Most Frequently Asked Questions About Grout and Tile Cleaning


Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Can I change my grout color?

A. Yes. Our stain sealing process allows you to change grout from light to dark or dark to light with a large variety of colors and shades to choose from. Save thousands by updating an old tile area instead of replacing it.

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Q. Should I seal my grout?

A. Grout does not have to be sealed. But without some sort of protection, the grout will begin absorbing dirt and grime immediately after installation. Because grout is a porous material, it will readily absorb dirt and stains even with regular mopping. This can leave the grout color looking uneven and dirty. And that can spoil the look of a whole room.  Our process makes grout stain-proof.

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Q. How long will it last?


A. If applied and maintained correctly, the stain/seal protection will typically last 10-15 years or more. There are only a few reasons the protection would wear prematurely.

  1. The use of harsh cleaners that are acidic or contain phosphates or steam cleaners. These types of cleaners will diminish the life of the stain/seal protection
  2. High grout joints. If the grout is not recessed a little between the tiles and is as high or higher than the tile surface, then the friction from foot traffic can cause the protection to wear thin over time. High joints may require periodic touch up to ensure uniform color and protection.
  3. The surface was not prepared properly. Our Stain Sealer is made to bond to the grout once the grout has been cleaned of any dirt, dust or sealers. Most penetrating type sealers can be removed using the Heavy Duty Tile and Grout Cleaner. Some coatings, like epoxy-based coatings, can be removed with Aqua Mix Sealer and Adhesive Remover. If Stain Sealer is applied over dirty grout or another sealer, it may require more than one coat to achieve a uniform appearance and even then may wear prematurely.
    *Note Grout that has been sealed with an epoxy or acrylic type sealer seams slick when scrubbing the joint. Usually we test the a spot at an estimate or at the beginning of the job if it is suspected that an epoxy based sealer has been used before to be sure it can be prepared properly and the Stain Sealer will stick.
  4. If the grout hasn't been prepared properly. If there are any residues, dust, dirt, or foreign objects such as paint, waxes or food particles the stain will not adhere properly to the grout. The stain will not stick to these objects and will leave the grout uneven in color and protection. If it does stick initially, it will soon wear off leaving the floor uneven in color and protection.
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Q. Can I use it in my shower?

A. Our Stain Sealer can be used for showers but is not recommended for areas under water i.e. pools, spas, ponds or any other area subject to standing water.


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Q. What type of grouts can and can't be stain sealed?

A. Our Stain Sealer is designed to be used with all sanded and non-sanded cement type grouts.  Because the Stain Sealer is water based acrylic material, it cannot be used over epoxy based grouts.  While not very common, epoxy grout is sometimes found in commercial applications like kitchens and areas subjected to wet or harsh conditions.

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Q. What sealers work best?

A. Most sealers on the market today, even the expensive ones, only provide stain resistance. Stain resistance means you have a little more time to pick up a spill, but it's just not enough protection for most homeowners. Just sealing grout doesn't make it stain proof.  
 Stain sealing creates a long-lasting, durable layer of protection that prevents dirt and spills from absorbing into your grout. Your original grout color is "locked in" while dirt and stains are "sealed out". Common household spills can be easily wiped away leaving the grout looking like the day it was installed. 

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Q. How long does it take to dry?

A. Allow 2 hours before light foot traffic. Keep grout dry for 7 days after initial clean up. Avoid scrubbing grout for up to 20 days.


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Q. How long will a project take?

A.  95% of all our projects are completed in one day.

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Q. How should I maintain my ceramic tile?

A. Ceramic tile should be maintained using a neutral PH tile and grout cleaner. Harsh cleaners like bleach, ammonia and vinegar should be avoided and can damage grout. We recommend using This our "Maintain" solution for regular maintenance. This cleaner is specially formulated for use on both protected and unprotected ceramic tile and grout.  Follow the cleaning directions below:

    1. Sweep loose dirt and debris from floor.
    2. Mix 2-4 oz. of  "Maintain" per gallon of mop water.
    3. Apply solution to 10-foot square area to be cleaned.
    4. Allow solution to dwell for a couple minutes.
    5. Agitate cleaner on floor with a sponge mop.
    6. Rinse dirty solution from floor thoroughly.
    7. Dry puddled water from grout joints using a terry cloth towel.


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Q. Does grout have to be cleaned before stain sealing?

A. New grout is ready for protection 10 days after installation and does not need to be cleaned first. On older tile areas, the grout joints must be clean and free of dust, dirt, grease, oil, sealers, or coatings of any kind. Use our Heavy Duty Grout Cleaner or a light acid wash and rinse until grout is free of residue to prepare grout for protection.



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Q.  How long will the Color Sealing process take?

A.  Color Sealing Protection can usually be applied in 3 to 5 hours.


Q.  How long after the Color Seal has been applied before my customer can walk on the floor?

A.  The floor is ready for light foot traffic in just 2 hours.  Of course, walking on the tile and avoiding the grout joints allows the customer access to every room right away.


Q.  What is the curing time for the Color Seal?

A.  The protection will take 1 week to fully cure.  During this curing time the grout should be kept dry.  Spills should be wiped up and the floor may be spot cleaned but mopping should be avoided.


Q.  How long does the Color Seal Protection last?

A.  If the tile and grout are maintained properly, the durability is 10 -15 years.


Q.  What type of grout can be Color Sealed?

A.  Color Seal is formulated for use on interior ceramic tile installations using a sanded grout joint.



Q.  How is the Color Seal applied to the grout?

A.  We brush the Color Seal protection into each grout joint by hand and remove all of the excess from the tile.  Next, we carefully inspect the floor and hand buff the tile to ensure both quality and a haze free surface.


Q.  What is the warranty?

A.  We guarantee all of our work for 3 years against defects in materials and craftsmanship for floors. Showers and other wet areas are warrantied for 1 year.


Q.  Can you match the grout color?

A. Perfectly.  Our Color Seal is tinted to match all of the grout manufacturers colors (Custom, C-Cure, Hydroment, Mapei, Tec), and can even be custom matched to fabric and carpet.

Q. Is the acid step necessary?

A. Although we have competitors out there that claim in isn't, on most surfaces it is. Consider concrete staining, coloring, or refinishing. Without "etching" the concrete first the new finish will not optimally bond. Since the substances used to form grout are similar to concrete, it is logical that applying acid aids in the bond made to the grout by the sealer. The exception is natural stone tiles. Acid is not recommended for travertine, marble, slate, or any natural stone surface. The stone is just to soft and porous to risk damage.



Q. How is your process different than your competitors'?

A. First of all, we are owners/operators of our business. We have tried using employees and have determined that the quality of service that we can deliver is exponentially better than can be provided by hired workers. We take much pride in our work and deliver honest careful care while working in our clients' homes. Secondly, the cleaning process we perform is very thorough, we don't skip steps, like acid etching on surfaces that require it, to save time and overhead. We take pride in our preparation steps, and are confident that they are necessary for optimal results. Thirdly, we always apply two coats of color seal to ensure durability and consistency of color.











Tulsa Grout Restoration will provide free estimates and demonstrations for commercial and residential grout and tile cleaning, grout color sealing, stain proofing and minor grout and tile repairs in Tulsa, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Owasso, Catoosa, Sperry, Skiatook, Collinsville, Glenpool, Keifer, Mounds, Mannford, Prue, Kellyville, Verdigris and any other city in Oklahoma within 20 miles of downtown Tulsa, including any cities not mentioned above. All cities outside of this range may require additional travel expense depending on the size of the application.