Laticrete Launches New PermaColor Select Grout

Laticrete has announced the newest addition to their comprehensive line of grout products, PermaColor Select, ready to launch on February 3, 2015. PermaColor Select sets itself apart from other traditional grouts with an innovative, two component design that features a highly engineered, neutral-colored grout “Base” with the industry’s first dispensable dye “Color Pack.” The highly pigmented Color Packs produce the most consistent and uniform colors on the cementitious grout market with the premier performance that you’ve come to expect from Laticrete.

permacolor_selectPermaColor Select can be used in both residential and commercial installations and provides optimum performance in interior and exterior applications. The 40 vibrant colors (plus 30 top colors from competitors) resist efflorescence, and with StoneTech Sealer Technology already implemented in the grout formula, no further sealing is required.

PermaColor Select is suitable for grout joints from 1/16″  to 1/2″ on both walls and floors and is reinforced with Kevlar for crack and shrink resistance. Additionally, PermaColor Select features GreenGuard certification for low VOC along with Anti-Microbial Protection, making it ideal for areas that need extra defense such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Using PermaColor Select is a simple and straightforward. The PermaColor Select Base is available in 12.5 lb and 25 lb bags and does not contain any premixed color or pigment. To add the color, use 1 PermaColor Select Color Pack per 12.5 lb bag of Base or 2 Color Packs per 25 lb bag of Base (each Color Kit contains 2 Color Packs). To mix, drop the dispersible Color Packs directly into a bucket of clean water and mix until the pigment is dispersed and the packet has dissolved (similar to how laundry or dishwater packets dissolve).

When the Color Pack is no longer visible, add the PermaColor Select Base and mix with a slow speed drill mixer for a minute. Allow the grout to slake for 5 minutes, and then mix for one additional minute. At this point, the grout is properly mixed and ready for installation.

The ingenuity of PermaColor Select is not only its top-of-the-line performance but also in the two component design that becomes an asset to a  contractor’s business. The advanced pigment technology of the Color Packs and strict manufacturing quality control virtually eliminates color variation between batches. Additionally, because the grout Base requires separate Color Packs and does not contain any pigment, leftover Base stock can be used job after job, reducing inventory and waste.

Join us in store on February 17, 2015 for a Laticrete New Product Training Seminar!

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AquaMixDirect.com Now Offers More Colors Choices For Grout Colorants

On our sister site, AquaMixDirect.com, we take pride in offering all of the products that Aqua Mix has to offer. One thing we wanted to do is make sure our customers have access to all of the grout colorants regardless of what color they are trying to match. In order to do this, we had to add multiple manufacturers to our list.

If you are in the market for Aqua Mix brand Grout Colorant, you can match with Aqua Mix, Custom, Laticrete, Mapei, TEC and Bonsal colors. With all of these options, you’re bound to find the color you need.

Don’t forget that every Grout Colorant is made to order and requires a lead time of up to 10 days so plan your projects accordingly!

Dealing With Mold In Your Grout

Removing mold from grout has always been a tough issue to tackle. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable staff but mold removal can be more complicated than it seems. We threw this question out to the community over at the John Bridge forum and this is what the experts had to say:

John Koessler at Koessler Enterprises wrote:

Mold is a tough topic to address. I learned in a seminar a while back to refer to it as BOG (Biological Organic Growth). There is no set solution. Some is established on the surface, such as perimeter caulk joints, caused by entrapment of soap or shampoo residual. Other can be subsurface, such as appearing on the surface of the grout, but actually starting on the paper surface of wet drywall, thus it’s constant reappearance after cleaning.

Lastly, the worst case scenario, I will call internal. One example is when extreme moisture is present in a wall cavity, and various types of mold are growing (some of which is toxic and can severely affect the health of sensitive individuals).

This is when a mold remediation team must be sent in. If contractors uncover this type of situation, it is their duty to notify the homeowner of the situation, and hire a mold remediation team. It will be the contractors liability if he doesn’t take the appropriate action.

The scenarios that I have described above are why there is no simple solution. While they vary from mild to extreme, IMHO, they really require an on site visit to determine the cause of the growth to give accurate advise on possible remedies.

This thread can be viewed HERE and we will continue to post more responses as they come in.

Why Does My Grout Have Holes?

We were approached by a customer who was wondering why his grout had holes in it and what he could do to fix it.

The holes that our customer was noticing was actually due to the grout drying with bubbles in it. The same way milk can be beat to a fluffy foam, when grout is mixed too fast or aggressively, it too can become aerated and installed with air bubbles in the mixture. This will leave little holes in the grout and can be unattractive.

At this point, the solution for this problem would be to grind down the grout about halfway and regrout it with the proper mixture.

If you ever have a question you would like answered on here, send us an email to store@stonetooling.com!