Not all "friends" with color: some choose strap, ideal to dress and purse, there is no difficulty, while others will consider blouse hours in the store, but didit will not dare not to buy, and even try.The same can be said of the tile.Range of finishing material is so large and diverse that collect in the run up of the eye, few can.And when it comes to choosing the grout, the brain refuses to understand what is wanted of him.
But even more outrage begins when it becomes clear that a mixture of grout is different from each other not only in color, but also their characteristics.Let's find out how to choose the grout and not miscalculate.
- grouts and their characteristics
- cement grout epoxy grout
- Silicone Sealants
- Choose a color grout.Tips and tricks
- rules applying grout on the tiles
Types grouts and their characteristics
Generally grout is used to fill the joints between tiles.It serves as a decorative function,
On the shelves you can meet three basic types of grouts
- epoxy resin
- silicone sealants.
cement-based grout may also be different: in the one part Portland cement with only the addition of various additives, giving it certain properties (for example, the deceleration setting process or an easy spreadability) of the other mixed sand (such grout used primarily to fill the joints with a width of more than 5 mm), can be added to the third latex plasticizer, which may change the color of grout in a contrasting way.
latter type of grout is recommended only for tiles with rough surface - gloss on the sand may leave scratches.
cement grout, unfortunately, have several disadvantages:
- they are very boring in terms of colors - usually gray or white color;
- they are not resistant to cleaning agents and water - cement tends to crumble from excess moisture and touch him any detergents.
In view of this, the use of cement grout limited facilities, the level of humidity and the degree of contamination that has minimal performance.
The structure of epoxy grout in addition to the epoxy resin and hardener are still included, which makes joints strong, durable and resistant to various chemical and mechanical influences.Such a mixture, in addition to high strength characteristics, still has high durability - the color it can be stored for 50 years without any changes.
Typically, epoxy grout is not used in the home.Experts attribute this to the fact that its structure is very viscous and high-quality application of this mixture on the joints need outstanding talent and experience.Use it reasonable when width of seams exceeds 6 mm, otherwise wipe tile space epoxy unprofitable - it does not penetrate into the narrow gap and leaves too much dirt.
two-component epoxy grout at the moment is the most stable of all the existing ones.Its scope is broad enough: swimming pools, shopping centers, garages and other places where the mechanical action on the tiles - the norm.The composition of such mixtures can also contain silica fillers, shiny additives, such as silver, gold, pearl, bronze, metallic, converting the floor or wall covering in a real masterpiece.Because of its environmental experts even recommend to use epoxy grout in the floor heating, kitchen work surfaces and containers with water.
The group of epoxy grout and grout also applies, which includes furan resin.This mixture is highly resistant to almost all chemical irritants.However, to use it in an extremely difficult, because if used incorrectly it leaves indelible traces on the surface of the tiles.Therefore, before proceeding to fuguvaniyu (floating) flooring should always be covered with wax, and at the end of work excess mixture immediately removed with hot steam.Good grout, but unfortunately, it is available only in black.
Grout Silicone is highly elastic and can be used in expansion joints as insulation lining the walls from the floor or surrounding materials.And gaskets are not in great demand because of its fragility - they quickly deteriorate and become useless.However, these materials have a wide range of colors - silicone grout color of the sky, greenery and sun - not a rare phenomenon, which is not all about the same cement mixtures.
If we talk about the brand, then all of the requirements for grouts, responsible materials company Litokol.They are strong, durable, have high hydrophobic properties, excellent adhesion to the edges of tiles, protected against the formation of mold and mildew, and the variety of shades and colors allows you to choose exactly the grout, which is ideal for your tile.Quality grout LITOKOL sold at quite a reasonable price, which makes it also very economical.
Choose a color grout.Tips and tricks
- Grout is recommended to choose tiles with - so you can make sure that the color and the color of tiles fugue perfectly contrasted with each other.
- Choose grout in the store where it is not limited to the choice of ten colors.If
- multicolored tiles, determine the darkest and lightest shades it.Compare them with the color of furniture or plumbing, which will stand in the room.For a small room the color of the fugue must comply with the lightest shade, the presence on the tile - so you will visually expand the narrow space.If you want to reduce the size of the premises on the contrary, choose the darkest shade.
- For monochromatic tile grout also selected according to the interior, if you want to select the furniture, the grout should have the same shade as the tiles, and if you would like to concentrate on the flooring, choose a fugue of the opposite sex color shade.However, do not overdo it.Better to and tile and grout have been around in one color.
- If possible, ask the seller to put a bit of grout on the sample chosen tiles.Look closely at how they interact harmoniously with each other and do not rush to stop your choice - wait until the grout tile colors you think most appropriate for the sample is dry, and only after that to settle the purchase.
- Mosaic is not desirable to use strong contrast to her fugue, but if the desire to attract the attention of the tile and does not, use the gray grout on the lighter tone of the general background of the room.
rules applying grout on the tiles
So, with the color and the type of grout you have decided, left to figure out how to apply the grout.For this you will need:
- scraper with rubber nozzle
- Grout Sponge
- net fabric
- Fancy or a manual toothbrush
- roller or brush for drawing
Yes, do not forget,that the grout should be applied no sooner than 24 hours after laying tiles.
first tile is laid out on the surface of grouting small hill, then she or leveled with a trowel or with a rubber scraper nozzle diagonally.Keep the tool should be at an angle of approximately 30 degrees to the surface of the floor or wall.Take a walk on the tile float several times, but not smooth fugue, and rub it firmly so that it filled the seams.
Do not immediately wipe the entire surface of the wall or floor.For starters, apply it to a small area and note the time of drying.This is to ensure that you can have time to clean the surface of the tile of excess mixture.If the grout is quick-drying, you have to remove the remains of her almost immediately after application.But it also happens that the drying time is at smoothing a few minutes and a few tens of minutes.In this case, you can manage to wipe about 9-10 square meter.
For a more complete understanding of the grouting using fugue can view a small video scene.
itself grouting - a short process, but the removal of its remains may take you more than one hour.First, dry cleaning is carried out using a trowel tiles, which must be kept at right angles to the surface.Moving grater need diagonally, avoiding her falling into the joints.If the edge of the trowel you still hooked seam and it hurt to just add a little fugue and flatten it on the edges of the tile.While you clean the grout from the tile, the mixture in the bucket may dry out, so it periodically stir.
next stage - wet cleaning.Spend it with a sponge soft circular motions, gently knocking the particles of sand and cement with the tile surface.As pollution sponge wash it in water and do not rush - you can remove excess fugue for two-three approach.Make sure that the sponge is not too wet, otherwise the water can ruin a fresh coat of grout.
third stage - the alignment of the joints using a pointing (toothbrush).After this is once again trim the edges of joints with a damp sponge.Move it should be parallel to the seam while filling existing bumps and notches small amount of fugue at their fingertips.
When the grout is completely cured, you can use a sealant that will reliably protect the seams against moisture and other troubles.Well, you do not accidentally damage the beauty of the created their own hands, take a sheet of plywood and completely disable the house to walk on the floor until the grout and sealant does not dry out completely.
As you can see, the choice of grouting tile is not so complicated.The main thing here - to take into account all the details of the selection of color and type of fugue, and if done correctly and wisely, your tiles will sparkle with new, fresh hues, while the interior space will change beyond recognition.