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All About Grout Cleaner



The excess is wiped away with a wet sponge, leaving joints filled to just below the surface. When grout does its job — locking tiles tight, keeping out water, and giving floors and walls a finished look — nobody pays much attention. Joints wider than 1/8 inch get sanded grout — the same material, but with sand added. Today’s grouts use polymer additives, which ensure color quality and increased flexibility, allowing for joint widths of up to 1 1/4 inches. Despite their improved performance, however, all cementitious grouts are porous and subject to staining.Grout sealers come in two varieties: membrane-forming and penetrating.

Penetrating sealers, which still breathe after soaking into tile and grout, are preferable. Early epoxies were unforgiving and difficult to apply, and had just a 45-minute pot life. The new generation of epoxies contain detergents in the hardeners, which make for quick cleanup with water and improve workability. All it takes is a degreasing agent, a stiff-bristle brush or commercial steam cleaner, and elbow grease. After the grout cures rock-hard, the tiles are polished with a soft cloth to remove any “grout haze” left behind.


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The sand helps bulk up the grout and keeps it from shrinking in the joints. Those wide joints come in handy for camouflaging irregularities in handmade tiles and for bridging the varying thicknesses of tile in some patterned installations. That’s why manufacturers and installers recommend sealing grout after it has cured for a couple of days and is completely dry. The first type is prone to peeling or getting cloudy when residual moisture from mastic or underlayments pushes to the surface of the tile. Goodman sometimes invites customers to save on labor costs by sealing the grout themselves. Made up of two parts, resin and hardener, epoxy grout comes in both sanded and unsanded varieties and is impervious to most chemicals and stains. This made them fast to cure but slow to be embraced by many tile setters, and anathema to beginners. Because epoxy can discolor porous surfaces, such as unglazed quarry tiles or limestone, these should be sealed before grouting. If you do choose a bold color, grout up a sample section of tile on plywood and live with it for a few days. If you make a mistake, unsealed cementitious grout can be stained or painted after it cures (sealed or epoxy grouts will have to be removed). In extreme cases, the only cure may be to regrout or retile, but more often than not old grout can be renewed.

All About Grout Cleaner

Some spot regrouting is usually necessary — a process that involves digging out and replacing cracked or crumbled areas. Homeowners can rent steam machines, but a stiff-bristle nylon brush and a degreaser also do the trick.

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What is the standard for determining the size of a grout joint?

What is causing my grout to have variations in color?

Is there a standard that addresses color variations in grout?

However, it is important to recognize and make the end user aware of some important points. Even when the caulk exactly matches the grout color when installed, it may not match six months later (caulk will “age” differently from the grout). Mold may grow more easily on caulk (except caulk treated with mildewcide) than on grout. Silicone, urethane, or multi-polymer caulks are better choices but can be harder to apply. What is the difference between epoxy grout and mortar and conventional grout and mortar?

Often times the bond between tiles is stronger than the tile itself. First, most installers find it harder to use than cementitious grout.

All About Grout Cleaner

Also, it is much more difficult to shape and slope; this can be done easily with cementitious grout and is often needed to transition from one tile to another. Lastly, it generally takes days longer to cure and must be kept rigorously clean. Epoxy thinsets offer greater bond strength and chemical resistance than polymer modified cementitious thinset. Typically, they are only used to bond to difficult substrates or where extraordinary chemical resistance is needed. There are many things that can cause excessive deflection in your subfloor (and consequent cracking in the tile) or you may have a perfectly sound subfloor but not have prepared the floor properly for tile. Were expansion joints used in the installation to allow for normal movement?

There are several things that can cause cracked grout and we would be guessing as to the cause. If insufficient force is used while grouting wall tile, it is easy to “bridge” the joint where the grout does not penetrate to the back of the joint. Grout made with an excessive amount of water or polymer additive. Iif water is added to the mix after the grout begins curing in the bucket, the grout will be sufficiently plastic to pack but will not cure into a hard homogeneous block – rather it will be crumbly and weak. Therefore, you can see this can be difficult to assess without an on-site inspection.



