The Grout Geeks is our name, and
fixing grout problems is our game.
We’re not a national chain. We’re locally owned and operated, and our company was started right here in Richmond, Virginia. We’re proud to be part of and serve the Greater Richmond community.
Our Motto: Don’t Renovate. Rejuvenate!
Often, you don’t need to go through the headache or the expense of new construction to make your bathroom look new. Our grout repair services will make your grout and tile look brand new… without breaking the bank!
What is grout?
Grout is the material between the ceramic tiles that completes the watertight barrier, keeping the floor or wall behind the tile layer completely dry. Grout is a cement mixture that is applied like a paste and hardens over several hours. It is a porous material with very tiny holes and should be sealed after installation to prevent water and foreign matter from penetrating its surface. If water and foreign matter are allowed to penetrate into the grout over a prolonged period of time, staining or damage to the grout will occur.
Why do I have to seal grout?
The main reason to use a tile grout sealer is to prevent your tiles from absorbing moisture. Grout, just like concrete, is porous. If exposed to water, grout will absorb it. If a grout sealer is not placed, then this water can seep under the tiles and lead to a number of complications such as mildew and fungus. A grout sealer is used to hold the grout in place so that your tiles are not susceptible to wear and tear. If your grout is unprotected, it will start chipping away with time and soon your tiles may come loose.
How often to I need to seal grout?
Every 3-5 years. Some areas do not need to be sealed as often as others. For example, showers usually need to be sealed more often because they are used every day with water. A sealant on a tile floor may last longer because the floor doesn’t get the same daily exposure to water that a shower gets. However, sealants can wear off in time with usage and cleanings. If you start noticing that an area is getting harder and harder to clean, the sealant may be wearing off, and the area probably needs to be re-sealed.