July 14, 2009

How To Repair Cracked Grout

Here is a little guide I made on repairing SMALL areas of cracked grout…

Sanded Caulking: a type of caulking (caulking is a rubbery sealant used to seal all the corners and joints in a shower) which has sand added to match the appearance of sanded grout (the grout usually used on tile floors).

This is especially useful when the grout cracked as a result of slight movement or a settling crack when the grout is likely to crack again.

This is not a good solution for large areas but it is a helpful trick around door thresholds and also if you have a very small hole to fill after you do a cleaning job.

The area in question:

grout missing

Close up:

close grout missing

Sanded caulking and sponge being used:

far sanded caulking

Available at Lowes and Home Depot:

sanded caulking

After sanded caulking:

sanded caulking after

After floor has been color sealed to match:

color seal after

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July 12, 2009

I Hate Color Sealing WHITE Grout – But It Sure Looks GOOD

For those still new to the grout cleaning game:

Grout Color Sealing: Using an epoxy based or similar type of product to fill the pores and surface of a grout line to change the color and seal grout lines – a “semi-permanent” process

Here is a job I did where the customer wanted white grout. Actually it was pure white originally… the truth of the matter is that you can never get it 100% pure-pure white unless you use a color sealer.

Even then it’s best to add just a slight touch of “off whiteness” to the batch.

Pure white is a BAD because even the slightest non-whiteness from below shows through and gives you hard to cover-up inconsistencies.

Whether you can see or not… I did add a tint (a tiny bit) to the “Bright White” colorant to make it a bit off white.

The customer didn’t notice and it turned out great!

Before

Before

After

After

Here is a during photo for comparison:

During

During

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July 09, 2009

Grout Color Sealing Video – Color Sealing a Shower

Hey Guys,

This video shows a guy from GroutShields.com showing how his color sealer product works.

Basic a grout “color sealer” is a type of epoxy-ish product (their chemical make-up can vary but you get the point) which fills in the pores of the grout and covers it.

Grout Color Stains/Color Sealers (called by different names) are pretty much the best type of sealer you can get for grout because they are considered “semi-permanent” and difficult to remove.

They are more time consuming to apply than regular “clear sealers” but are worth the effort in my opinion.

I don’t particularly endorse Grout Shields as I’ve never used their product but the video is helpful…

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February 17, 2008

Cleaning and Color Sealing Step by Step

Here some pictures of the progression of the dirty – clean – color seal.

Dirty:

grout cleaning and color sealing

Cleaned:

half way through colro sealing

Color Sealed:

cleaning and color sealing

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February 17, 2008

Grout Color Sealing Job From This Week

Here is a quick 250 sq foot clean and color seal we did this week.

Before:

before picture of a grout color sealing

During:

grout job cleaning iaf this old grout color sealing feing regrouting tool

After:

after picture of color ealing restoraiton job in high pressure olyupmus 1200

Job was complete in a few hours.

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February 04, 2008

Finding the “perfect” color

I usually carry the Grout Perfect Color Kit which contains 12 colors but the customer was looking for something outside of the range of what I had. It took quite a bit of experimentation and trial and error to find the color she was finally looking for but only after concocting a hybrid color abomination sourced from 3 different grout manufacturers was I able to get it perfect.

Grout Color Sealing Choices
I was also able to use up a lot of the half empty bottles I’ve been carrying around in my truck for over a year 😉
Can anyone identifty the 3 different grout color manufacturers I used here?

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