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The plywood sheets should be run with the long side perpendicular to the joists (both layers). The grout should be very dry and well packed into the joints. Generally, grout fails because of movement of the substrate or improper mixing and installation of grout. The best method is to screw and glue the two sheets together.

We are often asked what is the standard for determining the size of a grout joint – can it be bigger or smaller – does it need to be a specific size, etc.

You will see that it is not specific; however this is the only part of the standard addressing joint spacing. In general, there is not a specific standard for the size of a grout joint. Ultimately, the project owner should choose the grout joint they desire, keeping in mind that a tighter grout joint will show more variation from tile to tile.



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Also, grout accommodates differences in the angle of the surface. When tiling over a hump, the grout joint opens up; and when tiling across a depression, the top of the grout joint narrows. Joints larger that 3/8″ usually need a more heavily sanded grout to accommodate the large joint. For the exact amounts to add, you should check with the manufacturer of the grout you plan to use. Tile spacing is measured between tile edges – not from the top edge of the bevel on the tile. The bevel is often a glazed surface which is intended to transition from one tile to another. Even small variations can throw off the pattern of the tile if adjustments are not made in the grout joint. Grout must adjust for these differences between tiles so understandably there can be some variation in the width of a grout joint. A smaller joint will exacerbate the differences between tiles as the human eye can readily see very small differences as a percentage of the total grout joint. As the plane of the tile changes, the grout joint allows for this change. What is causing my grout to have variations in color?

Also, how uneven the color appears can be somewhat subjective. The easiest colors to work with are the medium grays and beiges as opposed to bright colors, whites, blacks, etc. Improper cleaning of the grout and grout haze off the tile (usually by wiping too soon and with too much water). Having the thinset adhesive fill part of the joint and showing through. Mixing partial bags (this is a problem if the colorant is not evenly distributed). Dirty tools or shoes that stain the grout (we have actually had that happen to us, where workers tracked in clay on their shoes).



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Curing time is on the bag but can be up to three days for some grout. In many cases it is hard to tell exactly what went wrong by looking at the tilework. One can always remove the grout and replace it if that is the only acceptable solution. Uneven grout color is not uncommon, although in this case, the darkening may be caused by water (more about that later). Is there a standard that addresses color variations in grout?

Grout colorants work best with grout that has not been sealed. The edge of the tile also makes a difference in the success of the colorant – tiles with well-delineated edges are easier to treat than tiles with a large bevel or textured edge. The easier it is to remove from the tile (and the better it sticks to the grout), determines in part how good the finished result appears. On the plus side, grout colorants usually seal the grout in addition to changing its color. How do you remove grout that is adhered to a tile floor?

The type of tile greatly affects the difficulty of grout removal. In general, the more porous the surface, the better grout will adhere. To remove the grout, start with an alkaline cleaner and a nylon scrub pad.Normal floor tile will not be affected by a using a scrub pad, but some decorative tiles do not have the same surface hardness. If the scrub pad is not effective, there are specialty cleaners on the market that chemically attack the grout. What is the difference between epoxy grout and mortar and conventional grout and mortar?

What is the standard for variations in grout joints?

The color of the grout in my shower is inconsistent and in some areas the grout is a darker color?

How do you remove grout that is adhered to a tile floor?

Technically, anywhere there is a change in substrate or backing surface such as the joint between walks and floor and wall joint, caulk should be used in place of grout since these surfaces move independently of each other. However, when grout is used in place of caulk, the grout can cause structural and aesthetic problems. Where the grout is sufficiently strong, movement in the walls, floor, or countertop can damage the tile. In summary, caulk is the better choice, but the customer needs to understand its limitations.

We are often asked about epoxy grout and mortar versus conventional grout and mortar. Made from epoxy resins and a filler powder, the grout is extremely hard, durable, and nearly stain proof.

