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  • Grout Shield Keeps Floors Safe From Pets

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    Floors are the part of the home that can get the dirtiest the fastest. From dirt and leaves to spills and mold, flooring is susceptible to getting dirty fast. Now when you have a pet, your floors can get dirtier even faster. Dogs and cats can track in mud, water, leaves, grass, bugs.. you name it! Not to mention, their fur gets everywhere! Not only can pets make a floor dirty, but they can even damage the tiling or woodwork with their claws.

    Replacing a floor is an expensive project, so if you’re looking to restore your tiled flooring, the best thing you can do is buy quality tile and grout cleaning and sealing products to make your flooring look brand new again. With the right products, it won’t even look like you have pets roaming around!

    If you have mostly ceramic tile, porcelain, or stone tile work in your home, your tiles probably look fine, because these materials are harder for scratch marks (from a pet) to be left behind; however, your grout lines may look dark, dirty, and may even smell!

    Normal cleaning products cannot easily remove dirt that has seeped into the porous grout lines. However, Grout Shield offers many products that remove dirt and liquids that have deeply penetrated the grout lines, including pet urine. If pet urine isn’t cleaned up immediately, it can seep deep into the grout lines, which means your home may smell odd even after you clean the floor. By using Grout Shield’s products, your grout lines will go from darkened and grimy to bright and clean.

    Remember, dirty grout isn’t just ugly, it is also unsanitary. If dirt and urine stay in grout lines, bacteria will grow making it unhealthy for you and your loved ones to walk on.

    Ready to get started?  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.

    Dirt happens. Pet accidents happen. The best way to keep your floor and grout looking great is to seal your grout.

    Grout Shield’s Clear or Color Sealer protects the grout. The color sealer 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 and floors from your pet’s messes without spending a fortune, 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.

     

  • Protect Your Grout and Tile This Winter

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    It’s winter time – the season of harsh weather (for many regions of the United States).  Snow, salt, mud… you name it, and it will be on your tile floors. These dirty and harsh substances can make your tile and grout go through quite the beating. The wetness and dirt can discolor your grout/tile and potentially even loosen your tiles, and the salt can eat away at your tiles and grout. Not to mention, the outside temperature itself can cause your grout and/or tile to potentially crack, break, or move. During the winter, natural stone tile can easily crack or chip when water from snow, ice, or rain gets trapped in the grout or cracks.

     

    So, what can you do to save and protect your beautiful tile work (especially outside tile work) during the harsh winter season? Preventative grout and tile care! When you use the proper grout and tile sealer, your tile (whether it’s porcelain or stone) and grout lines will have a shield to protect them against wetness, extreme temperatures, dirt, snow, ice, and plenty of foot traffic. If you have a lot of stone tile work outside, stone tile is pretty porous, so they have a higher risk of being damage from ice and snow.

     

    Grout Shield offers different sealers that can help keep water from seeping into the tile and grout lines. Grout Shield offers the following sealers:

     

    Grout Shield Clear Sealer – This clear-colored sealer protects newly laid tile and grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored.

     

    Grout Shield Color Sealer – This penetrating sealer revitalizes and restores color to the grout. This sealer colors and seals in one product.

     

    Grout Shield Enhancer Seal –  Our enhancer seal is used for ceramic, slate, or Mexican tile floor to make the tiles look vibrant and new again.

     

    Looking to protect your tile this winter? Act now! Keep your stones and grout looking great! Grout Shield sealers can protect your grout from becoming dirty, discolored, and broken.  Let our Grout Shield team help you choose a product that will best work for your space and tile type. To learn more about sealing your stone tiles or for any other questions, click here or call us at 1-800-631-0716.
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  • Get Help Passing a Restaurant Inspection with Grout Shield Cleaners, Sealers

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    Keeping your home clean is a no-brainer, but keeping a restaurant clean is ESSENTIAL. Whenever you’re preparing and serving food to the public, everything and anything needs to be clean. From top to bottom, equipment, rooms, appliances, utensils, etc., must be clean and sterile…even humans need to wash up before encountering food and dishware. If things are not clean, germs can spread, and guests can get sick. Unlike your home, restaurant owners and managers must be very concerned of the cleanliness of their restaurants, because they get inspected. Failing a health inspection can do a lot of harm for a business.

