Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I change my grout color?
A: Yes. Our stain/sealing process allows you to change grout from light to dark or dark to light with 100's of colors and shades to choose from. Save thousands by updating an old tile area instead of replacing it.
Q. Should I seal my grout and tile?
A: Although grout does not NEED to be sealed, it is a wise choice. Grout is porous and without protection it will begin absorbing dirt and grime immediately after installation. Even with regular mopping. This can leave your grout color uneven and dirty.
Q: What sealers work best?
A: Most sealers on the market today, even the expensive ones, only provide stain resistance. Stain resistance means you have a little more time to pick up a spill, but it's just not enough protection for most homeowners. Just sealing grout doesn't make it stain proof. Stain/sealing creates a long-lasting, durable layer of protection that prevents dirt and spills from absorbing into your grout. Your original grout color is "locked in" while dirt and stains are "sealed out". Common household spills can be easily wiped away leaving the grout looking like the day it was installed.
Q. How long does it take to dry?
A: Allow 2 hours before light foot traffic. Keep grout dry for 7 days after initial clean-up. Avoid scrubbing grout for 20 days.
Q. How long will a project take?
A: 95% of all our projects are completed in one day.
Q. How should I maintain my ceramic tile?
A: Ceramic tile should be maintained using a neutral PH tile and grout cleaner. Harsh cleaners like bleach, ammonia and vinegar should be avoided and can damage grout.
Q. Does grout have to be cleaned before stain/sealing?
A. New grout is ready for protection 10 days after installation and does not need to be cleaned first. On older tile areas, the grout joints must be clean and free of dust, dirt, grease, oil, sealers, or coatings of any kind.
Q. What type of grouts can and can't be stain/sealed?
A. Our stain/sealer is designed to be used with all sanded and non-sanded cement type grouts. Because the stain/sealer is a water based acrylic, it cannot be used over epoxy based grouts. NOTE: Our stain sealers are designed to be used with ceramic tiled surfaces and cannot be used with natural stone. I.E. Travertine, Marble, Granite, Etc.. We can however seal these surfaces using a standard "Clear Penetrating" Sealer. Please call for details...
Q. How long will the Grout Color Sealing process take?
A. Color Sealing Protection can usually be applied in 3 to 6 hours depending on the size of the surface being sealed.
Q. How long after the Grout Color Seal has been applied before I can walk on the floor?
A. The floor is ready for light foot traffic in just 2 hours. Of course, walking on the tile and avoiding the grout joints allows you access to every room right away.
Q. What is the curing time for the Grout Color Seal?
A. The protection will take 2-3 weeks to fully cure. During this curing time the grout should be kept dry. Spills should be wiped up and the floor may be spot cleaned but mopping should be avoided.
Q. How long does the Grout Color Seal Protection last?
A. If the tile and grout are maintained properly, the protection will typically last up to 10 years, or more.
Q. How long does new grout need to dry before the Grout Color Seal can be applied?
A. The grout should dry 1-2 days before being protected with the Grout Color Seal.
Q. How is the Grout Color Seal applied to the grout?
A. We brush the Grout Color Seal protection into each grout joint by hand, usually with a toothbrush. We then remove all of the excess sealer from the tile. Next, we carefully inspect the floor and hand buff the tile to ensure both quality and a streak free surface.
Q. What is the UniGrout's warranty?
A. We guarantee all of our work for one year against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
Q. Can the Grout sealer match my grout color?
A. Perfectly. Our Color Seal is tinted to match all of the grout manufacturers colors, and can even be custom matched to fabric and carpet.
Q. Can I change the color of my grout lines?
A. Yes you can! We can change the look of your grout to match new decor or simply to update the look of your home. We have almost 400 colors to choose from!
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