When you are making selections for your tile flooring, you want to make ones that you will love long term. Tile flooring is one of the most durable flooring choices available to you, so choose something you will like for years to come. The choices for tile and grout are endless, and can be overwhelming at times. You may not put much thought into the best grout for your tile flooring until you are faced with the decision. Tough Carpet Cleaning is here to share some helpful information about different types of grout that are available to you in hopes that we can help make the selection a little easier.
Sanded VS Unsanded Grout for 1/8 Inch Spacing
When you are working with wider grout lines, you need to add sand to the grout to help with cracking or shrinking. Sanded grout should be used when the grout line exceed 1/8 inch.
Cement VS Epoxy Grout
Cement grouts are definitely the most common grouts used today. They are less expensive and still very durable. Epoxy is more expensive to purchase and install, but it is also the most durable choice on the market. They won’t stain like cement grout will and they are less likely to sustain damage from household cleaners.
How to Pick the Right Grout Color
Just like paint and tile, you can get grout samples from your local hardware store as well. You want to get several samples and place them up against the tile you have selected to ensure you like the way they look. Grout color can have a great impact on the way your tile flooring looks, so choose wisely. Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
• Matching Grout to Tile– If you are wanting to highlight the tile you have chosen and have the grout fall into the background, matching the grout with the tile is your best option. The tile will stand out and the grout will not be as noticeable.
• Contrasting Grout Lines– By choosing a darker grout line or one that contrasts the tile you have chosen, the pattern or layout of the tile flooring will then be accentuated. Others will notice any unique patterns that you have chosen for your tile flooring. Dark grout lines are said to hide dirt better than light grout lines. Some people think they constantly look dirty so obviously, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
• Neutral Grout– It’s always a safe bet to choose a neutral grout color. They blend well and will basically, look nice with just about any tile choice you have made.
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No matter what grout you choose for your tile flooring, don’t forget how important proper maintenance is. Dirt and debris work to eat away and destroy the grout that holds your tile flooring in place. The experts at Tough Carpet Cleaning offer tile and grout cleaning to keep harmful dirt and debris from ruining your tile flooring so you can enjoy it for years to come. Call us today!