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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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Clean Mold in the Bathroom the Easy Way

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    People spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so good hygiene in this area is important. The bathroom is a high moisture area, so germs and bacteria thrive in there. To keep a bathroom clean, people need to regularly clean the toilet, sink, floor, shower, and tub. However, many cleaners still leave the bathroom not looking shiny and new. Many cleaners wipe away germs on the surface, but the area looks like it hasn’t been cleaned at all. Why? Because the grout is stained!


    Layers of dirt, mold, mildew, and soap have built up over time and seeped deep into the pours of the grout. So no matter how much scrubbing or soap you use, your bathroom will never fully look clean!


    With Grout Shield products, people don’t have to deal with the sight of discolored and stained grout in their bathroom any longer. A clean bathroom can actually LOOK clean. Besides dirt and stains, mold is a big problem and culprit of discolored grout in bathrooms. Mold is unhealthy and should be removed immediately; however, it can be hard to remove from the grout. With Grout Shield Grout and Tile Cleaner, people are able to remove dirt and mold easily from any area in the bathroom. This cleaner also will remove any previous applied grout sealer allowing this product to bond to the grout and actually clean the area.


    After scrubbing away all the mold, mildew, and other dirt out of the grout, the next step is to apply a sealer so it’ll be harder for these things to build up in the grout again. Grout Shield sealers are able to resist mold and mildew. While sealing, a person also has the option to change the color of the grout at this time. Grout Shield’s sealers come in both clear and color options.


    Purchasing Grout Cleaner and Sealer

    Tired of spending time cleaning your bathroom when it still doesn’t look clean? It may be time for you to switch cleaners or cleaning methods, and restore the grout around your tiles. Grout Shield cleaners and sealers will remove dirt, germs, mold, and leave you with a sparkly-clean bathroom. To learn more about Grout Shield products, click here or call us at 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • Save Money on Remodeling by Cleaning Kitchen Grout

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    Many homeowners have a “dream kitchen” in mind. Fancy moldings, stainless steel appliances, a big island with granite counter tops – the list goes on. However, sometimes the cost of such a state-of-the-art, beautiful kitchen is extremely costly, keeping many people from taking the steps necessary to achieve an updated kitchen. Whether you just purchased the home or its been in the family for generations, there are ways to save on a remodeling job. One way: don’t replace the floor. The solution? Make the floor look brand new by simply restoring your kitchen grout.

     

    Unless floor tiles are badly damaged or broken, there’s no need for you to spend an exuberant amount of money to make your kitchen floor look great. Mostly likely, the grout is dirty. Does the image of bright white tiles framed by black lines sound familiar to you? Not a pretty sight, right? This can be fixed. To save time and money even more, you don’t even have to replace all of the kitchen grout; you can utilize a Grout Shield restoration product instead.

     

    Restoring a tile is possible and easy these days. To save even more, you don’t have to hire a company to do the job, you can easily do it yourself. With grout, you can either choose to restore/clean up the color or change the color for an entirely different look. Here are three options in our product line at Grout Shield that can help you make your kitchen look brand new:

     

    Grout Shield Color Sealer – This product allows homeowners to match or change the color of the existing kitchen grout without having to remove any of the grout. This will change the color of the grout and seal it. With this product, any color is possible. We are able to match any color you need to get the job done.

     

    Grout Shield Maintenance Cleaner – If your kitchen grout is dirty and you’re happy sticking with the same color, the cleaner is what you need for the job. Dilute the cleaner in water, damp your mop and towel dry. It’s easy!

     

    Grout Shield Restoration Kit – A kit is the best way to fully restore the kitchen floor. Grout Shield offers seven different package kits to help restore the look of grout. Each kit’s contents vary depending of the size of the job that needs to be done. The kits offer everything you need for a full restoration: cleaner, sealant, colors, chamois, brushes, and instructions.

     

    Time to Clean that Grout
    A clean floor can make all the difference in a kitchen. A new grout color might even be enough to make your entire kitchen appear brand new! Instead of tearing up the floor, a full restoration is possible with Grout Shield products. The team at Grout Shield can help you determine what products are best for your needs, preferences, and the current condition of your kitchen grout. If you’re unsure of how to apply the products, team members can answer any questions you have regarding usage.

     

    For more information on Grout Shield products in your kitchen, click here, or call 239-768-6809 or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716.

     

  • Grout Shield Testimonials

    UntitledThis is the third time I've purchased this item. The first was to do a bathroom shower enclosure in our older home, to get it ready to put on the market. The results: outstanding! It made a 30 year old tile job look absolutely brand new!We recently moved to a brand new home and saw how quickly the grout starts to get 'dirty' on a new grout bathroom floor (that wasn't sealed), so I purchased the second batch to seal the grout from new: perfection! ...so then I bought it a third time to do our Master Bathroom floor...totally awesome!I would highly recommend this great product.

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