first big glitch, wrong grout
Soooo.. I have had to travel a lot during the last 2 weeks and only home on weekends. While I was gone last week they laid tile and grouted. I got a frantic call from my husband (he was at work as well) that the supervisor called him freaking out about the grout color. I told them it would be fine as long as its the same color as what is on the bathroom walls.
I got home the next day and it definitely was NOT the same color. The supervisor wanted to have them pull it out while it was still wet. He checked the bathroom wall and thought it was the same.
Well it dried much lighter. Likely (I think based upon learning so much from Bill Vincent over the past few years) that he used too much water in the mix. I used "haystack" throughout the den and bathrooms. This looks almost white.
Soooo.. I told them the solution is to use aqua mix grout colourant in "mocha" to match the haystack. The mismatch is VERY obvious at the threshhold of the den the way it is now.
I'm hoping this colourant will correct the problem, as well as act as the sealer. When I googled the problem, it actually led back to a post several years old by Bill on that very problem, with him listing the match of "mocha" to "haystack".
Soooo.. I told him the fix was to do that, and only that. I want them to try that fix first.
My contractor was suprised that I didn't freak out and that I met them at the door with a solution. The supervisor was suprised that I was nice about it to his boss who was also there, since I told him this kind of thing happens with grout.
Obviously they are not charging us for the fix (because I said that up front, "obviously we are not paying for this"), and it will take a few more days. But I also think I'll wind up with more stain impervious grout to be honest. If the color looks good, then all is well that ends well on that front.