If you have tile, you have grout. It’s the required ride along partner, a necessary evil. The best-case scenario with grout is that it’s installed so well that you forget it exists. You don’t want to be standing barefoot on a whole lot of grout, especially in your shower.
We know, it sounds like we’re being dramatic – how can grout be that big of an issue that we have to dedicate an entire blog post to it.
Well, this is more of a “the more you know” kind of thing. So, let’s share some knowledge.
There are lots of different formulations of grout. Some are better than others, but you should be cautious when dealing directly with all of them as – to be blunt – grout is a whole mess. We mean that in more ways than one. Did you know grout can cause skin irritation if not installed correctly? Not to mention, any airborne particulates either from the pre-mixed powder or from old grout being removed can present a dangerous inhalation risk. Needless to say, we recommend calling in the professionals when installing tile – and grout.
When you’ve decided to go tile for either a floor or wall covering, grout is coming along too. The type of grout you use with your tile plays a role in the lifespan of your tile – this is especially important to note for floor tile which will see more traffic than wall tile could ever dream of.
In moisture prone areas, like South Florida, grout should be sealed and it’s especially important to do so when you are working with lighter colored grout which can most easily discolor due to dirt, grime – and you guessed it – cleaning solutions. Wait – what?
Oops. Back to that whole “grout is messy” bit. Grout can, and will, absorb moisture and liquids over time, this includes the cleaning solution you are using to mop your floors. That’s why it’s most recommended to use a penetrating grout sealer which aims to create an impenetrable barrier from…well, grime.
Once you’ve decided to grout – you get to pick how you want it to interact and engage with your tile.
Do you want to make a bold statement with a contrasting color choice? Think white subway tile with neon pink grout.
Do you want to match the color of your grout to your tile? Think Digital Ocean Blue tile accented with Digital Ocean Blue grout. (we’re pretty sure these are real colors somewhere).
Or would you prefer a more neutral combination where the pattern will be more noticeable than with a matching grout color, but not the main feature as with those bold contrasting colors?
Really, the choice of grout is yours. It’s your space and you should do what feels right to you. If you have questions, we will be happy to talk you through options and finding the best fit for you.