout the Right Way

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    For whatever reason, the grout lines surrounding your tiles in your kitchen, bathroom, or pool area are dirty. Spills, dirt, water, mud – you name it – can cause your grout to look dirty and old over time. Even if you thoroughly wash and scrub your floor or shower, it still can look like you haven’t cleaned the area in years! Cleaning grout can be a pain. There is a lot of information out there about how to clean grout, and much of this information is misleading or just aren’t effective. Below, we will share with you some ineffective, but commonly suggested, grout cleaning tips, and what you should be doing instead. With the right products and methods, cleaning grout can be easier than ever.

     

    Use Bleach – Bleach is often suggested as a cleaning solution for discolored grout. Although bleach can lighten the grout, it usually is only a temporary fix, and usually only works with white or light colored grout lines. Especially in the bathroom, mold and mildew will easily return to the area, despite using bleach. Bleach can actually damage the grout.

     

    Use Vinegar –  Although using water and vinegar can work on cleaning the grout, it can take a long time to scrub the grout clean. Although the vinegar works, it can also damage the grout.

     

    Since you don’t want to damage your grout, what is best to use? Grout Shield offers grout cleaners safely removes excess dirt or grease from the grout surface, as well as any previously applied grout sealer. The cleaner bonds to the grout. Grout Shield cleaners are neutral pH-cleaners that are non-combustible and fast-acting. After brushing the Grout Shield cleaner into the grout and letting the mixture sit for a few minutes, you are then able to easily wipe it away with a sponge. The grout will be clean as new.

    To prevent this level of dirtiness from occurring again, it’s best to seal your grout after cleaning it. Grout Shield also offers clear and color grout sealers to protect your grout from future stains.

    To learn more about cleaning your grout or to purchase Grout Shield products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • How to Seal Stone and Slate Tile

    Stone or slate tiles do not come cheap. Many people opt for stone over ceramic tile because of their beautiful, natural look enhances a room in its own unique way. Since they are quite the investment to install in one’s home, it makes sense to properly care for them so they can last you several lifetimes!

    Just like regular tile, stone tile and the grout around it can collect and absorb dirt and liquids which stain and dull them. What’s the point in spending so much money on a great stone-tiled floor or backsplash if it always looks dirty? To prevent this from happening, it’s in a homeowner’s best interest to invest in a sealer that will brighten up the tile and prevent it from looking less-than-perfect in the future.

     

    With stone, it’s important to invest in a proper cleaner. Many cleaners contain ammonia and bleach, which will damage stone. After cleaning away the dirt with a proper cleaner, you can use a Grout Shield sealer to protect the tile and grout from future dirt and stains. Grout Shield products, like the Enhancer Seal, are safe to use on stone and slate. The Enhancer Seal can make ceramic, slate, terracotta, stone, marble or Mexican tile look vibrant and new. The sealer is extremely easy to use. Grout Shield Color Sealer can enhance the natural beauty of stone tile, as well. It helps bring out the tones within the stone, while protecting the stone at the same time. Check out this video below to watch how to use the sealer, and how well it brightens and restores the surface to its original condition:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Restore Your Stone Tile

    Is your stone or slate tile in need of restoration? Do you miss the way the stone used to look like when it was new? You can get that same look back. Grout Shield Sealers can protect your grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored. Not sure which product to purchase? The professionals at Grout Shield can help you choose a product that will best work for what you need based on your space and type of tile. To learn more about sealing your stone tiles or for any questions you may still have, click here or call us at 1-800-631-0716.

     

     

  • Choosing A Grout Color

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    Designing your “dream” home or adding a few updates to certain rooms can be a very exciting process. The colors, appliances, tiles, furniture can really transform a space into something special.  One aspect of the décor, that is often overlooked, is the color of the grout that will be on the floor or back splash in between the tiles in your kitchen, bathroom, or out by the pool.

