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September 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Cleaning Grout: Helpful Tips w/ a Personal Recommendation

We were recently asked {again} by a customer for some helpful tips on keeping grout bright and sparkling clean.  Who wants dirty grout?  No one.

As as self-described OCD cleaner myself, I have personally experimented with all sorts of products in the cleaning product and technique realm.  I’ve read tons of suggestions via Pinterest, blogs, and online searches, and what I have found may surprise you.

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May I introduce you to the power of the Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser?!!  If the reviews don’t convince enough to purchase this for your home – specifically for grout – maybe I will. :)

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Thinking way back to the first time I ever bought this now very addictive little cleaning gem… I vaguely remember wandering around Target in the cleaning products aisle and saw this box (but maybe a smaller version).  I figured it was worth the very cheap cost to try out something new for my typical cleaning rituals.

After reading all the do’s and don’ts on the box, I started out small, testing it on areas that seemed up for the challenge.  First was walls, switches & outlets, then baseboards, then eventually tile & grout.  I give all the credit to these little erasers for helping me get my deposits back on not only one, but two different rental properties.

I sometimes find myself wandering around my house looking for hidden scuffs and dirt to clean up – eraser in hand.  No joke, I almost asked for these as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.  Maybe I’ll get lucky?! ;)

Easy How-to Instructions:

  1. Vacuum, sweep, or wipe away larger debris from the area you would like to clean.
  2. Remove the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser from the packaging.
  3. Put on rubber gloves.
  4. Hold eraser under running water to get it wet and give it a couple of squeezes to remove the excess water.  (Sometimes only a bit of water is more than sufficient).
  5. Rub eraser over the affected areas: could be soap scum, scuffs, dirt, mildew, mold, and stains in your shower or on your floor. It takes very little effort to rub away the grime  (although sometimes I have to use my fingernail to get into tight grout joints).  Might be best to test on a smaller area to get comfortable with the process.
  6. Change the position of the Magic Eraser once the portion you are using becomes dirty. Stubborn stains may require you to go over the surface area a couple of times.
  7. Wipe area clean with a damp cloth.
  8. Allow your Magic Eraser to air dry and then store it away.

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Anyway, I now purchase this wonderful product in bulk since it’s become such a regular favorite.  Of course, not every product works on every surface, but you’ll be pleased to know it definitely works on grout.  Here’s a link to get a coupon for it through the manufacturer – or – you can find it on amazon.com here.

Be additionally forewarned that this product does break down as you use it (like a real life eraser), so you may need more than one sponge per dirty job.  I’ve found that lightly scrubbing an area seems to work better than putting a lot of muscle into it.

Details, details, details….

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is made of a compound called melamine foam. Although it can appear soft, the inner fibers are very thin and strong. With small openings across the surface, the melamine works much like fine sandpaper, reaching into the small grooves where stains have settled.

When lightly moistened, the holes in a Magic Eraser bind to dirt particles, resulting in a clean surface. The spongy eraser may then leave behind a residue, which can easily be wiped away with water or a damp cloth.

Melamine is also used in other applications as a resin, such as for soundproofing and as insulation for pipes. According to the Mr. Clean website, the Magic Eraser contains no harsh chemicals. However, some consumer Internet sites claim the Magic Eraser can cause chemical burns on the skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, the Magic Eraser can abrade the skin when rubbed directly on the skin. When used in the intended manner, however, the melamine should not cause burning.  *Always keep out of reach of children*

NOTE: The hard surface and fibers of the Magic Eraser can scratch certain surfaces, making them appear dull, so it should not be used on varnished surfaces or other materials prone to scratching.

Read more: How Do Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Work? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5268583_do-clean-magic-erasers-work.html#ixzz2EnPG7JUb

Best of luck keeping your grout bright and sparkling with my latest favorite thing!

Cleaning Grout:  Helpful Tips w/ a Personal Recommendation by Katelyn Bowman

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December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Did you know that all grouts are NOT created equal?

Seriously…All grouts are not created equal.

More often than not, grout becomes an overlooked element within the tile installation process (why is that btw?).  We believe it’s just as important as finding the tile that’s right for you!  Grout is what seals everything together – literally.  Don’t go through all this time to find the right tile only to not think about what grout you will grout it with.

Since we have the fortunate privilege of chatting daily with wonderful people like yourself about their tile installations, we are in the know as to what people are planning and what they are…well…not.

