March 14, 2009
GROUT: Clean It, Seal It and Color It
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Aqua Mix Grout Colorant
Pieces of ceramic tile, stone and marble have been used for centuries on floors,walls, tabletops and mosaic murals. And that’s probably how long the search has lasted for a way to keep the grout between the pieces clean and bright.
Commercial products are fine for masons and tile setters accustomed to working with caustic cleaners. But what about the average person looking at grungy grout in a shower stall or on a countertop?
Aqua Mix, a Santa Fe, CA-based company, has been in the business of sealing, brightening and recoloring grout for 20 years. Now the company’s products have been reformulated and simplified for do-it-yourselfers.
“A lot of people have old tile in baths and kitchens, but they don’t want to replace all of the tile,” says Aqua Mix. “When the appearance becomes too dingy, this is a cost-effective alternative.” This easy process now makes more sense than ever as most us look for alternatives to refurbish and rejuvenate our floors instead of the more expensive alternative, REPLACEMENT!
The super-concentrated, phosphate-free Aqua Mix Grout colorant comes in 24 stock shades, including buff, teal, cinnamon, rose and pewter, plus several shades of white.”We are in constant contact with grout manufacturers, so we can match whatever their most popular and new colors are,” Aqua Mix says.
The Aqua Mix Grout Colorant kit, contain an Aqua Mix Grout cleaner, an Aqua Mix Grout Colorant brush applicator and a tube of Aqua Mix Grout colorant. After the tiles are scrubbed, the color is brushed on and left to (almost) dry. Then a nylon mesh pad is used to remove Grout colorant from surrounding tiles, leaving the lines a brighter white or an entirely new color – say green between white tiles in a child’s bathroom, or a robin’s egg blue between slate tiles in a foyer. Results should last up to 15 years, according to Aqua Mix.
“In an older home, if the grout is cracked or missing, this won’t work as a groutfiller,” Aqua Mix cautions. The grout has to be in fairly good condition for the colorto cover well. “If there is more than a hairline crack, you would need to re-grout before applying the colorant.”
Aqua Mix Grout Colorant Kit Description: All-in-one kit to prep, recolor and seal your grout joints. Kit contains 8-oz. Aqua Mix Grout Colorant, 8-oz. Aqua Mix Grout Colorant Pre-Treat Cleaner, grout Colorant Applicator brush and scrub pad.
Available with the following standard Aqua Mix colors: AquaMix Grout Colorant Kits
Coverage: Approximately 50 to 300 sq. ft. (5 m2 to 28 m2) per 8-oz. bottle, depending on width and porosity of grout joint, size of tile and method of application.
Description: Easy-to use waterborne epoxy that recolors, seals and rejuvenates existing grout joints.
Uses: Recommended for use on sanded, unsanded and epoxy grout joints. Equally effective for interior and exterior applications.
Expected Wear: Will vary depending on hardness and texture of surface, type of area, surface wear, frequency and type of maintenance products used. Expected wear is up to 15 years. Extreme weather conditions, harsh cleaning methods and high-alkaline or solvent-based cleaners will affect wear.
Grout Colorant Application Kit Application
Brush Aqua Mix Grout Colorant on horizontal and vertical grout joints. Includes scrub pad.
Available in 8-oz. sizes in the following standard colors:
(Colors are displayed as accurately as possible. Some colors below may not represent exact grout colors. They may appear differently on computer monitors with different resolutions).
Grout ColorantPre-Treat Cleaner
Coverage: One 8-oz. bottle will clean and prepare approximately 50 to 300 sq. ft. of tiled area, depending on the width and type of grout joint, size of tile, severity of surface staining and method of application.
Description: Effective ready-to-use cleaner designed to lightly etch and also remove dirt, soil, soap scum and hard water deposits from grout joints. Prepares grout joints for a superior Aqua Mix Grout Colorant bond.
Uses: Recommended for use on sanded, unsanded and epoxy grout joints and surrounding tile.
Available in an 8-oz. spray bottle.
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