     

    Of course, customers care about quality service and food, but they do pay attention to the cleanliness of an establishment. Would you want to eat somewhere that had dirty floors? Crumbs everywhere? Stains? Spills? Rats? Probably not.

     

    For this article, we wanted to discuss tile floors in restaurants, whether its in the dining area or in the kitchen. Both areas receive a lot of foot traffic; the kitchen floor also runs the risk of getting stained and dirty due to spills and splatters. Despite scrubbing and moping away, the tile can become dull and the grout will become darker over time. Why? Well, grout acts like a sponge and it absorbs any liquid/dirt it comes in contact. Your beautiful white grout could now look very brown. Despite how much you clean it, it may not be enough, and it could look dirty. The solution? A proper tile and grout cleaner and sealer can help your restaurant’s tiles and grout look pristine year-round.

     

    Restaurant floors can be difficult to maintain considering guests and staff drag in a lot of outside dirt, water, debris; the kitchen has its own messes that can dirty grout and tile like grease. Over time, the grease and dirt build up can make a restaurant look old, dirty, and grimy. No one would want food served from a place like that!

     

    With Grout Shield grout cleaners and grout sealers, you can finally remove all the dirt and stains from the tile and seal them, so it will be harder for them to become dirtier. This means, you will have an easier time maintaining them throughout the year. No more scrubbing for hours! Your employees can spend more time doing other things besides scrubbing or mopping the floor.

     

    By using Grout Shield’s products, your restaurant will be able to pass the sanitary standards, so you won’t risk paying a fine, losing customers, or even shutting down. Dirty floors can attract bugs and rodents (which is definitely a sanitary no-no) so cleaning them regularly with quality products is critical.

     

    Here is an example of some of Grout Shield’s products that can turn your restaurant’s kitchen from drab to fab.

     

    Grout Shield Color Sealer – This product allows restaurant owners/staff to match or change the color of the existing grout without having to remove any of the grout. With this product, any color is possible. It also protects the grout from absorbing dirt or liquid, since it is sealed. You can even change the whole look of a room with a grout color change!

     

    Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner – If your restaurant floor grout is dirty and you’re happy with the same color, this cleaner is what you need for the job. Dilute the cleaner in water, damp your mop and towel dry.

     

    Grout Shield Restoration Kit – For restaurants owners, this may be your best bet. This kit is the best way to fully restore a floor. Grout Shield offers seven different package kits to help restore the look of grout. Each kit’s contents vary depending of the size floor you intend to clean. The kits include: cleaner, sealant, colors, chamois, brushes, and instructions.

     

    Although you need more than a clean floor to pass a restaurant health inspection, Grout Shield products can definitely clean and restore your floors and have them shining again. For more information on Grout Shield products, click here, or call 239-768-6809 or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716. 

  • Transform A Room with Grout Color

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    Grout isn’t just a filler on the floor, walls, or counters keeping the tiles together; it’s also more than a just a medium that keeps tile from cracking. It can also be a huge design element that pulls together the look of a room. It isn’t just important to choose the tile color, but the grout color is just as important. You want your grout color to properly complement your tile color in a way that reflects your personal tastes and desires for the look of the room. When choosing a grout color, there’s some techniques you can follow to help you make a decision.

    Matching color – If you’re looking for your floors to be the center of attention in a room, it’s a good idea to blend or match the grout color with the tile color. Why? Any pattern or details in the stone or tile will stand out more.
    Neutral color – This is a safe choice; these colors generally match most tiles and make a floor look uniform. It’s not too flashy. Colors include: gray, beige, brown.

    Contrasting color – Contrasting colors help the tiles stand out and the grout lines stand out and pop. Black tile with white grout creates a very dramatic effect.

    If you’re looking to hide dirt and stains, dark grout color is a better choice; although, dark grout colors can fade over time due to the light.

