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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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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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