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  • Keep Your Grout Clean for the Kids

    Kids make messes – it’s what they do! However, if we ignore these messes, they can breed germs and bacteria, especially if the messes get into the tile and grout. If you have a baby or toddler at home, you know they love to crawl, sit on the floor, and put anything in their mouth that fell on the floor (like a pacifier). With children around, it’s essential you make sure your grout and tile are clean year-round, so your little one isn’t picking up germs.

    Grout is porous, so it absorbs basically everything it encounters. Grout is a good breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. When your child spills a drink or drops food or even if you’re walking through the house with shoes on, you’re spreading germs. Salmonella, listeria, and E.coli can easily spread in the kitchen or bathroom from foot traffic or spills. A 2014 study by Aston University in England revealed that bacteria transfers on dropped food from tile surfaces.

    The more (and better) you clean your tile and grout, the less bacteria there will be to spread.

    if your floors haven’t been thoroughly cleaned in a while, you want to use a trusted grout and tile cleaner to remove dirt, mold, bacteria mildew and stains from the grout. Grout Shield’s Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner lifts deep stains and is a great product to use if your floors haven’t received a good cleaning in a while. You will see your grout changing back to its original color. Throughout the rest of the year, you can use Grout Shield’s Maintenance Cleaner, which cleans stains and is good to use on a regular basis.

    After you clean, you want to seal your grout, as well. A grout sealer will protect future stains from your kid’s sippy cup seeping into the grout lines. You should try and seal your grout once or twice a year – over time, sealers break down due to the amount of people walking on it. If your grout and tile are sealed, the cleaning process will also be easier for you. Pick up a bottle of Grout Shield’s clear grout sealer to protect your grout and tile.

    If your grout and tile are clean, you will feel a lot better about your little one crawling, playing and putting things in his/her mouth off the floor.

    Grout shield also sells grout brushes and chamois cloths that help easily remove dirt and debris from the grout without wrecking it.

    Grout Shield’s grout cleaners and grout sealers can help your floors (and kids) stay clean! For more information on Grout Shield products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

  • How to Get Your Grout and Tile Clean for the Holidays

    The holidays are upon us! It’s a magical time of year, but it also can be a stressful time of year. Why? There’s so much to do – shopping for gifts, cooking, baking, wrapping, decorating, and of course, cleaning.

    You should to clean before, during, and after the holidays to keep your house looking great. During this holiday season, you likely will have many family members and friends in your home. You don’t want your house looking dirty with guests around, but all these guests will potentially make your house dirty, as well.

    Cleaning isn’t fun, and it’s even more not fun during the holiday season when there’s more messes and more fun around! If your floor tiles and grout need a good cleaning before Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, you should invest in a quality tile and grout cleaner and sealer. Cleaner and sealer specifically made to clean the dirt out of grout will save you time and money. You will get your floors cleaned faster, so you have more time to entertain and spend with loved ones.

    Before Thanksgiving, you will want to use Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner.  This is good to use if you haven’t properly cleaned your grout in a long time. This tile and grout cleaner is good for lifting deep stains. It helps get tough-to-reach stains out of the pores. It’s easy to use too! Just mix 1 oz of the deep cleaner with 8 oz of warm water. Brush product into the grout. Let the mixture sit on your grout for a few minutes. Then, wipe clean with a sponge. You’re done! Your floor will look brand new.

    Before guests arrive, you’ll want to apply either the Grout Shield Clear Sealer or the Grout Shield Color Sealer to your floors to seal and protect your grout lines from absorbing dirt and spills. The color sealer allows you to change the color of your grout.

    Now throughout the holidays, people will spill drinks, food, and track in dirt, water, snow, and mud into your home – its inevitable! You’ll want to clean these messes immediately, so they are easier to clean. Use Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner to keep your tile and grout clean throughout the holiday season  To use, dilute the cleaner water. Dilution rate is 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water. Then, apply to the surface with a damp mop or sponge. After application, the cleaner will start to dissolve grease, dirt, and oil. After you’re done, towel dry the area. The maintenance cleaner comes in different sizes for smaller or bigger rooms.

    if you use these products throughout the holiday season, you’ll be getting lots of compliments on how clean and beautiful your home looks. The best part? You don’t have to spend hours scrubbing! These grout cleaners and sealers work!

