Tips for Grouting Tiled Floors
Tile is a hugely popular commercial flooring option for most businesses, especially in high foot traffic areas or rooms that need to be easily sanitized such as public restrooms. Tile flooring comes in just about any color, style, or design your mind can imagine all while remaining a more affordable flooring choice. Tile is easily maintained with regular sweeping and the use of the two-bucket mopping system will keep your tile looking new. However, tile has to be installed with a mortar or paste for filling crevices between each tile. This paste is more commonly known as grout. There are four basic types of grout for ceramic tile: unsanded, fine sanded, quarry type, and epoxy. Each type of grout is used for different locations, such as tiling on the wall vs. tiling on the floor, and dependent on the width of space between tiles. Installing tile and grout can be easily managed, even for first timers, but it is important to keep these tips in mind to avoid any mess-ups.
Three Tips for Grouting Floors
- Mixing is crucial, it is all about consistency. Before you apply tile grout to your floor surface, you must first mix it to the proper viscosity. Part of this process is known as slaking, which entails mixing and then allowing your grout to set for 10-15 minutes. This provides enough time for moisture to distribute evenly throughout all dry ingredients. Next, mix one more time making slight adjustments with the addition of powder or water to achieve a consistency similar to that of mayonnaise. Make your adjustments delicately, as it’s a fine balance to achieve.
- Grout small areas at a time. Grout is made to harden to a rock-like solidity in a relatively short amount of time, so it’s imperative that you don’t spread too much at once. Otherwise, you might find yourself scrambling to wipe tiles clean, compromising the quality of the overall job in the process. Keep yourself limited to a small area, performing all grouting, shaping and cleaning completely before moving on.
- You might need a sealer. If you are installing on a porous ceramic tile, quarry or stone, it’s important to use a sealer or grout release before grouting. Otherwise, the grout itself will stick to the tile with little chance of proper cleaning. After the grout has set for a day, you can do a final polish and clean with cotton cheesecloth. It will help remove the stubborn residue left behind.
To keep your tile flooring look fresh and new, you need to have your grout properly cleaned by professionals. Machines and cleaners specifically made for tile and grout provide a high-pressure water and vacuum combination that extracts dirt deep within the pores of your grout. After a good deep cleaning, it is always suggested to then seal your tile and grout. Sealants act as a protective barrier from spills and stains, and will actually aid in making future cleanings no sweat. Getting your grout professionally cleaned will not only help the overall appearance of your flooring, but also protects your investment and ensures your floors will look great for many years to come.
No matter what type of flooring you have installed, whether it be tile or carpet, contact the professionals at The Floor Care Company to handle all your flooring needs from installation to routine cleanings.
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