     

    Grout has many functions; it locks titles together, it fills in spaces between stone and tiles, it prevents edges of tiles from chipping and cracking. However, it also is key to the design of a room. The color of a grout can change the whole look and feel of the room.

     

    The grout color (on the floor, walls, backsplashes) should be selected with a purpose in mind; it should not be an afterthought. People have many options with the grout color – they can match the grout color to the tile, they can contrast it with the tile, or go with a neutral color. Each one of these choices can create a different look for a room. For example: by matching the colors, the grout line doesn’t show much giving the walls or floor a more seamless, fluid look; the room will look very sleek. If you want your tile to stand out, contrasting the grout color with the tile is the best option. With this option, the grout frames and highlights the tile. Many people choose a neutral color (gray, beige, tan); this is considered a “safe” choice; it isn’t too bold and the color matches different styles and colors of tile and everything else in the room.

     

    At Grout Shield, we can match any color in the world to current grout in your home, or help you find a brand new color to update any room in your home. Some colors include: seaside sand, dove gray, fern, chocolate, Italian straw, bay leaf, lipstick, and many more! Check out more of our colors here. We can match paint brands like Sherwin Williams, Behr, Martha Stewart, Glidden, Benjamin More, leading grout brands, and more!

     

    Choosing the Grout Color

    Grout Shield’s color sealers not only change, brighten, and restore the color of your grout, but they also seal the grout giving it protection against future grime and dirt – so the color will last! A new color can give your room a fresh look! It can be used inside and outside. You are also able to go from dark to light and light to dark with our products! To purchase Grout Shields Color Sealer, click here. To learn more about Grout Shield products, click here or call 239-768-6809 or 1-800-631-0716. You’re just one step away from transforming your home!

     

     

  • Why It's Important to Clean Grout

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    Dirty grout doesn’t just look bad; it also isn’t very sanitary. Grout easily collects moisture, dirt, crumbs, bacteria, and basically absorbs anything it comes in contact with. Think of all the things that could possibly touch your grout: shoes, pets, food, water, poisonous chemicals, makeup, and more.

     

    Grout is porous, which is how it is able to absorb things it comes in contact with. Since it’s collecting all of this dirt, liquids, and water, it becomes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Even though you mop and scrub your floors and walls meticulously, bacteria can still thrive in the grout, because it’s been so deeply absorbed.

     

    A grout cleaner and sealer are the best solutions to getting rid of unsanitary and unsightly grout. You definitely don’t want to be walking on all those germs, or having your little child touching tiles and putting that bacteria into their mouth. All of the dirt within the grout can be very difficult to clean and keep clean. But with the ride grout cleaner and sealer, this process becomes a lot easier. You can spend less time cleaning the grout to restore it to a “like new” appearance.

     

    Since there are so many ways bacteria can land onto kitchen floor grout, we will explain the best way to de-germ this room’s grout. First, sweep the floor to remove any loose dirt or crumbs on the surface of the tiles and grout. Next, apply Grout Shield’s Grout and Tile Cleaner. Use a mop to distribute the cleaner over the entire floor. Allow the grout cleaner to saturate into the grout for 10 to 15 minutes, ten scrub the area with a grout or bristle brush. After you scrub the dirt away with a few brushstrokes, use a clean rag to wipe away any remaining grout cleaner.

     

    After you clean the grout with the cleaner, it’s a smart idea to utilize Grout Shield’s sealers to protect the grout from getting dirty, stained and germ-filled again.

     

    Keep that Grout Clean

    Keeping your grout clean is a great way to keep germs and sickness out of your home. Every time someone touches dirty grout, germs are spreading. After you use Grout Shield’s cleaner, ongoing maintenance and restoration is key to keeping these germs at bay. Grout Shield’s sealers, as well as our Maintenance Cleaner, will keep the floor clean and renewed. To learn more about Grout Shield’s products or to purchase them, click here or call 239-768-6809 or 1-800-631-0716.

     

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