    At Grout Shield, we can match any color in the world when it comes to grout color! You can choose a paint chip from your local store or a color from a major manufacturer or any of Grout Shield’s color codes. Options are endless! Some colors Grout Shield have include: dark ash, summer wheat, light pewter, bone, pueblo, avocado, twilight, dusty rose, and hemp.

    Grout Shield’s color sealers change, brighten, and restore the color of your grout; they also seal the grout for protection against future grime and dirt. This way, your color will last and look clean 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.

  • Bring Your Shower Back to Life with Grout Shield

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    A bathroom can be a person’s own personal oasis. It’s a place to relax and get refreshed and renewed. For a luxurious look, many bathrooms are designed with stone tile. Unfortunately, stone tiles and the grout surrounding it can start to look aged and discolored due to years of moisture, soap scum, and ineffective cleaning. Your beautiful stoned looks ruined. It may even look like your shower is dirty even when it’s not. Regular cleaning products cannot undo the damage that’s been done. In fact, they might make the dirty tiles and grout even worse off! That’s why you need proper grout and tile cleaner to get the job done.


    Many cleaners out there contain ammonia and bleach, which will damage stone over time. Both grout and stone tiles are very porous, so they act like sponges absorbing all dirt and germs they come in contact with. Unfortunately, in a shower, wiping away moisture, mold, and mildew as soon as it begins to settle is nearly impossible, since the shower is always exposed to these elements. Grout Shield’s cleaners and sealers make it possible to maintain clean and beautiful bathroom grout and tile all year long.


    With Grout Shield’s Grout and Tile Cleaner, you are able to safely lift strains and clean areas without compromising the stone or grout. To use: Use a mop to distribute the cleaner over the entire floor. Allow the grout cleaner to saturate into the grout for about 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub the area with a grout or bristle brush. After scrubbing the dirt away with a few brushstrokes, use a clean rag to wipe away any remaining grout cleaner. Then, use Grout Shield’s Enhancer Seal to protect the grout and tile from future dirt and stains. The sealer will make the tiles look vibrant and new; it’s also extremely easy to use. The sealer brightens and restores surfaces back to its original condition.

    Ph-balanced chemicals in Grout Shield products truly get your tiles and grout clean in a safe way. Does your bathroom shower need cleaning and sealing? If you’re having trouble cleaning it or hate how it looks, try Grout Shield products today. Click here to view the products or call 1-800-631-0716.

  • Grout Color Can Drastically Change Your Home

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    Installing new tile into your kitchen or bathroom can certainly change the look of the room; the room can go from dated to modern in just that one switch. However, if you aren’t planning on installing new tile any time soon, or cannot afford to re-tile at this time, changing your grout color is just as effective for a big change in a room. The color of the grout can make the tile and room look entirely different.

    For example, if you have a dark tile, a light colored grout like white, ivory, taupe, sandstone, or almond, creates a big contrast. A contrast like this looks great on a kitchen backsplash; it can make quite the statement for the room. This contrast between the tile and grout will really pop and add a whole other dimension to the room. Your guests will notice!

    Darker grout colors like gray, charcoal, pewter, and even black, tone down the tile (if the tile is also dark) and make it harder for the pattern to stick out. You’ll have a very flat look with the colors being similar. Dark grout color also hides dirt easily. Dark grout color on dark tile and light grout color next to light tile creates a monochrome look and effect in the room.

    If you want to use a medium-based color, these aren’t as dramatic as a light or dark grout color. These are a great choice if you have a multi-color tile, so you can bring out one of the colors on the tile with your grout color choice. Or, these medium colors give you a chance to match another color in the room like the wall color, furniture, or accessories.

    When choosing a grout color, you’re able to complement or contrast elements in the room in a variety of different ways to truly bring together a great (and different) look to any room in your home.

    At Grout Shield, we can match any color in the world to the current grout in your home. Why? We can create any color for you. White? Sage? Ocean Blue? Pale Mauve? Camel? Concord Grape? You name it, we can do it!

    To learn more about Grout Shield’s grout colors and Color Sealer, click here. To see all of our grout cleaning and grout sealing products, click here or call 1-800-631-0716. With Grout Shield products, you can transform your home in no time!

