Holding it all Together: The Art of Grouting
Grout is an important component of tiling. It holds tiles together, preventing moisture and water from getting into the layers underneath. Grout also forms a strong network around the whole structure, helping keep every tile in its place as well as safe from cracks or chips.
At West Michigan Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, we offer professional tile cleaning services for bathrooms, kitchens, and other tiled surfaces in homes or commercial spaces. To ensure your tiles stand the test of time, it’s important to understand the four basic types of grout used for ceramic tiles. The wider the joint, the coarser the sand must be. The sand prevents the grout for ceramic tile from shrinking and cracking.
1. Unsanded grout for ceramic tile: Used for wall tiles where the grout joint is less than 1/8” wide.
2. Finely sanded grout for ceramic tile: Used for floor tiles where the joints are 1/8” to 3/8” wide.
3. Quarry-type grout for ceramic tile: The same as finely sanded grout except that a coarser grade of sand is used. The quarry-type grout for ceramic tile is used for joints that are 3/8” wide to 1/2” wide.
4. Epoxy grout for ceramic tile: Consists of an epoxy resin and hardener and is highly resistant to stains and chemicals, with tremendous bonding strength. It is ideal for countertops and other areas susceptible to stains.
To prevent or limit staining problems in grout, latex additives or sealers are recommended. The latex additive forms a rubber-like film over the pores in the grout for ceramic tile, thus limiting its tendency to absorb stains. However, it is not completely stain proof. And that’s where West Michigan Carpet Cleaning & Restoration comes in. Our professional tile floor cleaning experts use a combination of cleaning solvents and equipment that are gentle enough to protect your tiles and grout, yet strong enough to take care of even the most caked on grime and dirt.
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