How To Properly Seal Grout
Grout is the ideal place for harboring dirt, bacteria, mold, and mildew. It is ideal due to its porous nature. Sealing of grout can greatly help keep out these contaminants. It also helps with the appearance of surfaces by protecting it from stains.
Ultra Clean Grout Cleaning recommend that grout needs to be sealed 72 hours after its installation. It needs to be resealed at least once each year. This is more so for high traffic areas such as tile floors and bathrooms.
It is important to note that only cement-based grout should be sealed. Synthetic grouts such as urethane and epoxy don’t need sealing. Sealing such grouts does more harm than good. Do not seal any grout that has been dyed or recolored using epoxy.
Ensure that you reseal your grout after deep cleaning. Strong acidic and alkaline cleaners can break down sealers within the grout. Cleaning should be done thoroughly. It ensures that no stains are left in the grout.
Grout sealing involves two types of grout sealers. The brush applicator is convenient when it comes to sealing small and vertical grout joints. These are found within bathrooms and backsplashes. The roller wheel applicator, on the other hand, is best for sealing wider lines of grout. It is ideal for horizontal surfaces such as tile floors.
Sealing of grout should happen when it isn’t too hot. You should avoid sealing grout in direct sunlight. The sealer does not should dry on tile surfaces while sealing is still ongoing. During summer, you should seal when its the coolest. This can either be in the morning or evening. It is important to look at the instructions contained in the grout sealer to find out the required conditions and temperatures for its use.
The choice that you make when it comes to a grout sealer needs to be of high quality. Low-quality sealers will not guarantee much protection to grout. They may also allow easy staining of your grout. The break down of low-quality sealers is also higher. One quart of high quality and effective grout sealer can approximately seal 200 square feet of your grout.
Liberal amounts of the sealer need to be applied onto grout joints. The grout also needs to be completely saturated with the sealer. There is no need to worry if any of it gets onto tile surfaces. You can wipe that away later on.
You should work on small sections at a time. Grout joints should be saturated with the sealer. This should be for about 5 to 10 minutes. Apply more sealer to the grout once you notice that it is getting absorbed and thereby drying.
Vertical tiles such as bathroom walls and backsplashes need to be sealed first. It can be a challenge to keep vertical joints saturated with the grout sealer for 5 to 10 minutes. You should try getting as much of it into the vertical joints without letting it dry. Continuous application and cleaning of excess sealer off tiles is the best approach while on vertical surfaces. If you need a pro for this contact them here
The roller wheel applicator can be used on horizontal tile surfaces after you are done sealing vertical surfaces. This is an easier process compared to vertical grout sealing. Horizontal surfaces getting dirtier more quickly. You should thoroughly seal horizontal surfaces. This prevents staining and protects the grout from becoming dirty.
Excess sealer then needs to be wiped off. This is after the 5 to 10-minute wait for saturation. Paper towels can be used to remove this excess sealer from grout and tile surfaces. Use a fresh pair of paper towels to clean as soon as the previous ones get saturated. This should continue until no sealer residue is left on tile surfaces. Thorough cleaning is needed to leave no traces behind.
Final inspection should be carried out thereafter. This is to guarantee that no grout sealer or its residue is left behind. In case you notice any grout sealer haze, apply some more sealer to such areas. Ensure that you wipe using a paper towel thereafter.
Let the grout sealer dry before walking on your tile floor. Drying should occur within 3 hours. Do not use any tile surfaces during this time. Liquids should not be spilled on grout lines for 24 hours after sealing. This also applies for dirt and any contaminants. Your grout lines will then be able to lighten up assuming their original color soon as the sealer completely dries off.
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