You might wonder why this type of grout is not used all the time. Also, it has a more plastic appearance which, as with all matters of aesthetics, some people like and some don’t. It may also slump in the joint hours after the floor is finished because the grout becomes less viscous initially as it heats up and cures. And it can cost three to eight times as much as cementitious grout. This performance comes at a price as epoxy thinset is much more expensive than regular thinset. Are there any cracked, rotted, or termite damaged joists?

Are any dimensionally unstable or questionable materials also in the tile/subfloor/joist sandwich?

It could be that a field inspection is needed to determine why your grout is cracking. This movement can cause the grout to crack, and if sufficiently severe, can cause tile to crack. This is especially true if sanded grout is used in joints narrower than 1/8″. The liquid that goes into the grout ultimately must evaporate (except for that consumed by cement hydration). The adhesive needs to coverage at least 80% in the dry areas. The joints should not be flooded with water when they are being cleaned. At least 2/3 by depth of the old grout needs to be removed when replacing or repairing grout. What is the standard for determining the size of a grout joint?

However, there are many relevant parameters that should be considered. What is the surface of the tile; can it be easily scratched?

Many people feel that a joint smaller than three times the average variation from tile to tile (or two times the maximum variation) tends to look irregular and poorly installed. Where the floor or wall is not level, the grout will slope from one tile to another. For cementitious grout, joints smaller than 1/8″ generally should only be grouted with unsanded grout, and joints of 1/8″ and larger should only be grouted with sanded grout. Some manufacturers sell a “wide joint” mix (for joints bigger than 3/8″), but you can make the same thing by adding coarse sand to regular grout. The majority of tile made today has a beveled edge and grout should not be installed on the bevel. On some tiles, the installer must “hand-tool” the grout to keep grout off the bevel. Often, the finished results look sloppy due to variations in the floor or wall and in the tile. Although 1/16″ of an inch may seem unimportant (for example, on a 12″ tile), it represents a 50% variation in a grout joint 1/8 inch wide. What is the standard for variations in grout joints?

For example, while a difference of a 1/16″ of an inch may seem small on a 12″ tile, this is readily apparent compared to a 1/8″ grout joint. Perhaps due to these variables, there is not a numerical standard to which the tile grout joint must conform. As such, variations in the substrate will be reflected in the tile layer, unless additional leveling is performed. Uneven grout color is not normal, but there can be a number of things that can cause blotchy grout. Since most grout is cement based, it tends to turn gray with time and cleaning. Improper mixing of the grout by using an improper amount of water. Using grout from a bag that was previously opened (and gained moisture during storage).Sometimes the tile itself can have a microporoisty (small pores in the tile body, especially with porcelain tile) condition that sucks the moisture out of the grout too fast or in an irregular pattern. The color of the grout in my shower is inconsistent and in some areas the grout is a darker color?

This is in part because some colors are more prone to uneven color than others due to the dyes used. In other words, the grout must be removed before the color has a chance to set. Where absolute color uniformity is desired, epoxy grouts are often recommended (they are much more expensive though) as they cure and clean up differently from cementitious grout. Also, depending on the tile, it may be impossible to allow the grout to sufficiently cure for best color uniformity and still remove it from the tile. Unfortunately, with regular cementitious grout, there is little that can be done once the grout is in place except for attempting to use a grout colorant. Grout treated with a colorant also has a different texture than originally colored grout. Typically, grout that has been treated with a colorant does not need to be sealed. Removing grout that is adhered to a tile floor can be difficult. Also, if the grout was polymer modified, it may be more difficult to remove. Make sure to check that the scrub pad is not damaging the tile.



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Always check the tile in an inconspicuous spot first in case the cleaner affects the tile.

