It is difficult to imagine the repair of a bathroom or kitchen without the use of wall and floor tiles. The finishing touch of the tile overlay is the use of grout, which gives an aesthetic appearance and protects against premature lagging of the material from the surface. One of the leaders in this market is Litokol brand products. Its features and advantages will be discussed below.
Brand Product Benefits
All products of the Litokol brand meet the highest requirements for the production of building mixtures. The fact is that the company was founded in Europe, namely in Italy, where advanced equipment for the production of dry mixes is used. Since only high quality raw materials are used in the creation of all brand products, this ensures the long service life of all building mixtures.
Litokol grouts have an important property - versatility. This means that you can use grout for both indoor and outdoor use, and the result will be equally excellent. Conveniently, the same Litokol grout can be used for laying various types of materials: both tile and porcelain.
Unreliability and resistance to damage and ultraviolet rays are also strengths of the brand. Thanks to the use of Litokol grout, you can postpone the next repair, because the seams between the tiles will retain their original color after a very long time.
The technical characteristics that Litokol grouts have are very diverse. Each variety performs its function and has certain properties. For example, STARLIKE DEFENDER epoxy grout is safe , bactericidal and approved for use in hospitals, swimming pools or in various warehouses. Another significant advantage of Litokol epoxy grout is the absence of smell, which is ideal for work in poorly ventilated areas.
Technical characteristics of cement grouts are usually distinguished by their properties of resistance to mechanical stress and deformation. These characteristics include LITOCHROM 1-6 and LITOCHROM 3-15 cement grouting mixtures. In addition, they have increased resistance to abrasion and fading, which is perfect for internal and external work.
As for polyurethane grout mixtures, these Litokol mixtures are ideal for working in wet rooms. They have increased elasticity and water-repellent element, as well as high resistance to various aggressive chemical environments. The ideal solution for grouting in areas such as:
- "warm floor;
- stairs and platforms;
- building facades;
- rooms with normal or high humidity.
Variations in the composition and form of release
Litokol grout mixes are presented in three main types: cement, epoxy (including two-component) and polyurethane. Any user can choose a grout depending on the conditions in which he has to put the finishing material.
- Cement grouting mixtures are the most common due to their versatility, as they are suitable for outdoor indoor work, and low cost. It is very good to use such grouts for processing various widths of joints: both narrow and wide.
- Epoxy grouts are ideal for use in the bathroom and pool, as they are highly resistant to moisture. Moreover, the line of epoxy mixtures is characterized by the greatest color variety, therefore it is ideally suited for almost any finishing material.
- Polyurethane grouts are the pride of the company. They are advanced and made on the basis of polyurethane resin. Such grout mixtures are ideal for flooring, as they withstand high physical stress and are resistant to deformation.
The company's assortment has various decorative additives that allow you to experiment with the decor and create a unique mix. Litokol offers customers different forms of production of mixtures: in plastic buckets and bags, different in weight.
The color range of grout mixtures is extremely diverse, especially among the epoxy type. In total, the assortment has about 32 shades, which is an impressive indicator among competitors.
Among the palette of two-component epoxy mixtures, there is even a transparent shade suitable for working with glass tiles. The most popular is the shade of wenge, which is suitable for working with porcelain stoneware and other finishing materials that have a natural color. Light beige grout is no less popular, because it is used in work with many light finishing materials.
As for the consumption of grouting, on many sites there is a calculator that will allow you to very accurately calculate how much material is needed for each particular case. For those buyers who do not trust automatic calculators, the manufacturer offers an expense table.
On average, the consumption of Litokol grout mixes varies from 0.25 to 0.5 kg per 1 m2. The final amount of product depends on the type of grout chosen, the width of the joints, the tile format, as well as the laying area. The manufacturer indicates on the marking the width of the seams for the processing of which each specific tool is designed. The numbers after the name of the grout indicate to the buyer the width of the seams.
Instructions for use
First of all, it is necessary to prepare a mixture solution, since cement and epoxy grouts are available in powder form. The polyurethane type does not require preparation for use.
It is important to note that when using a two-component mixture, it should be stirred not manually, but using a mechanical stirrer. It is in this case that the mixture will turn out to be much better.
The next step is to prepare the surface itself. It is necessary to remove the old coating, dirt and various residues of glue or cement screed. Do not neglect these procedures, since only on a clean surface will the grout hold for the entire period declared by the manufacturer.
It’s easy to figure out how to properly grout tile joints. To do this, it is best to use a rubber spatula or plaster trowel. You should also start work from the far corner of the room. The seams are filled with a trowel at an angle of 45 degrees.
After the mixture is applied to the tile joints, it is worth removing all the stains from the grout for 45 minutes. This must be done in a timely manner, until the mixture has finally solidified. An ordinary sponge or rubber spatula, previously moistened with water, is perfect for this.
Start walking on the treated surface of the tile in most cases, you can start after 24 hours. But it is worth considering that this is also a grout composition, since different compositions dry out differently. Full operation and hardening of the surface with the condition of exposure to any chemical compounds is allowed 5-7 days. It is necessary to maintain the declared temperature conditions during this period, for example, for an epoxy mixture, this temperature is approximately plus 23 degrees.
How to store?
The shelf life of Litokol grouts is determined by the type of mixture itself. Usually the shelf life of the cement mixture is 12 months, and the shelf life of epoxy and polyurethane is 24 months. Storage of the mixture occurs at an average temperature of + 10 ... +30 degrees. But it can also vary by type of mixture.
However, polyurethane grout has a big plus, since after its application, the remaining material can be reused. It should be stored at a temperature of + 5 ... +30 degrees. In such conditions, this mixture can be reused without problems after several months.
Customer feedback on quality
Litokol grout customer reviews are very positive. Many consumers like the rich color scheme offered by the manufacturer, which allows you to choose the color of the grout mixture for any tile. The result itself is also pleasing, the seams are neat, strong, and all types of grout do not turn yellow and do not blacken over time.
However, many do not recommend the use of epoxy grout for independent work, as this is a difficult tool to apply. Nevertheless, many consumers leave feedback on the successful work with this product, even with initial experience. Also, users of these products note that Litokol grout is one of the best in its price category.
Before starting work, it is worth making sure that the room temperature is within the permissible norm. For example, for some Litokol epoxy mixtures, this norm is + 16 ... -25 degrees. This is due to the fact that at low temperature the composition begins to harden, it becomes too viscous and it is difficult, inconvenient to work with it.
If stubborn stains and deposits remain when working with the grout, you can use the special Litostrip gel.
Also, for more comfortable work, the manufacturer recommends purchasing additional tools:
- combined cellulose sponge, which forms seams faster;
- skipper - a special bucket equipped with rollers for spinning;
- grater with replaceable cellulose nozzle used for cleaning residues.
When you have a complete picture of tile grouts from Litokol, making the right choice is easy. In order for the material to show its best side, it is enough to use the recommendations given above.
See the following video for the properties of Litokol grout.