Tile can help remaster a room and add a whole elegant look to the design. Once you pick your tile out, you will need to select a grout. Grout will complete the look while improving the tile’s aesthetics. Most homeowners spend most of their time exploring different tile options and often forget to do their research on grout. If you are looking to install grout and have some questions, look no further! We took some of the most common grout questions and analyzed them here for your convenience. Let’s take a look!
Q: What Is the Difference Between Sanded and Unsanded Grout?
A: “There are two kinds of cement-based grouts available on the market: sanded and unsanded, and there are two determining factors on which grout is best for your application. Typically, unsanded grout is preferred for small grout joints that are less than 1/8 of an inch. Sanded grout is thicker during application and can be hard to get into a smaller joint. It also dries with a rougher textured finish which can be more difficult for cleaning. With this in mind, sanded grout is suitable for further separated grout joints and provides a sturdier hold. You should not use sanded grout with high polish surfaces, metals, or glasses because the sand will scratch your tiles during application.”
Q: Can I Grout over Pre-Existing Grout?
A: “Technically, yes; however, it is not recommended. Grout may not adhere to the previous grout that was installed, and it can bleed through the old color as well as lead to cracking. It would be best to remove the old grout and install a new grout entirely.”
Q: Is Vinegar Bad for Cleaning Grout?
A: “Grout can be corroded, and vinegar is an acid. It is best to use a recommended cleaner for your grout to avoid unwanted damage. Check with your manufacturer to get the best-recommended cleaners for your product.”
Q: Should I Remove Old Grout?
A: “Grout and tiles are porous–this means both surfaces are water-permeable. Not all grout needs to be sealed; however, you should consider if it will come in contact with liquids. You can use epoxy grout which is already sealed, yet your tiles need to be sealed prior to application. Also, unsealed grout is more susceptible to staining.”
Consider your application, and ask yourself what grout will work best with your tiles. Grout can help hold your tiles in place and provide a timeless look.
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