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Case Study – Re-Coloured Grout

This month I have another case study, again courtesy of Andrew Titmuss, of Posh Stone Floors

Andrew took on a grout re-colouring job where the client has an existing white glazed tile with a dark grey grout. The client feared that it was not possible and was contemplating the horrors of raking out the grout to re-do with a white.

As most Tilers know, raking out grout can be a nightmare job, consider the following:

 

  1. It takes ages – there is no fast way, by hand takes forever, using a grinder is just too dangerous. There are special oscillating machines that make it easier, but not easy
  2. It is hard work
  3. It is not always possible to get every bit of old grout out – invariably there will be some grout left on the tile edges, and this can show through the new grout
  4. It is messy – it creates lots of dust
  5. It usually results in damage some of  the tiles – almost always a few tiles are scratched or chipped in the process – this makes a great deal more work if spare tiles are available, but often there are no spare tiles and quite often they are no longer available to buy.

 

So a grout recolouring product can be a real problem solver, refreshing the look , making it like new again, giving a uniform and consistent colour and best of all, sealing the grout at the same time.

However there can be challenges and going from a dark grey to a white, is one such challenge. The way around this is to apply two coats, letting the first coat dry before applying the second.

The results speak for themselves though, fresh, clean looking grout joints that are also sealed, oh, and one delighted customer.

Thanks for the photos Posh Stone Floors

Recoloured grout from grey to white

Grey ‘before’ & white ‘after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

close up of recoloured grout

Close Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grout recoloured

Finished job

 

Copyright Ian Taylor and The Tile and Stone Blog.co.uk, 2013. See copyright notice above.

The World’s Best Sponges – Explained

Hi All,

I’ll keep my post to a minimum this time, those wonderful folk at Sponga USA just released a video giving a great insight into just why they make the best sponges. Thought it would be good to share.

So here it is, and by the way, for European sales contact www.celtexagencies.co.uk

 

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Copyright Ian Taylor and The Tile and Stone Blog.co.uk, 2013. See copyright notice above.

When is a sponge not a sponge? – When it is a Sealer Sponge

Ok, so I thought a sponge was a sponge, but of course I should have known better. For some years now we in the tiling world have had hydrophilic sponges – sponges designed to be highly absorbent for maximum clean-up performance when grouting. They are a little more dense than a standard sponge, such as you may use for washing a car for example. But they do not make good applicators for sealers. The reason is each squeeze of the sponge causes sealers to foam up and this should be avoided. Also, most normal sponges will not hold the sealer and therefore drip it out all over the floor as soon as you lift it out of the sealer container (assuming you are using a paint tray of course), so you have no control of the flow. The hydro sponges on the other hand don’t let enough sealer out.

So I have never been a fan of using a sponge to apply sealers in general (save the sponge brushes which can be useful for grout sealing). Similarly, I tend not to recommend the use of rollers (whether sponge or fleece), but this has as much to do with the way that rollers can put too much product down and also of course there is the rolling action itself which can cause unwanted splashes.

My preferred method for the application of most sealers is a good quality paint pad, they seem to hold just the right amount of product and let it out evenly. However, I have just discovered Sealer Sponges, designed to hold sealer and let it out when you want it to. I have tried them and have to say I am quite impressed. I would still use paint pads for larger jobs but these are great for the little jobs. They are especially good for applying coating sealers with nice, flat even coats.

High quality Sealer Sponge

High quality Sealer Sponge

Copyright Ian Taylor and The Tile and Stone Blog.co.uk, 2013. See copyright notice above.

How to apply a coating sealer to terracotta

My buddy A’nge at Aqua Mix Australia has done it again, a great instructional video showing exactly how to apply a coating sealer, in this case to terracotta type floor tiles. In this video you will see exactly how to apply Seal & Finish Low Sheen for a low sheen or satin look.

In addition to this he then adds a high gloss, sacrificial coating with Floor Shine & Hardener. This will both raise the level of the shine to a high gloss (polished wax look without the hassle)  and help protect the sealer below. It is easy to maintain, and can be topped up as often as required.

Copyright Ian Taylor and The Tile and Stone Blog.co.uk, 2013. See copyright notice above.
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