Tile Grout: The Silent Contaminant

September 24, 2018
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"Green" living has been around since the 1960s and has become more popular in recent decades, with concerns for our environment increasing by the year. You can find efforts to live better, like living healthier lives, using products that are designed to be safer for the environment, and support movements to eliminate contaminants in products ranging from household cleaners to production methods. Even with all these efforts to leave a smaller footprint on our environment, there are still hidden dangers that are overlooked or ignored all together. The construction industry, for the most part, is still clinging to the use of grout products that can be harmful not only to the environment but to people and animals as well. Why is the contracting industry still embracing the use of these potentially harmful products when there is a better alternative like The Tile Doctor's eco-friendly Litokol Starlike Grouting Products?

Image of a Bucket of Cement Grout


What is Tile Grout and What Are Its Dangers?

Grout is something many people don't think much about. Others, like contractors, specifiers and home décor specialists, understand the fundamental purpose of grout and the aesthetic possibilities it offers as well. Tile grout refers to materials used to fill the gaps between tiles and buffer the space between tiles. Grout is often used in tile installations where the natural expansion and contraction of the tile materials causes them to crack, chip, and peel. Grout comes in a variety of colors and it is made from a variety of substances, so it can be used, not only as a means of keeping tiles sturdy and in place but for design purposes as well.

Cement-based grout, available in both sanded and un-sanded forms, has been used for generations, and it is still in use today. Cement is porous and susceptible to breaking down due to the elements if it isn't sealed properly. Other types of grout, such as epoxy grout, do not need to be sealed. Epoxy grout is a far superior grout product for tile and mosaic projects, but many contractors still cling to the use of cement grout because it is less expensive in the short-term and because they believe it's easier to use.

All types of grout can be dangerous. Cement grout is particularly dangerous, especially if it contains silica. Prolonged or repeated exposure to the product, such as that of contractors who work with it all the time, can cause skin irritation, and issues with breathing caused by the silica found in cement-based grouts. It only takes a little of the fine respirable silica dust to present a health hazard.

Epoxy Grout is made up of epoxy resins and a filler. Epoxy grout is far superior to cement grout in performance and durability because it isn't porous and is resistant to stains, the forces of nature, and heavy traffic. Many people consider epoxy grout safer to use than cement grout, but there are still health risks associated with using epoxy grout. For instance, problems can arise where there is skin contact. For some people, epoxy grout can be irritant, causing an allergic outbreak of Dermatitis (eczema). Some hardeners are strongly alkaline and can cause irritation and burns. But not all epoxy grouts are dangerous, The Tile Doctor's Starlike epoxy grout is non-corrosive and is safe for the environment and the installer, which is a plus.

Image of a Child and a Dog Diving in a Pool with Safe, Epoxy Grout

The Tile Doctor 's epoxy grout is safe for installers and the environment. Some other grouts contain antimicrobials, which are meant to be beneficial when in fact they can be harmful to the environment if they make their way into bodies of water. These antimicrobials can kill off bacteria necessary for sustaining plant and water life.

When old tile is removed to replace it with new tile, something has to be done with all the tiles and moldy grout that has been removed. All of that waste goes into landfills, which can cause environmental concerns over time. Many epoxy grouts contain Bisphenol A (BPA) and have a higher VOC rating than some other types of grout, which means toxic gases can be present, presenting even more dangers to the environment when these products are disposed of in landfills, or in many cases, disposed of illegally in lakes, rivers, and streams. Many grouts are listed as corrosive and have high VOC counts. These can be especially detrimental to the environment when they are disposed of, and they certainly aren't fit for your home. The Tile Doctor 's Starlike epoxy grouts are environmentally friendly, non-toxic (no VOCs), and safe for disposal because it does not have a negative impact on the environment or on installers. It's also safe for consumers and pets.

Exterior Green Grout

Ensuring Grout is Safe for Your Home

If you've moved into a home that already has tile and the grout is inferior in quality, such as the cement-based grout found in older, and even newer homes, the only way to ensure you have a "green" grout in your home is to have the work re-done. Re-grouting with The Tile Doctor 's Starlike grout products will give you the peace of mind to know you're using grout products that are safe for you, your family, and the environment. The Tile Doctor is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Litokol Starlike Grout products. Starlike Grout contains no pigments and doesn't use chemicals that are harmful to the environment or to people and pets. Starlike epoxy grout brings the durability, resistance to staining, and weather resistance you can only find in a high-quality epoxy grout with the non-toxic, environmentally-friendly features you expect in this day and age when concern for the environment is more important than ever. Your home is too important to use anything less than the best, safest grout on the market.

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Litokol's Starlike grout color collections come in distinct color varieties that give you over 159 colors and finishes options, allowing you a range of custom design possibilities to suit any project. Our Spotlight, Gold, Galaxy and Night Vision finishes can be mixed with Starlike grout products to create stunning and unique results in your tile projects, such as metallic and glitter effects. Starlike products offered by The Tile Doctor also include Starlike Crystal, a two-component translucent epoxy grout for clear glass mosaics. The Tile Doctor also offers Starlike Color Crystal Grout, which comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to bring dazzle to your tile work, and Starlike Crystal Glass Grout Jewels, which can bring a stunning addition to your glass tile work.

Different Types of Color and Glitter Grout
Whether you're looking for brilliant colors, metallic colors, or subtle classic colors, you can find the right epoxy grout products at The Tile Doctor, where we believe that innovation is key to staying on top of the ever-changing tile and stone market. The Tile Doctor brings functionality as well as aesthetics, ensuring consumers always have the best grout products and design options available. If you're looking for the best grout on the market and a way to do your part in preserving the integrity of the environment, The Tile Doctor brings you all right tile grout products.

To learn more about our superior tile epoxy grout products and our line of sealers, cleaners, and maintenance products for your tile installation projects, contact us today at 1-877-TileDoc (845-3362). We look forward to helping you!

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