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Michal Johnson is owner of Grout Works Bay Area, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 385-8936 or by email.

Michal Johnson

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Michal Johnson: A Hands-On Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ANTIOCH — After working in the petrochemical industry for nearly three decades, Michal Johnson decided to pursue a more hands-on career. “During my 28 years in the petrochemical industry, I traveled a lot and worked in oil refineries all over the nation,” he recounts. “After being transferred to Northern California in the early 2000s, I began thinking seriously about starting my own business. I love working with my hands and had accumulated a lot of home improvement experience from flipping investment properties. I particularly enjoyed working with tile, so that seemed like a good thing to specialize in. I started my own tiling business in 2011 and have been doing it ever since.”

Today, as owner of Grout Works Bay Area, Michal says his favorite part of his job is the artistry involved. “I get excited about doing a tile project and enjoy watching it go from the demolition stage to a beautiful finished product. I also love seeing the expression on the customer’s face when they see it for the first time—that brings me joy.”

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Michal now resides in the East Bay Area. Outside of work, he engages in a variety of active pastimes. “I enjoy traveling, listening to music, going to the movies and spending time with friends,” he details. “I have a lot of family and friends back in Baton Rouge, so I visit there fairly often to see them and get some of that good Cajun-Creole cooking.”

When asked about a professional philosophy, Michal espouses the importance of integrity. “My main philosophy is to be open, honest and true to my word,” he affirms. “With every job, I aim to give the customer 110 percent. By doing my best and doing right by my clients, I’m able to achieve a level of success that I can be proud of.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Italy.

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?

A: Comedy, drama and action.

Q: If you could instantly pick up a new skill, what would you choose?

A: I’d like to be a stock market expert.

Q: What was your first job?

A: When I was 12, I got a job at the community supermarket cleaning floors and stocking shelves.

Q: What styles of music do you enjoy?

A: Mainly R&B, jazz and gospel.

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How to Prevent Soap Scum in Your Shower


ANTIOCH — One of the biggest problems with showers is keeping them clean. Over time, shower tiles accumulate soap scum, which can be hard to remove. What makes soap scum so difficult to deal with is the fact that it develops gradually—in… Read more

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Video: Preventing Soap Scum in the Shower

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ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: Any shower accumulates soap scum over time, but with a simple step, you can keep yours squeaky clean. Today we’re in Antioch with… Read more

Hany Louis is CEO and general manager of The Tile & Grout King Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (408) 622-0338 or by email.

Hany Louis

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Hany Louis: Tile Royalty

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA — The son of a general contractor, Hany Louis has been immersed in the construction and remodeling trades since childhood. When it came time for him to choose his own professional path, however, he decided on an industry niche that would not only utilize his knowledge and experience, but feed his artistic side as well. “Out of all the trades, tile work is one of the most versatile and artistic, which is why I think it appealed to me so much,” he explains. “With most other trades, there’s either a right way or a wrong way of doing things, but when it comes to tile work, there are all kinds of right.”

Hany founded The Tile & Grout King Inc. in 2007, and he says he still appreciates the artistic attributes that characterize his craft, particularly working with designs and collaborating with customers on ideas. He also derives fulfillment from the positive feedback he receives from satisfied clients. “Our reviews are foundational to the success of our company,” he affirms. “Hearing customers rave about how much they love our team, our service and the quality of our work brings me a real sense of satisfaction.”

A resident of Santa Clara—where he lives with wife, Michelle, and son, Jordan—Hany says he appreciates the cultural climate that distinguishes the region. “Besides being a nice, classy area, the Silicon Valley is an exciting place to live. What better place to be than in the midst of the technology capital of the world?”

Outside of work, Hany enjoys participating in activities that combine recreation and exercise. “I’m not a fan of working out, simply because I don’t enjoy the repetitive nature of it, so I stay in shape by playing competitive sports like volleyball.” Additionally, Hany and his family enjoy going on winter snowboarding excursions at various Lake Tahoe resorts.

In his life and career, Hany emphasizes the value of prioritizing family. “I think it’s important to put your family first, because once you understand the value of family, it guides you in other aspects of your life,” he explains. “This is something I’ve learned from experience, having become a father while still in high school. My son is the reason I turned my life around—he motivated me to complete my education and start my business, and I don’t think I’d be here if it wasn’t for him.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Hany says he’d take his snowboarding hobby to an international level. “I’d definitely do some traveling. I’d love to just tour the world and find some new snowboarding spots along the way!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Jose Sharks.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Kenzo Sushi in South San Jose.

Q: Did you play any high school sports?
A: I wrestled and played football.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Cookies—I’m a legitimate cookie monster.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up?
A: “MacGyver.”

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The Importance of Resealing Tile


SANTA CLARA — A common misconception about tile is that once it’s installed, the only maintenance required is regular surface cleaning. However, when it comes to tile materials like stone, porcelain and ceramic, an important additional step is continuous resealing.… Read more

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Video: Proper Stone, Tile & Grout Maintenance

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SANTA CLARA — Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure the longevity of your stone, tile and grout, its important to know how to properly care for… Read more