It is often recommended by tile and grout cleaning and maintenance experts that the tile and grout is properly sealed. Many people may think sealing is a luxury service or not a necessary one. Others may know nothing about sealing the tile and grout and in any case, many consumers have questions regarding tile and grout sealing. To help offer more understanding and answer some questions, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to answer the more common of the frequently asked questions today.
Does Tile & Grout Need to Be Sealed & Other FAQ
What are Grout Sealers? Sealers are a special formulated substance that seeps into the pores of grout. Sealers are available in liquid form or gaseous form and is usually transparent or white when in liquid form.
What is the Purpose of Grout Sealing? Being porous in nature, the grout between the tiles is always made up of sand. To prevent any kind of moisture from working its way up to your tiled walls, grout sealers offer protection. During the tile and grout installation process is when sealing is most preferably done. When applied on the grout, a grout sealer fills in the pores of the grout not keeping any room for moisture to seep in. However, resealing is necessary about once every year.
When Should Grout Sealing be Done? As mentioned, sealing applications should be done at the time installation and once a year at minimum. Sealing can be a bit tricky, however. Before the sealants can be applied, the tile and grout need to have a deep, thorough cleaning. Once cleaned, the grout and tile need to be completely dry. After it is free of any kind of moisture, you can seal it. Generally, tiles that do not get wet regularly and the walls where shower water does not reach should be left untouched by water for 48 hours. Surfaces prone to water should be left to dry out for 4-5 days. Sealing the grout with water inside them can cause severe problems, so only after this time grout sealing should be carried out.
How Much Grout Sealer Do I Need? Depending on the size of the tiles dictates the amount of grout sealer you need. In comparison to grout needed to seal the grout in mosaic tiles, if you have large tiles than you will need less grout sealer.
How Does the Grout Sealer Get Applied? If you are trying to execute the sealer application yourself, there 3 methods available.
1) Seal application with a brush. In order to apply grout sealer between the tiles, use a pointed brush. This the most difficult of the 2 methods. To coat the grout well, apply the sealer repeatedly.
2) Application with a roller. Applying the same method as a rush, but you don’t have to be as careful as you do with a brush.
3) Use a spray to seal the tile and grout. You may have to do a lot of tile surface cleaning afterward and it’s the simplest of the three methods. However, more sealant is used. Avoid spraying any unglazed tiles.
How Can I Simplify Grout Sealing applications? For a free inspection, call a tile and grout cleaning professional. Solicit customized cleaning procedures for your needs. This gets all the work done hassle free on your part, and a professional has experience and training to get the job done quickly.
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For sealing services, along with other tile and grout maintenance services in the Las Vegas Valley, call in the professionals of Silver State Floor Restoration and let us assist you!