Are you considering tiling your kitchen or bathroom? Are you hesitant to choose tile because you don't want to deal with the grout cleaning process? Really, the only downside to having tile in your kitchen or bathrooms is the fact that the grout can become discolored and it is difficult to keep clean. Fortunately, you have the option of choosing epoxy grout to finish the tile in either room.
Epoxy Grout Basics
Unlike traditional grout, epoxy grout is made of a mixture of epoxy resins and filler powder. When combined, the mixture creates an ideal product for finishing tile in high-traffic or water exposed areas. This is because the epoxy grout does not absorb moisture like cement grout does.
Unlike cement grout, epoxy grout is waterproof. The epoxy resin prevents moisture from being absorbed by the grout. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to stain the grout. So, if you were to spill a glass of red wine on your tile kitchen floor, you could easily mop it up and not have to worry about whether it had soaked into the grout. If you had used cement grout, the only way to remove the stain completely would be to have the old grout removed and replaced.
The increased protection against moisture also helps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. If you do allow moisture to remain long enough for mold to grow, you can quickly use a mild household cleaner to remove it. There will be no need for getting out the old scrub brush and spending a lot of time scrubbing at the grout and still have the black discoloration remaining when you are done.
For the best possible results, it is best to leave the installation of tiles with epoxy grout to the professionals. Why, you ask? Because it can be more difficult to work with. Epoxy grout dries much faster than cement grout does, so if you are not experienced, you could have quite a mess on your hands in a very short amount of time.
In some cases, epoxy grout needs a second application to create the perfect finish. The first layer is used to seal the deep cracks between the tiles, the second will create a smooth, completely sealed finish.
Talk with a local tile center professional to learn if they offer the product for your home. When your tile work is complete, you will be pleased that you took the time to learn about your options of grouting and chose the one that requires much less work and looks great for many years.