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  • Learn to Use Grout Shield Cleaners

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    Soap and water doesn’t always cut it. You could scrub and mop for hours, but if you aren’t using the proper cleaners for your tile and grout, your floors will never look clean. Besides, who wants to spend hours and hours and hours on cleaning? Why not make the process faster?

    Cleaning, sealing, and restoring your flooring and grout does not have to be a long, tiring process. With the right products and supplies, you can clean your grout faster and better. Grout Shield provides quality tile and grout cleaners and sealers that have been helping people finally get that grime, dirt, and germs off their grout!

    Below, we wanted to share with you two of our cleaner products, and how to use them.  The instructions will help you easily clean away the dirty grout that you haven’t been able to get rid of all these years.

    Before using any product: Sweep the area to make sure any loose debris is gone. A mop is recommended for cleaning.

    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.

    To use: 1. Dilute in water. Dilution rate is 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water. 2. Apply to the surface with a damp mop or sponge. After application, the cleaner will start to dissolve grease, dirt, and oil. 3. Towel dry the area.

    The maintenance cleaner comes in different sizes, depending on the size of the room/surface you’re cleaning.

    Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner –  For a deep clean, Grout Shields offers the grout & tile cleaner. This product lifts dirt out from the pores of the grout.

    To use: 1. Mix 1 oz of the deep cleaner with 8 oz of warm water. 2. Brush into the grout. 3. Let the mixture sit on your grout for a few minutes. 4. Wipe clean with a sponge.

    Purchasing Grout Shield Cleaners

    Whether there’s minor dirt or years of grime layered on your grout lines, any of Grout Shield’s cleaners can lift up any oil, dirt, liquid, debris, or grease that’s sitting on or in the grout. Grout Shield’s cleaners come in a variety of supply sizes that work well for both homes or cleaning companies.  As you can see by the instructions, the products are easy to use, and don’t require tireless scrubbing for hours. To learn more about Grout Shield’s cleaners, click here or call 239-768-6809 or call toll free at 1-800-631-0716 with any questions.

  • 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.

  • Fixing Cracked and Missing Grout With Grout Shield

    Hi again!  So, we know that you when you use Grout Shield products you can change your grout to any color imaginable.  We also know that you can use our products on any type of grout.

    Now we can really get started!

    The preparation of existing grout is the key to a successful color sealing job. Take a look at the floors and walls for cracking or missing grout.  If you see any issues, you will need to repair those areas with sanded or unsanded grout.

    VIDEO - Cracked & Missing Grout Repair using Grout Shield

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SuRd6AD8SQ

    Once the area has been repaired, make sure your grout joints are recessed. This means that the grout should be lying below the edge of your tiles or indented. If the grout joints are not recessed you can recess them using a flat head screw driver.  Just run the screw driver back and forth to scrape away some of the grout. You can also visit your local home improvement store and purchase a grout removal tool.

    Next week we’ll finish up the prep work and learn how to clean your grout.

    Go to our website www.Grout Shields.com to order or call us at 1-800-631-0716.

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