    For more information on Grout Shield grout cleaning and grout sealing and tile products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

  • Use Real Grout Cleaner and Not Regular Household Cleaners

    You just looked at the tile in your kitchen and bathrooms. Gross. They need a good scrubbing. You go into the cabinets and pull out a bunch of cleaning supplies. You get your mop and sponge out and start scrubbing away. You scrub, you scrub, and you scrub. The tile doesn’t look shiny and the grout is still dirty. How can this be happening?

    Well, you’re probably not using the right grout and tile cleaner. In fact, you may be using chemicals that actually harm your tile and grout lines. At Grout Shield, we make quality grout cleaners and grout sealers, so we wanted to share with you how not to clean your grout. The following are some chemicals/cleaners that can be wreaking havoc on your tile and grout.

    • Homemade cleaners with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can help clean your tile and grout, but they won’t work well at lifting deep stains or dark discolorations.
    • Chemical-filled grout and tile cleaners can damage the tile and flooring in your home. Cleaners with ammonia can damage the finish on tiles and grout
    • Bleach, although it can remove stains and mold from grout, it also can destroy your grout by causing it to crack and crumble. Bleach gets rid of the color of the mold, but not the mold itself, so you’re not actually cleaning your grout with bleach.
    • Acidic cleaners, like vinegar, will take the shine and finish off the tile and grout. Vinegar and other acidic cleaners can also discolor the grout lines and tile.
    • You should never scrub your grout. If you scrub your grout, you’re wearing away the top layers of the grout and weakening it, which can cause it to crack or break.

    Grout Shield sells a Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner and a Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner both products are great at lifting stains and dirt from the pores in the grout.

     

    Use Real Grout Cleaner 

     

    Stop wrecking your grout and tile with the wrong cleaning supplies. It’s time to invest in a quality grout cleaner. You don’t’ want to wreck your whole floor and have to replace it just because you used the wrong cleaner! Use Grout Shield products that actually lift stains and clean grout. You don’t ant to use a product that just makes the problem.

    Grout Shield’s cleaners are easy to use.

     

    To learn more about grout cleaner, click our grout cleaner page or call 239-768-6809 or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716 with any questions.

  • Grout Problems and How to Fix Them

    Grout can make or break the look of room in your home. Dirty grout can make a clean room look dirty and a new room look old. You can scrub for hours and grout can still look dirty – grout is a funny thing like that. Grout is porous, which means once it absorbs all kinds of filth, it can be hard to get that filth out. Regular household cleaners don’t work well when cleaning grout, and many harsh chemicals can wreck and break the grout.

    As a grout products company we wanted to share with you some common problems with grout, and what you can do about it to fix it, because grout is everywhere, so you must learn how to properly care for it!

    • Grout is porous. It absorbs anything that it encounters from dirt and mud to food and water.
    • Grout is hard to clean because it sits lower than the tile surrounding it.
    • Grout will darken over time if not properly cleaned and/or sealed.
    • Grout is hard to clean.
    • Epoxy is the easiest grout to clean because it is the least porous grout.
    • Mopping can potentially stain your grout.
    • Mops can leave bacteria in your grout.
    • Grout is a breeding ground for bacteria.
    • Grout can easily be wrecked by steel wool, coarse brushes, acidic cleaners, and bleach.

    To sum up, grout is basically hard to clean, but it doesn’t have to be… not with Grout Shield’s grout products. Grout Shield created special grout cleaners that break up tough stains and lift them out of the pores. The Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner cleans stains in the grout, and it is perfect to use regularly to keep your grout clean year-round. Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner is great at lifting deep stains, especially if you haven’t properly cleaned your tile in a while.

    Grout shield also sells grout brushes, and chamois cloths that help easily remove dirt and debris from the grout without wrecking it.

