Looking for opinions/experience with floor grout

chicgeekNovember 25, 2012

Hi. I posted this question in the kitchen forum and didn't get alot of response, so I am hoping maybe I can get some help here. We are having tile installed in our kitchen/dining/FR & foyer. There will be alot of foot traffic. The tile is 6x24" wood look plank porcelain tile. The grout will be a brown color. We have 3 cats so we are looking for something that will be durable and stain resistant (b/c of the cats...and spills in the kitchen)

Our contractor is suggesting we use Laticrete Spectralock. One tile dealer suggested urethane grout, but from what I've been told there is a curing time involved when the tile isn't to be exposed to water. I'm concerned since it will be in the kitchen (potential water, spills, etc). Another tile dealer said they don't offer urethane grout, but we could use epoxy grout. But I've been reading online about potential fumes from epoxy grout installation and we have a family member with a chemical fume sensitivity.

What have been your experiences been with your floor grout? What kind do you have and are you happy with it? If you have epoxy or urethane, do you think there is a difference? If you used epoxy grout, where there significant fumes, etc? If you are experienced with tile and grout, is Laticrete enough for our needs?

Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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Haven't used any of the urethane or epoxy grouts. We had our tile guys use TEC XT grout for two of our bathrooms and for our travertine floor tile in the FR/entry/guest bedroom. It's a cement-based grout, that is supposed to be more crack, stain, mold and mildew resistant than other cement-based grouts. So far it is holding up well (bathrooms are 2-2 1/2 years old, FR....floor is a year old).

Tile guy found it to be "stickier" than regular cement grout (same mixing-up requirement--thick consistency). I think clean-up might have required a little more elbow grease because of that (stickiness). Requires a "dry" clean-up (very well wrung out sponge).

Doesn't require sealing, but can be sealed with a solvent-based sealer. FWIW, We used STT's SB sealer. Very easy to work with, and minimal, minimal odor.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 11:46AM
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I did install spectralock for an owner who was chemically sensitive.

They stayed out of the house the first night. Had no issues when she returned the next day.

I don't have any way to gauge how much is too much, but I can tell you that I use a fair amount of epoxy (West Systems), which I purchase by the gallon, in some of my projects. If it's worth anything to you, I wear a respirator when using West Systems epoxy. But I don't when using spectralock.

Spectralock does have "that odor" when first mixing it. But it dos seem to dissipate rather quickly.

You could call Laticrete and ask their tech department.
1.800.243.4788 x235 or technicalservices@laticrete.com

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 7:47PM
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I used Spectralock and it did not seem to be very smelly. But as Mongo states what is too much. If someone has a true reaction to an allergen that is a medical emergency, period. I love my grout and am very happy I did the Laticrete Spectralock. It is a quality product. I followed the instructions carefully and feel that it is going to meet my needs in my bathroom/mudroom. Good luck.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 7:59PM
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I definitely recommend epoxy grout for high traffic and high pet areas. It scrubs clean instead of absorbing the dirt and discoloring over time.

I used Laticrete Spectralock in several rooms and was happy with it. I'm not sensitive to fumes, but don't remember noticing any particularly.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 9:54PM
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