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Tile School: Grout Release, What Is It and Why You Need It

By Shannon Malone

Tile School: Grout Release, What Is It and Why You Need It

modern ogee drop in white wash grout kitchen tile backsplash

Image: Shooting LA; Design: AIH Development; Tile shown: Ogee Drop in White Wash

Our Tile is typically resistant to staining during the grouting process due to its smooth surface, and pre-sealed crackle glazes.  However if you are using a dark or colored grout with a light Tile color, there is always a chance of staining.  Therefore we recommend protecting your glaze with a grout release product.  Now you may be wondering, what is grout release, and how do I use it?  Well, we're here to provide you with the information you need before installing your handmade tile.

What is Grout Release?

Grout release is a removable, water soluble surface coating that is used to protect tile from staining when using a colored grout.  It also makes grout clean up a little bit easier.

Why do you need it?

As we mentioned before, you will need grout release when you are applying a dark or colored grout to a light tile color.  This especially applies to glazes which have any sort of crackle.  A dark grout will inevitably get into those tiny cracks and stain your tile.  A grout sealer should also be used when applying a dark grout to our Handpainted designs that have a light dry line, such as in the image below.

How to use it?

First you will want to test a small area to see how much grout release you'll need to apply.  You may need more than one coat.  You can apply the grout release with a sponge directly over your pre-grouted tile.  Be sure to cover the entire area you are tiling, once you have determined how much grout release you will need.  Once the grout release has dried you can begin grouting your tile.  Once you have finished, simply wipe away the excess grout and the grout release, and you should have a clean installation!

diamond contour in dark motif wall tile backsplash

Handpainted pattern shown: Diamond Contour in the Dark Motif

If you still have questions about grout release, feel free to call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.