Grout – Icing on the Cake

A well-chosen grout that is applied properly and maintained can make a whole lot of difference for your tiles. Grout can either enhance the beautiful look of the tiles or limit their potential. So the question is, which grout will you choose and how will you get the most out of it?

How to Choose the Grout Colour

It’s not so long ago that the only option for grout was grey, which is the colour of cement. Whether you were using red terracotta tiles or white wall tiles, grey was all there was to use. Now, consumers have more options to choose from. Tile adhesive manufactures are now producing grout in many different colours allowing you to find just the right colour to complement your tiles.

One such manufacturer is Parex Davco. Their range of grout SANITIZED COLOURGROUT is specifically designed with the use of ceramic tiles and natural stone tiles in mind. The range of colours, which now includes 22 colours, continues to be updated to suit the needs of consumers. SANITIZED COLOURGROUT also contains a biocide which provides it with a resistance to a broad spectrum of moulds and bacteria.

With so many colours available, choosing the right colour may present some challenges. It’s always best to use grout samples to put against your tiles first before deciding on the colour. However, you may find the 3 principles below helpful.

1. Choose a similar colour to your tiles
This is a safe option which enables the whole tiled area to look seamless. The grout lines become less visible and the character of the tiles is enhanced. This is a good option if you want the area to have a seamless look and you want the tiles to be the highlight of the area.

2. Choose a contrasting colour
You may choose to use a contrasting colour if you want the grout joints to be pronounced. You can enhance the unique layout or pattern of the tiles through this method. It’s a popular way when using mosaic tiles and decorative tiles.

3. A neutral colour
Using a neutral coloured grout may be the safest option if it’s difficult to find the right colour. Avoid brilliant white or black which can easily get dirty. Choose beige, grey or brown based colours.

How to Keep Grout Clean
Even if the right colour grout is chosen, it would be a waste if it gets spoilt by mould, dirt or grime. While Davco’s colour grout is sanitized, which makes it resistant to a broad range of mould and bacteria, further treatment is recommended especially for areas often exposed to damaging elements.

1. 4 in 1 Grout additive
This is a product manufactured by Davco specifically to enhance the performance of their coloured grout. This acrylic based additive increases the flexibility and water resistance. It just needs to be mixed with the grout when applying.

2. Grout sealer
We recommend a penetrating sealer as its effect is longer lasting compared to traditional sealers. It reduces the porosity of the grout which makes it resistant to stains and discolouring.

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