Marble gum? Acrylic grout? Epoxy grout? Grout shielding?
These are common grout treatment options we have in Singapore for homeowners. And while their main objective is to protect the grout lines of flooring, the way it protects them are quite different.
Before we dive into the details, one point I would like to clarify is this:
Acrylic Grout is a marketing term used by some vendors and Epoxy Grout is the class of grout product that uses Epoxy plastic as a bonder.
Grout shield is a company that specialises in selling grout sealers and they do provide services to do regrouting and applying their sealers ontop. Do note in the Singapore market, there are also other vendors doing the same thing.
So for the Epoxy Grout family of products, we typically see the following offerings:
They all refer to the same product type and have similar pros and cons.
To understand more of this type of grout, please visit https://www.renohoot.sg/Flooring/Grout-Treatment/Buyer_Guide#Epoxy-Grout for more information. We have a comprehensive list of buying considerations and average cost to easily compare among vendors.
Grout sealing is a way of waterproofing the grout and protecting it from elements so that it lasts longer. This helps grout resist stains and dirt which would make cleaning easier. However, note that not all types of grout need to be sealed (e.g. Epoxy grout).
While we do hear grout shield often, there're a number of other vendors in Singapore that do the same.
To find what who else can provide this service, visit https://www.renohoot.sg/Flooring/Grout-Treatment/vendors for our curated list of grout sealer vendors!
A 4 step process where a vendor will remove part of the existing grout, fill it with marble gum floor grout glue, grind the tiles to the same level and apply a layering of wax before polish/buffing to create a glossy marble-like finish.
As the shine comes from the last step of polishing/buffering, it is required to polish again when the sheen wears off (typically around 4 years).
Typically in Singapore, homeowners will do this for their living rooms where they have porcelain tiles. Do note that only Homogeneous tiles (also known as ‘Full Body Porcelain Tiles') are applicable for marble gum grouting. This is due to the grinding process and would require a certain thickness of the tiles.
But most importantly is that the outcome is quite surprising to many. Have a look at the below before and after to appreciate the end-product.
Have a look at our detailed blog post to understand alot more on this type of grout product: https://www.renohoot.sg/blog.