  • Common Myths About Cleaning Grout

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    Cleaning grout and tile is a tough job. Unfortunately, using a mop, sponge or brush with soap and water (and many other cleaners) isn’t enough to keep your kitchen or bathroom floors looking brands new. Dirt, liquids, and other debris that land on the tile and grout build up slowly over the years, despite your cleaning efforts? Why? Grout is porous and easily absorbs whatever it comes in contact with. Properly cleaning tile and grout can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be with the right grout restoration products from Grout Shield.

    When it comes to cleaning grout and tile, there are a lot of common myths and misconceptions. We wanted to clarify these for you so you can better understand how to clean your grout from now on with Grout Shield cleaners and sealers so you won’t waste any more time with ways that simply don’t work.

    Myth: Using just a mop keeps grout clean.
    Truth: A mop is great for cleaning tile, but it is unable to remove dirt, debris, and stains from grout, which is a harder place to reach since stains settle deep into grout.

    Myth: Soap and water clean grout.
    Truth: Using soap and water may make the tile look a bit cleaner, but it cannot work as affectively as a true grout cleaner. Grout Shield cleaners can color seal grout that creates a beautiful color grout that resists stains in the future. Over time, regular soap and water will create a film on the grout, which will also make the grout appear not clean. Grout Shield cleaners safely removes dirt and stains from your grout’s surface and the cleaner bonds to the grout.

     

    Myth: Bleach cleans grout.
    Truth: Although beach can clean stains, it is not smart to use this product on grout. Bleach causes grout to break and deteriorate over time.

     

    Myth: Using a wire brush will get all stains out of grout.
    Truth: Wire brushes certainly are strong enough to scrub away dirt and stains on grout, but this scrubbing can cause damage to your grout. It’s best to use a Grout Shield cleaner and take a sponge or chamois to lightly scrub or wipe away debris and dirt that built up over time.

     

    If you’ve been misinformed about how to clean your grout, now is the time to make to make the change to a true grout cleaner! Grout Shield’s grout cleaners are neutral pH-cleaners that are non-combustible and fast acting. After just a few minutes soaking in the grout, you are able to easily wipe away dirt and the grout will be clean as new. To learn more about cleaning grout or to purchase Grout Shield products, call 1-800-631-0716 or click here.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Why Does Grout Crack



    Unfortunately, grout can crack. Cracked grout is unsightly and can make your beautiful, finished bathroom or kitchen turn look old and unkempt. Why is this happening? If you want to truly find out why your grout is cracking, it’s best to get the area inspected; however, there are few common reasons as to why the grout is cracking in your home.

    One reason that cracked grout happens is because of a weak grout structure. When too much liquid/water is in the grout mix, it causes tiny pinholes in the grout; after the grout dries, the grout is more susceptible to cracking because of these little holes. Cement also has to be at the “perfect” hydration level for the grout to be strong; too much water can make the grout weaker.

    Another reason grout can crack is because of a thinset (glue) that’s applied over the mortar during installed. If not enough glue was applied, it will pull the tile away from the mortar and create air gaps under the tile. This will result in broken pieces of mortar, cracked grout, and broken tiles. If there isn’t enough glue beneath the tile, the tile will loosen over time, even by simply walking on it. When you walk on it, the tile will move up and down, which will also make the surrounding grout start to crack and crumble.

    The reasons above show how cracked grout can be the result of improper installation; however overall, the major reason grout can crack is because the tile is moving. There could be a deflection in the flooring for the type of tile you have, or there has been trauma to the area.

    If there is no expansion space around the perimeter of the tiled space, the walls will put pressure on the tile causing the tiles and grout to crack. You also need to make sure your tile has proper soft joints and expansion joints to prevent improper movement from happening that will result in grout cracking.

    To fix cracked grout or improperly installed tiles and grout, you need to remove and properly install new tile; then, you can re-grout the floor. If it’s only one small area, you might not have to do over the entire floor or wall, but it’s best to get the area assessed.

    Once the area has been repaired, make sure the grout is recessed (lying below the edge of the tiles). After the tile and grout are properly installed, 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. TO learn more about Grout Shield’s grout sealer, click here or call 1-800-631-0716.

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