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I have used it from low 70’s to high 80’s but it works best in the shade. I installed each rock one at a time and am not going to tear it all down and start over. The color was perfect when wet but as it dried the color faded to a light grey. When you wet the grout it turns back to the original color and to get the grey off you have to “remove the efflorescence”. It didn’t change the color at all but it cleaned my floor really well. If you want to spend an extra 5 hours or so fixing the mistakes of the grout due to no fault of your own feel free to use this product. I used sable brown grout and have pictures of the parts that dried okay and the parts that turned grey. I installed black river rock (small) above the master bathroom shower enclosure and needed green grout to match the other colors already completed in the remodel. I knew it would lighten once dried but never would have guessed the green would not show at all. Product layed down nice and didn’t set up too fast which was good. I called customer service and was told the reason the color lightened was due to efflorescence. They are sending me a free grout renewer so that’s nice but it would have been much better if the grout stayed the color is was meant to. Now we have to figure out how to stain it the color we want. I will also openly recommend that others avoid using their products based upon my personal experience. It contrasts perfectly with the white tile, just like we wanted. Can be used on all types of installations including floors.

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Want a simple trick for cleaning grout in your shower, bath, or kitchen?

I ended up with this grout cleaner recipe which only has 2 ingredients, and it worked great!

Apply the paste to the dirty grout lines and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you have a handheld shower head, use that; otherwise just use a damp rag and rinse it out often as you wipe the cleaner away. So if you’re not totally impressed with how sparkling white your grout is right when you finish rinsing it, wait a few hours until it dries!

And if you use a washcloth or rag to wipe the cleaner off, make sure it’s something that’s okay to be bleached. Luckily the grout in the house wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been in the apartment, but it still needed a good cleaning. Even if you do pretty well doing a regular wipe-down, it seems like the grout always needs to be tackled separately.Our grout looks amazing now, and it took him only about a half hour. I don’t remember what it cost but whatever it was it was worth it. It’s much easier to clean, not so many crevaces for ick to grow in.

We tried everything….bought the expensive grout cleaner with the grout sealer…scrubbing with magic eraser and bleach until my fingers burned…the list goes on and on. I am going to try it out on the next weekends and see what my bathroom will look like. Test it by buying a tester pot and paint it on just over the grout so there is not so much cleaning off before spending to much dosh.

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Debbie pointed out, make sure there is waaay waaay of fresh air… you might not get in to trouble to soon. If you want to see how easy it is to clean your grout, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the video!

Make sure you are wearing old clothes or something you don’t care about. I put together a quick video to show you just how easy it is!

I don’t have 30 different types of chemical cleaners laying around!

It has a plastic handle and a line of stiff blue bristles on one side and a wider line of softer white bristles on the other. I don’t usually like to buy weird specialized cleaning doohickeys, but this really was worth it. Lazy people like me can use an electric toothbrush with an old head!

When we built our house, we opted for a “marble” looking tub surround. This was the last ditch effort before we were going to just have the tub re-grouted. I have used it in a few rooms now and find it lasts quite a while, shower cubicles perhaps need attention more often. But it’s a really good idea to protect your eyes, even just from the vapors!

I cannot believe this chemicalreaction is good for our health though, so i advise everybode to use your brains, and not breath in de chemicals that come from blending those two ingrediënts.

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All About Grout Cleaner

That is why we want you to understand the proper usage for the product. It can also be used for cleaning grout with a grout steam cleaner. It will not normally etch marble but we always recommend that you do a test area first. This product is very strong so do not use on painted surfaces. I bought it based on all the good reviews, figuring that my laundry room floor was very typical so this should work as well as it worked for other 5 star reviewers. This cleaner brought back the original color of the grout in my kitchen to the color that was originally laid 10 years ago!



You have to use quite a lot of the liquid cleaner and to let it soak into the grout before scrubbing (about 3 mins). The other point to mention is to make sure that your head is not too close to when cleaning so that you do not get any particles in the air that can get into your eyes. I used as directed and cleaned the tile in two of my bathrooms. This acid-free formula provides you with the best way to clean grout and ceramic, porcelain or marble. Simply spray on the grout or tile and let stand for 1-3 minutes. This penetrating deep cleaner removes grease, dirt and oil that other cleaners leave behind.

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