If you’ve fallen in love with a mosaic tile, but alarm bells are ringing at the thought of scrubbing all that grout, then listen up! There is an alternative to regular grout, that will see your cleaning time slashed, and your mosaic feature tiles sparkling like new months and years from now.
Have we got your attention? Then let’s dive into all things epoxy grout!
So first things first. What exactly is grout, and how is epoxy grout different?
Traditional grout is made from a cement-based mix. It’s not waterproof and actually absorbs water when it becomes wet. It also absorbs stains easily, as anyone who has scrubbed grout will attest to.
Epoxy grout on the other hand, is made of epoxy resins combined with a filler powder. This makes it waterproof and almost completely resistant to stains. It’s durability makes it the ideal choice for splashbacks, floors and high-traffic areas.
Sound too good to be true? Let’s look at any downsides of this wonder grout.
Epoxy grout is more difficult to apply than traditional grout. It takes longer to apply and sets quickly, so must be applied in stages. Tiles must also be cleaned thoroughly prior to applying epoxy grout. Epoxy can discolour porous surfaces, such as natural stone, so these surfaces should be sealed prior to grouting.
Epoxy can also have a slightly plastic look to it, compared to the textured cement look of regular grout. Any epoxy residue left on tiles will have a glossy sheen to it, so must be cleaned thoroughly immediately after application. Due to its sheen, epoxy grout is also less forgiving and highlights imperfections in your tiling.
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