Despite grout being the least expensive element of the tiling stage, the choice of grout can have a huge impact on the end result of your bathroom or kitchen renovation. Here, Henley Design share their insights into grout and advise on how to choose the best grout for your tiling project; and how to keep it in tip top condition.
Choosing the grout colour. The grout you select in any given area can transform the overall look and feel. Bold contrast can create a statement and is suitable for a small area, like the kitchen splashback. This highlights the tile pattern and creates a focal point. On the other hand, matching grout can open up a space where you have a large amount of tiling, such as floor to ceiling wet area walls; or floor tiles to your entry, kitchen and living areas. The colour you select can soften a bold look too. Henley Design often suggests a slightly lighter coloured grout when selecting the same tile for the walls and floors. This helps soften a look, which could otherwise be overwhelming, especially if you’ve selected a very dark or heavily patterned tile.
Keeping it spick and span. The best way to keep your grout clean is to seal it immediately. There are some impressive products on the market that can last onwards of 15 years after the initial application. It’s a tedious process, painting over the grout lines; but it’s well worth it as it provides a barrier from stains and prevents bacteria and mould from growing. If you are in an older home or planning a home renovation prior to selling, grout pens are a quick fix. They can brighten discoloured or faded grout. Regular cleaning and even steam mopping will help keep grout looking brand new.
Different grouts for different tiles. It is recommended to use a non-sanded grout with porcelain tiles, especially when they are a polished finished. This can avoid scratches during the application/installation process. Epoxy grouts are a heavy-duty option, as they are basically stain proof, and will not absorb stains like a cement grout can.
Avoid making these mistakes. A common mistake is prioritising the look over practicality. Avoid white grout on a bathroom floor. Perhaps a slightly coloured shade can work better if you are looking for a lighter contrast. It’s OK to select white or light colours; but it’s important to at least consider everyday cleaning and the area you are selecting it for.
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