Have you had your grout and tile cleaned and sealed recently? Many people don’t realize that tile and grout can be sealed and that there are benefits to do so. For those who don’t know or understand the process to cleaning and sealing your tile and grout, Silver State Floor Restoration will share more about tile and grout cleaning and sealing.
Purpose of Grout for Tile
It is common to have tile in bathrooms or kitchen or in places where there is exposure to moisture. The grout plays a major role in protecting the tile and the surface underneath the tile and keeping it safe from moisture. The grout seals the edges and seams between the tiles, preventing moisture from seeping underneath them. However, where the grout is essential, it does have a few flaws, mostly in that grout is very porous. The grout pores collect moisture, dirt and other particles and even house bacteria, algae, mold and mildew. Because grout gets dirty and breeds bacteria and fungi, it is important to have the grout cleaned. To prevent future problem is it recommended to seal the grout after cleaning. The sealant provides a simpler surface to clean and maintain cleaner grout and tile.
Bacteria & Mold in Tile Grout
Many people will never seal their tile and grout. They believe you just need to clean the grout when it gets dirty. However, often by then it is too late. Mold and bacteria is already thriving inside the grout. Once bacteria takes hold inside the grout it can be difficult to remove. Eventually the bacteria can begin to erode the grout and it will begin to break off into small pieces. To help protect your tile and the grout, which will extend the life of the tile, consider using a professional tile and grout cleaning and sealing service. By having the grout professionally cleaned and sealed, it can help ensure there is no bacteria still living inside the pores. Also, by having the grout sealed it can prevent future bacteria from infesting the grout. Additionally having the tile and grout sealed helps maintain cleaner looking tile. The tile and grout is much easier to maintain and keep clean. There are many benefits of having tile and grout sealed.
Deep Penetrating Sealant VS Surface Sealer
Which types of tile should be sealed? Essentially all types of tile and grout can be sealed. Natural stones require a sealant where porcelain and ceramic benefit from a sealer. There are two main types of sealer used on tile and grout: one is a penetrating sealant which is absorbed into the tile and grout filling in the pores. The second is a surface sealer that coats the surface creating a transparent barrier between the tile and grout. The surface sealer provides a slight luster surface that brings out the color in the tile. Which type is needed varies on the type of tile that is being sealed. However, a professional can help determine which one is best for those who may not know what types of tile they have. In most cases, porcelain and ceramic tile should use a penetrating sealer while natural stone should use a surface sealer.