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Grout and types you can choose from.


There are two basic types of grout.  Cement based grouts, of which there are two types of: sanded and unsanded.  Newer on the market now are epoxy grouts.


Cement based grout - available sanded or non-sanded.  These are the typical grouts that you've most likely seen all your life. 


Sanded grout has sand mixed in it to increase strength and crack fracture.  It is best for joints wider than 1/8 inch. 


Non-sanded grout is preferred for joints less than 1/8 inch wide.  It is smooth textured and a good choice for marble and other polished stones.  While sanded grout can be used in the smaller joints, it's just more aggravating to force in compared to the non-sanded grout.


Sanded grout has sand mixed in it to increase strength and crack fracture.  It is best for joints wider than 1/8 inch. 


You may see cement based grout claiming "polymer modified" which is simply an additive that helps them from cracking.  Depending on where you are using them, they may need to be sealed to keep from taking on stains.  Most sealers are simply brushed on after the grout has fully cured. 


Epoxy grouts - Don't require sealing like the cement based grouts, but can be much more onerous to work with.  They can also discolor porous surfaces such as unglazed limestone and quarry tiles.  So if in doubt as to whether your tile edge is glazed or not, consult the vendor you purchased them from.  Make sure you say the "edge" and not the facing and explain to them that you are using epoxy grouts.  Even if the edges aren't glazed they can still be used, but they will have to be sealed on the edges before you grout.   Also keep in mind that epoxy grouts start curing much faster then the cement grouts, so you have to watch how much you put down.  If you put down too much, then cleanup is no longer "water" but stronger chemicals.  Clean as you go and use very fresh, clean water with frequent change outs, otherwise haze will appear after the floor dries.  Force the grout into the joints and use a damp sponge for cleanup.  (just clean often and thoroughly)


Bucket Ape works with either grout type and is perfect for the epoxy / urethane grouts and ensures you end up with great results at a minimum effort.