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creating a kid-friendly basement play space


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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!

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Floor Grouting Services: Revitalizing And Re-Sealing Grimy Grout

Few things make a bathroom look dated and dirty like grimy grout. If you're looking to quickly brighten up a bathroom, a floor grouting service can make even the dingiest grout look brand new.

Here are some tips for revitalizing and re-sealing your bathroom grout to give your bathroom a cost-efficient facelift.

Revitalizing

Bathroom grout generally falls into two categories: sanded or composite.

  • Sanded: One of the benefits of choosing sanded grout is its textured finish which allows for quick cleaning. However, when sanded grout begins to age, it can crack and flake, which allows water to settle into crevices and possibly seep underneath your tile. To revitalize flaked or cracked grout, your floor grouting service professional will likely scrap away the damaged section(s) of the grout lines with a small, flat-head screw driver. Once the damaged sections are removed, the professional will vacuum up areas with a wet/dry shop vac, rinse the grout lines, dry them, and then apply fresh grout. To make sure that your grout lines match, however, you'll need to clean all of your grout, which will make it all look the same relative age. An efficient way to clean grout is with a grout brush attachment and a powerful compound drill. Once all of the grout lines are cleaned, the new grout will be applied and left to cure for about 24 hours.
  • Composite: composite grouts are flexible and come in a variety of colors. However, when composite grout begins to age, it becomes porous, which allows mildew and mold to grow in the grout. Unlike sanded grout, compromised composite grout must be removed in larger sections. Your floor grouting service professional will likely use a box cutter or other sharp blade to detach the grout from the tile. Once detached, the grout will peal out easily. When installing new grout, however, you should clean the existing grout. After you have an idea of the color, you can adjust accordingly with the new grout.

Re-sealing

Now that you have fresh, clean, grout, you'll want to keep it that way. To re-seal your grout you will want to apply a grout sealer several times. You can expedite the drying process by running a hair drier over the grout lines after you apply the grout sealant. You should always give the grout sealant time to cure before you attempt to use the bathroom normally.

If your bathroom could use a touch-up, contact a floor grouting service in your area!