1. What is LATICRETE® Aquashield Grout?
LATICRETE® Aquashield grout is hydrophobic cement based joint filling material for tile / stone joints, used in internal & External floor and wall areas. This grout is the best in cement based grouts to resist stains due to water based liquids.
2. What is the pack size of LATICRETE® Aquashield grout?
There are two pack sizes available: 1 Kg and 10 Kg.
3. Where can I use this grout?
You can use LATICRETE® Aquashield grout for internal and external areas like residential, commercial, Industrial floors and walls to install in the joints of ceramic / vitrified/ glass mosaic tiles and engineered marble/quartz stones, natural stones etc. One can use Aquashield grout in kitchens, food courts, corridors, halls, bed rooms and water bodies where maintenance is fast.
4. How much water is to be mixed with Aquashield grout?
400 ml of water should be mixed with 1 kg of this product. It is recommended to use LATICRETE® 1776 grout admix plus instead of water to give better stain resistance, flexibility and durable performance.
5. What is preparation to be done before application of LATICRETE® Aquashield grout?
The following preparation must be done before application of Aquashield grout:
a)Clean the surface of the tiles and joints free of dust and debris with wet cloth or sponge. Remove spacers from the joints.
b)Find out if the tiles were washed with acid based cleaners. If washed with acid based cleaners, wash the tiles again with plenty of clean water to remove any acidic remains in the joints.
c)Don’t allow water to stand in the grout joints prior to grouting. Allow the joints to become dry.
d)Check if all the tools and sufficient grout material is available for completion of job without any disturbance.
e)Cordon off the area and don’t allow any traffic after cleaning the joints.
6. What are the precautions to be taken while applying Aquashield grout?
The following precautions are very important and critical while application of Aquashield grout:
a)Don’t mix with dirty water. Always use clean potable water for to mix with the powder if L1776 admix is not used.
b)Do not mix the grout in
dirty pails, buckets. Always use clean pail to get the best results.
c)If the temperature is too low (Below 12 Degrees Centigrade), use heaters to increase the temperature while installing grout. If the temperature is too high (more than 35 Degrees Centigrade), use cold water or work during the evening / night / early morning to get best results.
d)Don’t use putty blades for application of grout: Putty blades are metallic blades which will leave scratches on the tile surface. ALWAYS USE RUBBER FLOATS so that the tile doesn’t get scratched.
e)Don’t allow any other works like plumbing, electrical fittings, plastering, tiling or painting to be done in the grouting area while applying the Aquashield grout. If there is dust in the air, it settles down on the grouted joint which will be difficult to remove. Don’t allow any traffic other than people who are working with grout.
f)Start initial cleaning with a white sponge in about 30 – 45 minutes time from the time of filling up of joints. Final cleaning must be carried out after 24 hours from the time of first cleaning.
g)Always use potable quality clean water for first and final cleaning of the grout joints.
7. When can I allow foot traffic and heavy traffic on floor joints filled with?
Foot traffic is allowed after 24 hours from the final cleaning of the grout. Heavy traffic is allowed only after 7 days from the day of final cleaning of grout joints. For water bodies, it is recommended to fill the water only after 7 days from the day of final cleaning.
8. What is the minimum size and maximum size of joint that can be filled using LATICRETE® Aquashield grout?
The minimum width of joint should be 1mm and maximum size (width) of joint should be 3mm for installation with LATICRETE® Aquashield. If you are installing LATICRETE® Aquashield in joints wider than 3mm ask LATICRETE® team member for a suitable grout.
are the advantages of Aquashield grout?
The biggest advantage is it is stain resistant and does not allow any stains to form on joints due to spillage of different food materials, beverages etc for at least 2 hours. Besides this, it does not crack, powder or disintegrate with time. It can be safely used on external facades, un-covered terraces, interior walls and floors.
10. Do I get the color that I like to match my tiles?
Aquashield grout is available in 10 attractive contemporary colors to suit your taste of choice of tiles.
11. Can I use this product for industrial floor tile joint filling?
No. For industrial floors and walls use LATAPOXY® 2000 Industrial Epoxy Grout.
12. Can I do the application of Aquashield grout myself?
Though the product is easy to use, it is always recommended to have an experienced application contractor engaged for installation of Aquashield grout.
Follow all the precautions specified above while applying the Aquashield grout. Seek the help of LATICRETE® team member for application.