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  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Don’t Forget to Seal Your Grout!

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    You just had your bathroom floor retiled. It looks perfect! You definitely want it to look this way forever. As the contractor finishes, you ask him if it needs to be sealed. There is a chance he may say, “No,” and there are a few reasons for this. One, he may have used an epoxy-based grout, which is a water-resistant material that doesn’t require a sealer. He may have used a grout that has a sealer in it. He may just personally feel the grout doesn’t need to be sealed. He may not feel like coming back. Or, he may tell you it needs to be sealed, but not yet.

    You DO want to seal the grout. But after an installation, it is best to wait a bit to put a sealer on the area. You want to allow the new grout to cure 48 to 72 hours before sealing. Right before you seal, double check the entire area and make sure none of the grout lines aren’t cracked or compromised in any way.

    The short time it takes to apply a grout sealer is something worth investing in. It’s a simple job. If you don’t apply a sealer, you run the risk of mold living in the grout or discolored and stained grout lines. That new bathroom floor you just had done? It could easily look old in a matter of days if not properly sealed. One small spill can ruin the entire look of the room.

    The bathroom is home to so many different liquids and dirt that can compromise your grout, including: mud, water, mouthwash, toothpaste, makeup, perfume, and soap. By sealing your grout, you will preserve the color of the grout from these products. The grout sealer soaks into the grout creating a barrier against anything that comes in contact with the grout.

    Depending on how much foot traffic goes on in your bathroom, you’ll want to reseal the area every six to 12 months.

     

    Sealing grout is important. If you don’t, dirt and liquid stains may become permanent, and all that money and time that went into your bathroom floor was for, essentially nothing. Grout Shield sells grout sealers are penetrating sealers designed to revitalize and protect grout.  To learn more about these grout sealers, click here or call 1-800-631-0716 for pricing estimates and more information.

  • How to Seal Stone and Slate Tile

    Stone or slate tiles do not come cheap. Many people opt for stone over ceramic tile because of their beautiful, natural look enhances a room in its own unique way. Since they are quite the investment to install in one’s home, it makes sense to properly care for them so they can last you several lifetimes!

    Just like regular tile, stone tile and the grout around it can collect and absorb dirt and liquids which stain and dull them. What’s the point in spending so much money on a great stone-tiled floor or backsplash if it always looks dirty? To prevent this from happening, it’s in a homeowner’s best interest to invest in a sealer that will brighten up the tile and prevent it from looking less-than-perfect in the future.

     

    With stone, it’s important to invest in a proper cleaner. Many cleaners contain ammonia and bleach, which will damage stone. After cleaning away the dirt with a proper 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. It 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 sealer, and how well it brightens and restores the surface to its original condition:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Restore Your Stone Tile

    Is your stone or slate tile in need of restoration? Do you miss the way the stone used to look like when it was new? You can get that same look back. Grout Shield Sealers can protect your grout from becoming stained, dirty, and discolored. Not sure which product to purchase? The 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 here or call us at 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.



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