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Better Options to Greasy Grimy Tile Grout

by Cheryl Morgan

  • March 14th, 2018 / 
  • Education

There are many issues that can affect tile grout. These can be caused by even the slightest of missteps during installation. Here are a few of the most common grout problems.

Inconsistent Color

A change in grout color from one side of the room to the other can be caused by a few different factors. There could have been an improper mix during installation. Using only part of the bag for one batch can cause an uneven use of pigment. Attempts to rehydrate grout during installation can cause the color to fade as the water will dilute the mix. Finally, using a messy sponge or dirty water to remove grout haze can cause streaking.

Cracks

When cracks start to show in grout, there are a number issues that could be at fault. The loose substrate is the most worrisome reason for cracking. A shifting floor can at best cause the grout to crack, at worst cause damage to the floor itself. Cracking can also occur if the grout sat too long before use or mixed with too much water. Grout that was not properly packed into the gap is also susceptible to cracking as well. Air pockets left under the grout will cause a fracture and create cracks.

Discoloration

As grout is porous, it is highly vulnerable to stains caused by moisture absorption. The number one cause of this is due to improper sealing during installation. This is a very common and easily avoided problem with grout.

Improper Maintenance

Grout is an often-overlooked section when cleaning. It is lower than the rest of the floor and it requires special attention that a mop cannot offer. In order to properly clean grout, you need to specifically target it with a sponge or brush and scrub it clean. This can be a hassle and many people avoid doing so, which can cause ugly unsightly stains.

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