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  • 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 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • How to Use Grout Shield Cleaners

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    Cleaning your grout doesn’t have to be a pain. Does sitting on your hands and knees scrubbing the floor for hours on end sound fun to you? We don’t think this sounds fun for anyone. Cleaning, restoring, and protecting your grout doesn’t have to be hard at all. With the right products and tools, cleaning your grout clean be quicker, easier, and require less elbow grease than what you’re used to. At Grout Shield, we provide quality cleaners and sealers that have been helping people finally get that grime off their grout!

     

    Here is a detailed list of our cleanser products, and how to use each one. These instructions will help you easily clean away the dirty grout that you’ve been tirelessly trying to clean with other products and other ways for years.

     

    Before use: 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 look and be 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. Our maintenance cleaner comes in different sizes, depending on the size of the surface you’re cleaning.

     

    Grout Shield Grout & Tile Deep Cleaner –  For a deep clean, we offer the grout & tile cleaner. This product lifts dirt out from the pore 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 Cleaner

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

     

     

     

  • All About Grout

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    You have grout in your kitchen. You have grout in the shower. You have grout out at the pool. But, what exactly is grout? And what’s its purpose? Grout is a porous, cement or epoxy-based material that locks tiles together to keep out water; it fills in spaces between stone and tiles, which also gives the surface a better finished look. Grout makes floors, walls, counter tops, etc., stronger by bonding the tiles together. Grout also helps prevent the edges of tiles from chipping.

     

    The tiles are usually the star of the show, but grout often becomes noticed when it becomes dirty. All types of grout require maintenance from time to time.  Fortunately, Grout Shield cleaners can clean all types. Here are some details about different types of grout:

     

    Sanded grout – This grout contains fine sand; it is most often used for seams 1/8” and wilder.
    Unsanded grout – This grout is usually used for seams less than 1/8” wide. This is a smooth blend of cement and powdered pigments mixed with water.

     

    Epoxy grout – This type of grout can be both sanded in unsanded; it is resistant to most stains and chemicals, because it includes a hardener and an epoxy resin. It is usually used for tiles ½” or less. This grout is best used for heavily trafficked or exposed areas.

     

    Grout also comes in an endless number of colors. Homeowners can choose whether they want their grout to contrast with the tile, be the same color as the tile, or just be a neutral color. The choice of the color is completely dependent on the tastes of the homeowner.

     

    Cleaning and Restoring Grout
    Despite years of grim build up, it is likely most tile can be restored, and doesn’t have to be replaced. With the proper cleaners and sealers, grout can look new and future stains can be prevented or at least not affect the grout as badly as before. Grout Shield’s products can easily restore soiled grout lines to a “like new” appearance. To learn more about Grout Shield’s products, click here or call 239-768-6809 or 1-800-631-0716 to learn what to purchase.



  • 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.

     

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