    Grout Shield’s grout cleaners can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to cleaning your grout. For more information on Grout Shield products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • Things to Know About Grout

    How much do you know about grout? You probably know that it holds tiles together. You may even know it’s porous. If you have grout in your home, you most definitely know it gets dirty, but how much do you actually know about grout? At Grout Shield, we know all about grout (since we create and sell grout cleaning and grout sealing products), so we wanted to share some grout info with you.

    • If you are using grout in a high-traffic area, use epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is durable and the most resistant to stains and water damage. Epoxy works great in kitchens and bathrooms.
    • If used outside, epoxy grout can easily fade.
    • If you want to use epoxy grout, hire a professional to grout and tile the floor or backsplash. Epoxy grout sets fast, so you have little room for error or time to adjust the time or grout.
    • Epoxy grout is the most expensive grout.
    • Epoxy grout doesn’t need a sealer, but sealing all grout is a good idea.
    • Sanded grout is a cement-based grout with sand in it.
    • Sanded grout is more resistant to cracking and shrinking
    • Sanded grout is good in wet areas, because it is not as slippery.
    • Sanded grout is good for grout lines wider than 1/8 of an inch.
    • Sanded grout sets slower than epoxy grout.
    • Non-sanded grout is good for grout lines smaller than 1/8 of an inch.
    • Non-sanded grout is sticky, which makes it good to use on walls.
    • You should seal your grout if it is cement-based.
    • Dark grout hides stains.
    • Dark grout fades easier.
    • Dark grout can stain light tiles.

    At Grout Shield, we offer any color you can think of to re-color and seal your grout. Click our grout color page to see all your grout color options.

    Since grout is porous, it is prone to getting dirty. You’ll want to seal it to protect it from absorbing dirty and liquids. At Grout Shield, we have our clear grout sealer and our color grout sealer that will help protect your grout year-round.

    Keep your grout from getting dirty with Grout Shield’s grout sealers and grout cleaners. For more information on Grout Shield products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • Get Your Grout and Tile Ready For Fall

    September is here – that means fall is about to make its arrival. Across the country, fall is a beautiful season. Temperatures are cooler, humidity drops, and the trees and plants start changing beautiful colors. Although, the downside to fall Is there’s a lot of debris on the ground, and potential inclement weather coming with winter right around the corner. Leaves. Mud. Branches. Snow. Grass. All these things can easily can trekked into the house from our shoes and belongings.

    During the season, our tile and grout can take a beating. The dirt and wetness can easily seep into our grout and stain both the tile and grout. Your beautiful floors can begin to look old and dirty quick. That’s why it’s essential for you to take the time to prepare your tile and grout for the dirtier seasons. Cold, wetness, mud, snow, and more, can all be damaging to your grout and tile. You don’t want any of these things to ruin your floors, because it can be a financial burden to retile and grout a room.

    Before the cooler months hit, you should invest in a grout and tile cleaner and sealer that will protect your floors year-round. The cleaner will help rid the tile and grout of dirt/mold/mildew build up and the sealer will protect the tile and grout from absorbing the grim that darkens and wrecks the tile and grout over time.

    For quality grout and tile products, go with Grout Shield. Grout Shield’s product’s formulas are specifically made to clean and protect tile and grout. With Grout Shield, you won’t have to spend hours scrubbing and the products go for a great price!

    Here are some Grout Shield products you should invest in this fall:

    Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner – This is a neutral pH-cleaner that helps the grout lines become renewed and clean. It is a non-combustible, fast-acting concentrate. This can be used throughout the year to clean your tile and grout. To use: Dilute in water. Dilution rate is 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water. Then, apply to the surface with a damp mop or sponge. After application, the cleaner will start to dissolve grease, dirt, and oil. After you’re done, towel dry the area. The maintenance cleaner comes in different sizes for smaller or bigger rooms.

    Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner – If you really need a good cleaning, this is the best product to lift deep stains. This product lifts dirt out from the pores of the grout. To use, mix 1 oz of the deep cleaner with 8 oz of warm water. Brush product into the grout. Let the mixture sit on your grout for a few minutes. Then, wipe clean with a sponge.