Grout can either be something that you have to do OR it can be something that makes your tile look even more amazing when it’s complete!  Like we have mentioned in the past, we are extremely passionate about StarGlass Grout paired with most of our modwalls tile.  It’s kinda like the perfect marriage of tile and grout.  And we want to encourage you to specifically ask yourself, “What type & color of grout would look best with this tile [I've selected]?”…and “When is sanded grout most appropriate?”…

Since most of us are visual learners, I had this super cool idea to photograph our ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles in both StarGlass Grout and regular sanded grout.  The visual speaks for itself…one is “clearly” better AND it’s better for the environment. :)

Helpful hint = whenever you are installing glass or any translucent tile, the surrounding grout has a major impact on how your tile will appear once installation is complete. 

On the left- Diamond Starglass Grout and on the right is a standard white sanded grout.

Note:  Both of the above images are taken with the same digital camera in the same lighting conditions.

In the application on the left, the StarGlass grout allows light to enter in and through the grout and also the clear glass pebbles – making the whole area appear more illuminated.  The sanded grout application, shown on the above right, does not allow light to flow through the grout and therefore makes the pebbles appear much darker overall.  Same exact pebble tile, but with different grouts.

Here are some other examples of StarGlass Grout paired with our Lush® modwalls tile:

Modwalls Lush Blend installed with Opal StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Rex Ray TYPE White Tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Lush Glass Subway tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Now lets get a little more in-depth on the StarGlass specifics…The actual product description is Translucent Grout for Glass Tile.  

For all you eco-friendly peeps out there, you’ll be happy to know that this product is made from post-consumer recycled glass – a truly revolutionary one-of-a-kind product!

The recycled glass is reduced down to teeny tiny beads (texture totally resembles the consistency of sugar) and is mixed with a translucent urethane binder that allows light to pass through the grout itself. So cool!  This waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break down over time, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste since it’s pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container.  StarGlass long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability (aka it won’t yellow over time).  Plus, it comes in these fantastic 15 colors: diamond, onyx, opal, aquamarine, topaz, hematite, jade, amber, moonstone, aventurine, palm wood, citrine, copper, silver, and bronze.

One final benefit we want to be sure to point is how the StarGlass Grout has the ability to minimizes the look of grout lines – if this is your goal. Check out these two kitchen backsplash installations below where both purchased Lush® 3×6 Sky tile, but one kitchen grouted with Aquamarine StarGlass grout and the other with regular sanded grout.  The images truly speak for themselves.

Left – Lush 3×6 Sky with StarGlass Grout and to the right is Lush 3×6 Sky with white sanded grout.

StarGlass also offers benefits of a traditional Urethane grout:

• Pre‐mixed, ready to use
• Excellent chemical, stain and mildew resistance
• Semi‐flexible, low shrinkage and high crack resistance
• No color fading, streaking or shading – Even when wet!
• Fast, easy clean‐up when compared to epoxy and cementgrouts
• Innovative, proprietary coloring system
• Excess product can be saved and used later
• UV stable colors (non‐yellowing)
• Self‐sealing – no sealing required
• Non‐sag formula for vertical surfaces
• Free of BPA (bisphenol‐A) found in epoxy grouts
• Dust‐free mixing
• Fast, easy installation ‐ installs up to 50% faster than othergrouts
• Superior to cement grout
• Contributes to USGBC LEED Credits: MR 4.1 & 4.2(Recycled Content), MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials), and EQ, 4.1 (Low‐Emitting Materials).
• Contains over 80% post‐consumer recycled content.

Overall, all these features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come!

Where can you use StarGlass grout you ask?  StarGlass Grout can be used on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a variety of interior and exterior installations of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles in a range of grout joint widths.

When is sanded grout appropriate?

Sanded grout is appropriate in many installations.  I think sanded grout looks great with natural stone, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, etc. – basically any solid tile aka non-translucent.  Below are images of a some modwalls products installed with neutral sanded grout.  As you can see, sanded grout can be used as a design element to add heavy contrast and definition to the tile and/or the pattern.

Example where sanded grout is totally acceptable = with ceramic, porcelain, or other opaque tile products.

Modwalls ModDotz Confetti grouted with a sanded grout

Brio Blend Palisades grouted with a neutral sanded grout

ModDotz shower installed with white sanded grout for high-contrast.

Now what??? :)

It is our hope that you would soak up all this information and spend some time to select the best grout for your tile – whether that be StarGlass Grout or sanded grout!

Have more questions?  Feel free to call or email us with any related or unrelated tile installation questions.

We’d love to help!

Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com.

May 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Want Clean Tile? Then Choose a Quality Grout

We get the question, “How should I keep my tile clean?” so often.

And it makes perfect sense to ask of course; if you’re going to remodel and invest in new tile, you want to keep it in the best condition possible.  It’s a great question.

But the answer might surprise you because really, it’s not as much about keeping your tile clean…  It’s waaaay more important to keep your grout surface clean!

