Bathrooms and Laundry
Jun 11, 2010 11:23 am
Help!! Our builder didn't clean the grout (or seal it) on our beautiful 30 x 60 porcelain floor tiles in our ensuite, bathroom, powderoom, or laundry. The grout looks very 'patchy' - powdery white and dark in spots. The grout is supposed to match exactly with the tile colour (medium coffee colour).
Could someone please suggest how we can do this without using harsh bleach or harsh chemicals that may ruin the grout? Are there professionals that can do this for us as it is a largish job? Once this is done we also want to 'seal' the grout. Can professionals also seal the grout for us?
We are organising our 90 day maintenance for the house so, we don't want to do it until all our 'issues' have been fixed. Wouldn't want traddies coming in and out ruining the floors again!
Please help. I can't stand looking at patchy looking grout any longer.......
Re: Cleaning the grout and sealing our porcelain floor tiles3
Jun 11, 2010 11:54 am
Basaad, never fear mate, grout can be easily removed without any damage to your tiles and then sealed no problems.
If you want, pm me with your details on where you are, sqm involved and i can get someone out to give you a quote to do a clean and seal. He is very experienced and does this type of work as a living. Using my products to seal and his quality work you'll have a beautiful looking bathroom in no time.
PS: He just finished doing Joe Hascham's place
Re: Cleaning the grout and sealing our porcelain floor tiles4
Jun 11, 2010 11:59 am
I'd expect too little time has elapsed for the grout to become really soiled. The uneven patchy grout colour is quite common, and is usually to do with how the tiler went about the grouting. Chances are, you will not fix this by cleaning. Certainly, make it known to the builder that you are disappointed with this at your inspection. I reckon the tiler should be brought to account.
But there is a perfect solution! That is having the grout colour-sealed. There are professionals who can clean the grout and then apply a colour seal of your choice, which not only provides a nice uniform finish, but dramatically improves performance, provides excellent stain resistance and minimises maintenance.
The question is, will the tiler/builder agree to compensate you for the cost of having this done? If you can get them to pay for even part of this, you have the perfect solution.
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Jun 11, 2010 12:04 pm
Just posted and saw Miteq's post.
Re-grouting and sealing is a much more messy and labour intensive remedy than having it colour-sealed. And as much as clear sealers have benefits, they do not offer anywhere near the same results and ongoing benefits that colour-sealing can. In my mind, the choice is chalk and cheese! That is, unless there is actually any physical problems with the grouting job. If the grouting looks good apart from being patchy, have it professionally colour-sealed. If the grout job is * generally, have it re-grouted and then colour-sealed.
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Jun 11, 2010 12:22 pm
Thanks for all your replies. The floor tiles are brand new and the grout doesn't need replacing. What if I 'steam cleaned' the tiles and then sealed them? Do you think that might do the job? The grout is already the same colour as the tiles so I'm not too sure what 'colour-sealed' means. Does it mean you just seal the grout itself, or does the sealer have colour in it?
Re: Cleaning the grout and sealing our porcelain floor tiles7
Jun 11, 2010 12:32 pm
No don't attempt to do it yourself. And I suggest not sealing with clear sealers.
At your building inspection, show the builder what you are concerned about. He might offer some 'patch up' remedy, which may not be ideal.
Colour-sealing is a durable topical coating that is coloured, and offers premium sealing and stain resistance, that surpasses the performance of any clear sealers. There are heaps of colours so it can be colour matched, providing a uniform finish to cover over the patchy grout. It really is the best way to go!
Re: Cleaning the grout and sealing our porcelain floor tiles8
Jun 11, 2010 1:08 pm
You can find out more info regarding grout colour sealing here http://www.safeclean.com.au or http://www.groutperfect.com.au we have applicators in Melbourne that maybe able to help you out pm me and I will give you there contact details. Your builder will find it is cheaper to colour seal than re grout and a lot better for yourself.
You can call me too on 0403 33 26 46
Grout Perfect Australia
Tile & Grout Restoration Specialists
Re: Cleaning the grout and sealing our porcelain floor tiles9
Jun 11, 2010 1:13 pm
Agree with Ash here, just re-read your post and didnt realise that the GROUT was patchy. I read that there was grout haze over the tiles...my fault.
Definatly dont attempt to fix yourself. Get someone in and charge the builder if possible, althought i doubt it. If needs be i can speak to the person i was going to recommend anyway, mabe there is something he can do for you?? As stated before, pm me if thats what you'd like.
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