    Grout Shield Color Sealer – This sealer allows you to match or change the color of the existing grout without having to remove any of the grout. With a new grout color, you can easily change the whole look of a room. It re-colors and seals your grout. It protects your grout from everything it encounters from water to mud.

    Grout Shield Clear Sealer – This clear-colored sealer protects tile and grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored. If you want to keep the grout color you have, choose the clear sealer.

    Grout Shield’s grout and tile cleaners and sealers are easy to use and affordable. You can have your home looking fresh, clean, and practically new in no time! Your home will be in tip-top shape for the upcoming holiday  and winter season after using Grout Shield’s products. For more information on Grout Shield grout and tile products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

  • 9 Reasons to Clean Your Grout

    It’s time to clean your kitchen and bathroom. When you need to clean, what comes to mind? Mopping? Wiping down counter tops? Scrubbing the shower? How about cleaning your grout? Grout shouldn’t be on the back burner when it comes to items to clean in your home. If grout isn’t clean, it can make your entire room look dirty, even if it isn’t.

    Don’t waste your time cleaning your rooms from top to bottom if you’re going to ignore your grout lines. Your grout should be maintained throughout the year. At Grout Shield, we make grout cleaners, grout sealers, and grout restoration products to help keep our grout looking renewed and clean. For this article, we wanted to share with you some reasons on why you should clean your grout and maintain it regularly.

    • Grout is porous, and it absorbs everything it encounters like a sponge. Because of this, a lot of bacteria and germs can linger in the grout lines, so it is essential to clean it.
    • Grout can turn black or brown if not cleaned properly or regularly.
    • Grout can start to smell if not properly cleaned.
    • Your floors/countertops/backsplashes will last longer. If Grout isn’t cared for, it can be compromised and break, which can lead to the tiles moving and breaking around it, as well.
    • Your floors/backsplashes/countertops will look newer.
    • Dirty grout can be bad with people who have allergies, asthma, or respiratory problems since grout can collect dirt, dust, and allergens.
    • Grout-specific cleaners and sealers, like from Grout Shield, won’t damage your grout like regular household cleaners.
    • It preserves your home’s value.
    • Grout can hold mold and mildew, which not only looks gross, it can make you and your family sick.

    Preventative care with grout will help your grout stay looking good year-round and keep you from having a dirty looking room that need fixing. The Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner cleans stains in the grout, and it is perfect to use regularly Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner is great at lifting deep stains.

    As you can see, there are many reasons to clean your grout regularly! Grout Shield grout cleaners are easy to use, and can get your grout clean with less effort. You will save time and money with Grout Shield’s grout products. For more information on Grout Shield products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

  • Caring for Your Shower Grout

    Your shower gets used and abused! Think about it. Your shower gets used daily, and if you have a family you could have anywhere from 3 to 12 showers a day! That’s well over 1,000 times a year. That’s a lot of usage!

    Over time, the tile and grout lines get dirty. A combination of soap, dirty, mold, and mildew will accumulate on both the tile and the grout. The grout, being porous, will absorb all these elements and become discolored.

    If you are unsure of how to clean your grout, don’t rely on the search engines online to give you proper cleaning methods. Regular soaps and water will “clean” your tile, but they won’t make your grout look cleaner. Vinegar and ammonia will potentially ruin your tile. With these products, you’ll spend hours scrubbing with little success.

    If you routinely clean your shower with a proper tile and grout cleaner, you’ll get to avoid costly repairs or renovations. Most products out there contain harsh chemicals that may look like they’re cleaning your tile and grout but they’re actually wearing down your tile’s shine and your grout’s repellency. Once a grout’s seal is gone, it will absorb anything it comes in contact with. It will be full of water, soap, debris, dirt, mold, mildew, and more! So not only is it dirty, it’s full of germs, as well! It can even start to smell!

    If your grout is “permanently” stained, you don’t have to retile and re-grout your bathroom, but rather, use Grout Shield grout products, which are specifically formulated to clean grout.

