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Replacing Grout in Commercial Kitchens

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Damaged Tiles, Tile Cleaning, Tile Replacement | Comments Off on Replacing Grout in Commercial Kitchens

The Challenge with Commercial Tiles Tiles in commercial kitchens, restaurants or cafés go through a lot.  Not only the constant foot traffic of customers coming and going at all hours of the day or night, or chefs constantly on the move in the kitchen, but also the stains and wears that come from spills and cleaning.  Most tiles are laid with conventional cement and sand based grout, and while this may provide the cheap and easy alternative, conventional sanded grout is very porous which allows it to absorb both solids and liquids very easily causing staining, but also providing a perfect haven for bacteria to thrive.  One of the major health risks in commercial kitchens is oleic acid which is produced when frying food, and this acid together with oils and fats can flow through the grout and into cavities under the tiles where is accumulates and damages the tile adhesive and the floor they are laid on.   Mopping or hosing down will only remove soil-age and bacteria from the surface but what’s absorbed below the surface remains creating a very unhygienic food source for bacteria.  Over time these contaminants together with harsh cleaning products will weaken the grout, tile adhesive and substrate which will begin to fail allowing grout to fall out and tiles to become detached from the substrate.  Your floors not only start to show stains, the integrity and strength of your tiled floors are compromised due to grout that just can’t cut it. How can I make commercial kitchen tiled floors last? The secret to tiled floors that last is Epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is a two part plastic resin mixed with a filler which is impervious to penetrating staining liquids and solids, and better suited for harsh cleaning products.  Epoxy grout offers greater bond strength and chemical resistance than cement grout providing a surface that can be easily cleaned with conventional methods.  Many fast food outlets specify epoxy grout for their floors for both maintenance cleaning and hygiene reasons.  This means that not only will your floors be more hygienic and last longer, it means that you can thoroughly clean your floors more effectively without having to worry about causing damage with harsh chemicals. Epoxy Grout is your solution to longer lasting floors Epoxy grout is used in larger tiled surface areas normally in commercial applications.  Business owners use Epoxy grout in public tiled areas with high levels of foot traffic because it’s durable, and easy to clean.  Even home owners are starting to see the benefits of using Epoxy grout in tiled areas, particularly in showers.  It is important to select the correct grade of epoxy grout as they are not all the same.  Your GroutPro specialist can explain the differences and offer a suitable product for your application. GroutPro offers grout repair and re-grouting services Our GroutPro specialists were called out to a commercial kitchen at Springwood Country Club – Bathurst, to remove and replace 80 square metres of damaged grout and perform repairs to damages substrate and replace detached tiles.  As the work was in a busy operational kitchen, our teams were working outside operating hours to ensure as little interruption to their business as possible. Check out the photos below to see the results of how it came out. If you are interested in restoring the tiles and grout in your commercial kitchen or tiled area, contact us today or find a GroutPro specialist near you. A full kitchen clean, ColourSeal and silicone replacement, photo's show the before and after of the services The worst offending grout of the...

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Tile Repair – Are Your Tiles Hollow, Cracked or Loose?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Damaged Tiles, Dirty Grout, Tile Cleaning, Tile Repair, Tile Replacement | Comments Off on Tile Repair – Are Your Tiles Hollow, Cracked or Loose?

Need Loose, Cracked Tile Repair? GroutPro can help…. Have you ever walked across a tiled floor to hear them sounding ‘hollow’? Hollow meaning that certain areas of the tiles sound and feel loose underfoot. These are areas in which the bottom of the tile is not in contact with the underlying substrate. Unfortunately this is a regular occurrence in older properties where the tiles may have been laid with the original slab and the substrate or adhesive has deteriorated over time. The hollow sound may be a result of ‘spot-bonding’ during the installation. ‘Spot bonding’ is when the installer applies a spot of bonding (adhesive) to just the corners and centre of the floor tile and presses it into place. This leaves voids under the tile and ultimately the entire area of flooring. When this method is used you will hear the hollow sound where there is no adhesive i.e. the void. Over time this causes cracking of the tiles and grouting which runs between these tiles. Once the grout has cracked it falls through to leave holes between the tiles. This is the type of situation recently faced by our Goonellabah team. A large area of the floor was hollow and cracks had started to appear. The homeowner needed our help to repair 123 loose tiles. About the same time last year the Goonellabah GroutPro team had repaired 4 similar apartments within the complex and the owner had retained many tiles which were used on these jobs. Area of tiles to repairRemoving the hollow tiles We were not as lucky with this latest job and were only able to find four spare tiles which another apartment owner kindly donated to us. Each tile had to be carefully removed to ensure the tile did not crack. The team managed to lift all 122 tiles without a scratch with just one tile cracking as it was removed. Each tile was then cleaned to remove the old adhesive and re-laid into place. The homeowner had also decided to change the colour of the entire floor grouting so the repair of hollow tiles was just part of the full job. After 36 hours of painstaking work with 50m2 of grout replacement and colour sealing the outcome was fantastic. The floor area was now level, the colour matched well to the home decor and the overall look was like new again. The Homeowner was very excited by the outcome and couldn’t wait to take some pictures to share with family. Finished tile repair in kitchen and dining roomFloor tiles replace and grout recoloured If you’re having similar tiling issues in your home, don’t wait any longer get your local GroutPro team in to give you an assessment of the job and an obligation free...

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