What is Grout?
Grout is generally a mixture of cement, sand and water. Water is added to the powder to create a dense fluid which is used to bond and seal joints between tiles. It is used to attach the tile to the surface, and then to seal the spaces in between the tiles.
When it comes to grout choice, there are two grout types you need to consider for any porcelain tile project. To our customers we will always recommend flexible grout. This is because it is easy to apply and mix. Is available in a wide range of colours. It is also cost effective.
Epoxy grout has its place in the market. It is strong and durable. But it is hard to apply and requires a specialist. This makes it good for high-traffic areas, like receptions and restaurants. But this means it isn’t suitable for residential projects.
Choosing the Right Grout Colour
It’s easy to get carried away with which tile to use for your project but what can easily be overlooked is grout colour. The colour of your grout can really make or break the look of your tile. There is no right or wrong when it comes to grout colour choice, it is personal preference and depends on what you want from your grout.
Classic Colour Combinations
- White grout and white tile. This creates flow and a seamless looking surface. But can show up any stain or discolour, so can require upkeep.
- Grey grout and white tile: This helps to show the shape of your tile and add contrast. It can help the tile sing louder in the space.
- Black grout and white tile: the grout is the attention and the pattern that the grout makes weaving through the tiles is the focal point.
- Colourful grout: if you are going for a colour scheme throughout the space, then pick that hue up with the grout as well. Adds personality and a unique look.
- Grey grout and colourful tile: allows the grout to fade into the background.
- Colourful grout and colourful tile: picking matching colours for both can create a vibrant look! Bringing a bit of an international hotel appeal.
Why Does Grout Get Dirty?
Grout is a lot more porous than the tiles themselves, and so does absorb water over time. Dirt in the water and air can be absorbed into the grout and will ruin the appearance over time. Furthermore, the actual cleaning equipment you use can damage the grout. These same holes can expand and rupture when strong acid or alkaline is applied to them. This leads to the large holes growing mold and mildew. We recommend high water content cleaners from companies like LTP, who do an amazing grout cleaner that needs to be applied once every 6 months to protect the grout from any cleaning product you put on the tile. We don’t recommend home remedy grout cleaners as it is hard to control the ratios of acid and alkaline, which could result in damage to the grout.
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