    Here are some Grout Shield’s products that will help clean your grout and tile:

    Herea aj Grout Shield Color Sealer – This sealer allows you to match or change the color of the existing grout without having to remove any of the grout. It re-colors and seals your grout, so it’s protected from the elements.

    Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner – If your bathroom needs a good clean, get the maintenance cleaner. To use, dilute the cleaner in water, damp your mop and towel dry.

    Grout Shield Restoration Kit – If you need to clean and seal, get this kit. It will help you fully restore your bathroom.

    The kits come in different sizes and include: cleaner, sealant, colors, chamois, brushes, and instructions.

     Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner –  This is great at lifting deep stains.

    Grout Shield grout cleaners and sealers are easy to use, and actually get your bathroom tile and grout clean with less effort. You will save time and money with Grout Shield’s grout products. For more information on Grout Shield products, click our grout products page, or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

  • Why Should You Clean Your Grout?

    Why should you clean your grout? It’s simple: dirty grout is unsanitary. Of course, dirty grout lines are also unsightly, but they’re also loaded with germs. Grout is a porous substance, which  easily absorbs liquids, dirt, crumbs, debris, and more. The grout can be loaded with bacteria.

    Your floor grout lines come in contact with so many things including your bare feet, shoes, socks, paw prints, chemicals, food, makeup, and more. If you don’t have a grout sealant and a proper grout cleaner, these grout lines will become stained, and even smell bad! Bacteria and other germs can be living deep in the grout because it hasn’t properly been cleaned.

    To truly clean your grout, you need a proper grout cleaner and sealer. These products will make your grout clean and fresh while restoring it to its original color. You don’t want to have yourself or a loved one come in contact with an unsanitary floor or space. Even the bathroom grout lines can easily absorb and harbor germs, mold, and bacteria. Don’t risk your health! Clean your grout right!

    Dirty grout can be very difficult to clean and keep clean. Every substance is deeply absorbed.  With the right grout cleaner and sealer, this process becomes a lot easier. You can spend less time and money cleaning the grout, and more time enjoying your beautiful home and loved ones.

    So, how should you clean your grout lines? First, sweep the floor to remove any loose dirt or debris 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, then scrub the area with a grout or bristle brush. After you scrub the dirt away, use a clean rag to wipe away any remaining grout cleaner.

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

    Keep Your Grout Clean

    Cleaning keeps germs away, so you shouldn’t overlook cleaning your grout. After you use Grout Shield’s grout cleaner, ongoing maintenance and restoration is key to keeping these germs at bay. Grout Shield’s grout sealers, as well as our grout 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 1-800-631-0716.

  • Get Your Stone and Slate Clean for Summer

     

    Summer is the time for outdoor get togethers, BBQs, pool parties, bonfires, and more! You will be spending a lot of time outside your home, particularly in the backyard, so not only is it important for your landscaping to be looking its best, but your tile work should too! You don’t want your guests stepping on or looking at dirty and dull stone or slate tiles.  You want to properly clean it, so your backyard can look stunning!

    Stone or slate tile work gives your yard a natural, beautiful look. These tiles don’t come cheap, so it makes sense that you care from them properly, so they don’t need to be replaced quickly. Just like regular ceramic tile, stone tile and the grout around it can absorb dirt and liquids, which stain and dull both the tile and grout. Even if its outside in the elements, dirty tiles don’t look good! You should protect your tiles with a proper grout and tile cleaner and grout sealer to keep them looking great throughout the year.

    With stone tile, it’s important to invest in a proper tile cleaner. Many cleaners out there contain ammonia and bleach, which will damage stone. After cleaning away the dirt with a proper grout and tile cleaner, like Grout Shield’s grout and tile 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. This grout color sealer 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 grout sealer. Notice how well it brightens and restores the surface to its original condition!

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

    Restore Your Stone or Slate Tile

    Is your stone or slate tile in need of a pick me up? Do you want your stone tile to look new again? You can get that same look back. Grout Shield tile and grout cleaners and sealers can clean and protect your grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored.

    If you’re not sure what grout product to use, our grout and tile 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 grout restoration contact page or call us at 1-800-631-0716.

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