Grout is the material used to fill the spaces between the individual tiles.
Grouts are available in many colors. While color is important to the final finished look of the tile installation, it has little effect on the functionality of the grout. The purpose of grout is, simply, to fill the joint between the tiles and becomes a permanent, integral component of the finished installation
There are basically two different types of Grout you can buy:
Cement Based Grout is basically colored cement and is available in sanded or non sanded depending on the width of your grout joint.
If your grout joint is Smaller than 1/8", Non Sanded Grout is generally recommended.
If your grout joint is Larger than 1/8", Sanded Grout is generally recommended
Most tile installations use Cement Based Grout. This type of grout is porous and should be sealed after installation to prevent the color from staining. Cement Based Grout should be sealed with a penetrating / impregnating sealer (often called grout sealers) which does not contain silicone, as silicone can shorten the useful life of the sealer.
Epoxy Based Grouts are chemically cured and are acid and stain resistant.
Epoxy Based Grouts are becoming more popular because they do not require a sealer and are virtually maintenance free.
LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Epoxy Grout is available at Tile Clearance, Inc.
LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout is the finest grout available. LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout offers the high performance, color uniformity, durability and stain resistance of an epoxy grout with extraordinary ease of use.
LATICRETE has answered both consumer and installer expectations on how grout should perform.
The optional LATICRETE SpectraLOCK Dazzle component adds metallic and Glow-in-the-Dark enhancements.
Below are some features of LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Epoxy Based Grout:
- Maximum stain resistance
- Meets ANSI A118.3
- Improved physical properties, stronger and more durable
- Easy to install; never needs sealing
- Working time of 80 minutes
- Inhibits the growth of stain-causing mold and mildew with Microban
- Can be used on floors and walls
- GREENGUARD certified, low VOC (Click Here)
- Ceramic tile and stone applications
- Interior and exterior on floors and walls
- Residential and Commercial
- Swimming pools, fountains and permanent wet areas
- Ideal for regrouting applications
- Refer to Data Sheet 685.0 for limitations
Neither sealing the grout nor using a 100% Epoxy Grout will guarantee against surface build-up or discoloration of the grout. Grout needs to be cleaned on a periodic basis to remove any surface build-up. Routine grout cleaning can be done with a daily concentrated household or commercial cleaner depending on the application. When heavy duty grout cleaning is required, you will need to use a professional strength Tile & Grout Cleaner that is capable of removing grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew stains, algae, and synthetic or acrylic waxes from the grout joints. This type of product can be purchased from Tile Clearance, Inc.
Grout Color Restoration:
When grout has been stained to the point that it cannot be maintained or returned to its natural color, you can return the grout back to its original color or any other color through the use of a "grout stain". Grout Stains are epoxy-based products that are specifically designed to penetrate into the grout and seal the surface with a permanent color. Once the grout has been stained there is no need to seal it any further with a penetrating / impregnating sealer. Prior to staining, the grout joint should be cleaned thoroughly to remove any dirt, oils, grease or sealers with a professional strength Tile & Grout Cleaner. This can be purchased from Tile Clearance, Inc.
Penetrating / Impregnating Sealer:
The application of a good quality penetrating / impregnating sealer into the grout joints of a Cement Based Grout will not change the natural color of the grout, but will prevent the penetration of moisture, simplify maintenance, and help prevent staining or discoloration. Only the grout needs to be sealed, not glazed floor or wall tiles. Grout can be sealed seventy-two hours after installation.
There are different grades of penetrating / impregnating sealers, therefore the useful life and price will differ between a low quality and high quality sealer. You may need to reapply the sealer on an annual basis depending on the sealer quality, traffic patterns, and maintenance routine. Some sealers have multiple year warranties for useful life. Refer to the manufacturer warranty, technical & product information for specific details on product installation, useful life, and product applications (including any warnings) before use. These types of sealers can be purchased online from TileStoreOnline.com
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