August 7th, 2009
The Tile Council of North America is an excellent resource for both tile professionals and consumers to find out more about tile and setting materials.
This FAQ covers questions such as:
Problems with Grout
When do you use caulk versus grout?
What is the difference between epoxy grout and mortar and conventional grout and motar?
Why is my tile and grout cracking?
What causes cracked or loose grout?
What causes a whitish residue on grout?
What is “latex leaching” and “dirt deposition”?
Standards for Grout
What is the standard for determining the size of a grout joint?
What is the standard for variations in grout joints?
What is causing my grout to have variations in color?
Is there a standard that addresses color variations in grout?
The color of the grout in my shower is inconsistent and in some areas the grout is a darker color?
Repair & Removal of Grout
How do you remove grout that is adhered to a tile floor?
Can I paint over grout?
Can I correct the color of my grout?
How do you minimize efflorescence?
How do I clean my grout?
How can I prevent my grout from staining?
How do I clean the “white stuff” off on my grout? (efflorescence)