Time takes its toll on your grout. When left unsealed, grout becomes porous which draws in stains and dirt that can eventually become trapped. This makes it a whole lot harder to clean your tiles as stains start to set in on a more permanent level.
You may notice that regular methods of cleaning such as mopping or vacuuming just won’t cut it. Your unsealed floors, baths, showers will still look dirty as they continue to nurture the growth and further build-up of soap scum, bacteria and mould.
Seal your tiles sooner rather than later! Professional Tile Sealing or on your own is truly a great investment. Not only can you restore the look of your tiles, but your house will be cleaner, your tiles will require far less maintenance and you can prevent damage from happening.
Products that should be sealed for protection
• Raw porcelain tiles including polished, matt, textured, structured, rockface etc.
• ALL types of natural stone tiles
• Raw concentrate or cement tiles
• Most pre-sealed tiles as they tend not to last a long time
• Cheap grout
Products you can seal for easier cleaning
• Glazed tiles
• Glass tiles
• Quality grout
Thinking about sealing your tiles? Below are some useful DIY tips on how to:
#1 Clean your tiles beforehand
Before sealing tile and grout, it is highly recommended that you get your tiles cleaned thoroughly. If you want to seal new grout, you should leave your tiles for at least 72 hours until they’ve properly cured.
Old tiles, however, will need to be cleaned from any dust, dirt, grease and adhesive. You can do this by using eco-friendly products such as baking soda and water to make your own paste or make a vinegar solution by mixing white vinegar and water (distilled water is best to avoid any chemical stains). You can also use gentle dishwashing liquid, water and a sponge.
This can take a lot of scrubbing and mopping to clean up. So if you want to save yourself the elbow grease, get in contact with the professionals today! At Fusion Restoration, we will have your tiles cleaned that will produce the best possible results you can ask for!
#2 Prepare before you start
After cleaning your grout and tile, allow it to dry. In the meantime, you can prepare a bucket of warm water and gentle dishwashing liquid in a bucket. This will come in handy in case you have to wipe off any residue from the sealer.
Remove any materials or object away from the tiles or if they are attached to your tiles, simply tape them off. For larger tiles it is worth getting masking tape to carefully tape off the grout. This will protect the tiles and also save you time later so that you don’t have to clean up residue.
Apply masking tape on each side of the grout streams. You can start by taping off the grout horizontally and after you have completely finished them you can tape off the vertical grout streams. For smaller tiles especially, keep your cloth and cleaning bucket at hand to wipe off any excess.
#3 Choose your sealer
There are two main types of sealers to choose from. The first is membrane sealers which form a barrier to protect your grout and tile. The second are penetrating sealers which are made to be absorbed by your grout. Make sure the sealer you buy will last a long time. A quality penetrating sealer, for example, will set invisibly and can last for a minimum of 15 years!
#4 Read the instructions
Before you start you must read the instructions and put on your recommended safety gear. Shake the sealer bottle well and begin.
#5 Begin sealing your grout
Now you can start applying your tile and grout sealer. Sealers are normally applied with a small bristled or foam brush. Some sealers come with their own brush, otherwise, you may have to find one.Make sure to apply the sealer in thin coats to allow it to penetrate. It is recommended to apply two coats of sealer. So leave between 30 minutes and an hour between each coat.
# 6 Allow to dry and finish with a polish
After the second coat dries, you can remove the tape and use a dry cloth to polish off any sealer residue. If any sealer has dried on your tiles then use a damp sponge to clean it away before it cures.
#7 Tape and seal your vertical grout streams
If you started by sealing your grout streams horizontally, you will now need to seal them vertically. Simply repeat the steps 1-5 again, except this time taping off the grout vertically.
#8 Allow the sealed grout to dry
If you have sealed your tiled floor than allow between 4-6 hours before walking on it. In addition, it will need a few days before it is completely cured. Freshly sealed bathroom tiles will need approximately 72 hours before the shower can be used again. If you want to test if you’re tiling have fully sealed, splash some water onto the sealed areas to see if it puddles over the treated grout.
Tile and grout sealing is a simple thing you can do that will make your life so much easier. Quality tile sealer will have your tiles looking great for a long time.
Seal your tiles today and you can get back your time! Don’t waste another second furiously scrubbing or worrying about permanent damage from spills and accidents! Be smart and seal!
Originally posted: https://www.restorefloor.com.au/tips-tile-sealing/