Are You Frustrated With Your Tile & Grout

Home Builder with Zilliant Innovations - Tile*Stone*Grout:Clean, Seal, Repair

Are You Frustrated With Your Tile & Grout?

Are you wondering why the grout is so dirty at your home or commercial building no matter how hard you scrub it?  Are you on your hands and knees scrubbing with a toothbrush and it still is not coming clean?  Well, that is because your grout is not sealed or it is time to reseal your grout. Natural stone can also become stained and dirty if not sealed.

When should I seal my grout and tile? Most tile installers do not seal the grout, because they would have to come back days later after the grout has cured.  If you have a new installation it most likely is not sealed, but it needs to be right away. If you are not sure you can sometimes tell by placing water on the grout.  If the grout does not change color or get darker then your grout is most likely sealed.  If it does change color or get darker then it is time to seal your grout.

Why does my Grout look so dirty even after I scrub it? Grout is very porous making it absorb everything that is spilled on it.  No matter how hard you scrub it eventually the grout will become stained.  This makes the grout and tile look dirty and not uniform.  Some commercial buildings will FAIL INSPECTION because the grout looks dirty.

What should I do to make my grout look uniform and keep it that way?  Your grout must be sealed in order to keep it looking uniform.  If your grout is already stained then it is time to Color-Seal your grout!  If a clear sealer is used then you will still see the stains that do not come out after the cleaning.  So, a color sealer will cover any stains you have in your grout.  This will make your grout look uniform and easier to maintain.

Where does the tile and grout need to be sealed?  All grout needs to be sealed no matter where it is in your home or building.  Showers, floors, backsplashes, countertops, walls, etc.  Only tile that is a Stone needs to be sealed.  Ceramic and Porcelain tile does not need to be sealed!  Stone tile such as: Saltillo, Marble, Granite, Travertine, Slate, etc. needs to be sealed because they are natural stones and porous.

Who can change the color of their grout?  If you do not like the color of your grout after it is installed you can actually Change the Color of Your Grout!  There is no need to regrout your floor and start over with a huge mess.  The grout can actually be re-colored with the color-sealer.  For example, if you have a light color grout you can make it darker with any color you would like.  If you have dark grout and would like to make it lighter YOU CAN!  So, not only will your grout's color be changed but your grout will be sealed at the same time!

For further information on Tile, Stone, and Grout cleaning you can contact:

Zilliant Innovations, Inc.

Tile Shower - Soap scum, mold/mildew caulk, grout not sealed 
Tile Shower - After it is cleaned, color sealed, recaulked

Comments (6)

Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain!  This is a great community for learning as well as sharing.  Check out some blogs, join some groups, and enjoy! Just watch out - it's VERY addictive!  I look forward to reading some of your future posts.

Jun 22, 2008 08:42 AM

hi house..which is a 2 years old...the grout in certain areas is like chipping away and some areas there are chunks out//it also feels crumbly..sandy when you touch it....also is dingy looking...i am guessing it wasnt sealed as the owners live out of state and never is the best way to fix thihs myself?  i'm thinking the color changing maybe necesssary also after the repair to have a uniform color throughout...thx!!

Jun 25, 2008 08:04 AM
Zilliant Innovations Inc. - Tile*Stone*Grout

Hello Kristy,

If your grout is cracking or popping out sometimes that means something underneath is the problem.  What I would advise you to do is use the sanded caulking in the tube (Home Depot or Lowes) to replace those areas to give it some flexibility.  I would recommend getting the tile cleaned and sealed by a professional.  What area are you located in (state, city)?  I may know of a company that can help you.

We look forward to hearing back from you.


Jason Darko
Zilliant Innovaitons, Inc.  

Jun 25, 2008 08:51 AM
Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE

I see that you are new to Active Rain and I just wanted to welcome you. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and that you find it a great resource.

Jun 27, 2008 01:43 PM
Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX

Hi Jason  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to reading your future post.  Have A Great Day!!!

Oct 18, 2008 05:12 PM
Julie Canei

Welcome, Jason!  Thank you for the very informative blog.  Being a listing realtor, I run into many homes that need the tile and grout cleaned and knowing that we can change the color of the grout making it look brand new, is awesome!  Your website is very professional looking and informative as well, could you please tell me more about your Realtor and Property Management Program?

Thank you.

Feb 02, 2009 08:52 AM