Your tile might get a little soap residue on it, but that can be wiped away.  What’s more difficult is trying to fight back scum, mold and mildew in your grout lines.

In the case of grout, preventing mold and mildew is your best bet.  We’ve given the full run-down about all grout options possible previously on our blog, so you know we highly recommend top-of-the-line grouts like our StarGlass Urethane Grout over all other options. We stand by the claim that this product really is the best of the best.

StarGlass Grout colors with modwalls ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles

StarGlass Grout is a one of a kind product: It’s made from recycled glass dust, pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container. It’s waterproof and stainproof formula won’t crack or break over time, and it has a gorgeous translucent glow.

StarGlass is composed of post-consumer recycled glass and it emits little to no VOCs.  StarGlass’s long lasting and easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability.

These features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come.

So if you are embarking on your remodel and going to use tile for the job, please keep our grouting tips in mind!  Any questions?  Feel free to post a comment! =)

July 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Ecofabulousness!

IN LOVE with this amazing photo of Zem Joaquin, founder and sustainability expert at ecofabulous.

Check out Zem striking a pose in front of our 98% recycled glass tile Viridian Pearl Moonlight and our 100% Recycled Glass Pebble tile (all installed with our Starglass “Diamond” grout). The sweet photo was snapped in The Modern Living Showhouse at Dwell On Design last week.

modwalls 98% recycled glass tile Viridian Pearl Moonlight & 100% Recycled Glass Pebbles with Starglass Diamond grout.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ !

 

July 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

The Dwell on Design Photo Tour Continues!

Still coming down from this whirlwind event!

Big props to Felipe and crew at Fedex Kinkos on Wilshire for making our "Feet" poster super fast!

Here's John from Semi Handmade with biz owner David Bousfield setting up our custom made credenza with our Rex Ray Studio for modwalls tile.

Tim from Rex Ray Studio hanging out by the Orange MOD tile that topped our custom credenza.

Sasaki's "Heartbeat" event was very cool.

Loved these pendant lights...

Awesome play structure by Playgoda.

And the highlight of the whole show… The Modern Living by ecofabulous showhouse featuring modwalls Viridian 98% Recycled Glass tile and 100% Recycled Glass Pebbles, and StarGlass recycled glass grout!

modwalls 1x2 Viridian Brix Cotton tile in the kitchen.

A little closer up... can you see our StarGlass "Diamond" grout? It was used on all of the tile installations.

Our Viridian Pearl Moonlight tile. P.S. The wood counter is reclaimed from the architects wife's childhood home... Aw!

Viridian Pearl Moonlight + Recycled Glass Pebbles + StarGlass grout. (The grout was highlighted on the tour!)

Still more to come from our LA excursion… !

June 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Awesome photos of our fabulous Starglass grout

We’ve been working up a storm in our warehouse getting prepped for our fave trade show, Dwell on Design, which is in LA at the end of THIS MONTH!!

Not only are we debuting 2 new product lines (Clayhaus for modwalls® and Rex Ray Studio for modwalls®, and yes, we will have some rockin’ installations of both sets of products), but our Starglass grout is all over the place and its some exciting stuff that deserves a little attention too.

Here’s a sneak peek of a few of our tile collages that we’ll be displaying at Dwell on Design.

modwalls® tiles including Lush 1×1 Cloud Nine blend1×2 Cloud1/2×2 Fog Bank1×2 Brix Cotton1×4 Fog BankLush Henry Road Bullrush and our Recycled Glass Pebbles installed with Starglass Diamond Grout.

modwalls Starglass Diamond grout

Starglass Diamond Grout.

Starglass Copper grout pictured here with modwalls® tile including Lush 1×2 Carmelita blendLush Henry Road ButterflyLush 3×6 Quince and Tomato and Lush 1×4 Sunset.

modwalls Starglass Copper Grout

Starglass Copper Grout.

Lovely blue Starglass Aquamarine grout with modwalls® Lush 1/2×2 Hudson blend4×12 Vapor1×4 Breeze and Lush 3×6 Fog Bank.

modwalls Starglass Aquamarine grout

Starglass Aquamarine grout.

And last but not least,  Starglass Aventurine grout with our CorkDotz™ Cork Penny tileLush 3×6 AlmondDriftwood and Taupe1×4 Dune1/2×2 Dune1×1 Taupe Frosted and Glossy and Brio Shimmer tiles.

Starglass Aventurine grout

Starglass Aventurine grout.

Please visit us at Dwell on Design to see all of this goodness and more in person!  June 24, 25, & 26, booth #1030 !

June 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm 1 comment

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