There are several types of grout on the market and choosing the correct one will not only complete the installation correctly but will cut down on maintenance as well. If installed and sealed properly, it will last for the life of your tile.
Types of Grout
There are 3 basic types of grout:
Picking the correct grout for your project is a key component of a proper tile installation. Choose the wrong one and you can end up with a multitude of headaches and problems. So, which grout is best? That depends on the tile being used, the project, and your budget.
Unsanded grout is used for thin joints or where scratching the surface can be an issue. It is made specifically for joints that are less than 1/8″ wide. Most commonly used for: subway tiles, marble, granite, limestone, and some polished travertine.
Sanded grout is the most popular grout today. It is used anytime you have a grout joint 1/8″ and larger. Commonly used for: floors and large tiles.
Epoxy grout is the top of the line, works well with any size joint, and is the best choice for any tile project. It is waterproof and stain proof. It will cure quickly so a speedy application is important or else it will be unworkable. The only drawback to epoxy grout is the price. In the end, the low maintenance demands and the high durability make it worth it.
High Performance Grout
There are some high performance cement based (sanded) grouts which can be used in joints as small as 1/16″ and up to 1/2″. They do provide increased stain resistance but should still be sealed with a grout sealer.
Project Management/Design Services
If you’re planning a tile project and are not sure where to begin, contact us at The Cob Collection. We can help you choose your tile and manage your project from budget, to scheduling, to installation. Use our expertise to assure your job is completed correctly!
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Use a damp sponge with full strength white vinegar and wipe down the entire surface. For tougher stains, follow up with a small amount of baking soda and scrub gently.