Grout Sealing

Properly Sealing Grout Will Keep It From {{Becoming|Getting }|{Getting|Obtaining }} Dirty And Stained. Grout is {{an extremely|a very }|a very} porous {material|substance} {that|which} {can|{may|can }} harbor dirt, mold, mildew and bacteria.

Sealing your grout will {protect|shield} it from {{these|those }|{those|these }} contaminates and keep it {from|out of} {{becoming|getting }|{getting|becoming }} {{dirty|filthy} and stained|stained and {dirty|filthy }} over time. You should seal your grout 72 hours {after|following} {{it has|it’s }|{it’s|it has }} been installed and {you|you also} {{should|if }|{need|have} to} also re-seal your grout at least once {a|per} years {{especially|particularly }|{particularly|especially }} in showers and {high|higher} traffic areas {like|such as} tile {{floors|flooring }|flooring}.

Why Grout Sealing is Important

Why Grout Sealing is {Important|Vital}

Though tile floors {{are often|tend to be }|tend to be} {easier|simpler} to maintain than others, they do {still |} {need|require} regular {attention|care} beyond {mopping and sweeping|sweeping and cleaning}. {{Much|Far }|A lot} of {this|the} has to do with grout.

Commonly, grout {{consists of|includes }|contains} cement {mixed|blended} with {water, sand|sand, water}, and polymer additives {{that|which }|{which|that }} cures into a hardy, ceramic-like substance. Grout is often {fairly|quite} porous, {{though|although }|{however|nevertheless }}, and {vulnerable|exposed} to liquids and {soil|dirt} seeping into it. This {{can not|can’t }|{can’t|can not }} {only|just} stain and discolor the grout but also damage it and {foster|{boost|increase }} the {growth|development} of mold.

{However|But}, sealing grout {{shortly|soon }|{soon|shortly }} after it {{cures|heals} and reapplying|heals and {heals|fixes }} the sealer at least {{once|after }|one time} {a|each} year {can|may} {{prevent|stop }|{avoid|prevent }} {staining|discoloration} and damage, {as well as|{in addition to|along with }} reducing the {{regular|routine }|normal} cleaning {needed|required}.

How Grout Sealing Works

Before resealing, the grout and surrounding tiles should {{undergo|experience }|{experience|expertise }} deep cleaning to {{remove|eliminate }|{eliminate|remove }} any {{present|existing }|{existing|present }} {dirt and {grime|dirt }|{grime|dirt} and dirt}, then {{permitted|allowed }|allowed} {to|into} {dry|wash} again; this is {{provided|supplied }|{supplied|provided }} as {part|a member} of {the|this} grout sealing service. {{Following|After }|{After|Once }} this, one of two {types|kinds} of sealer is applied:

Penetrating sealer, which uses a water base to carry {latex and silicone|{silicone and latex|latex and silicone }} particles {{into|to }|to} the grout; {these|{those|these }} particles fill in {{gaps|openings} and pores|pores and openings} to {prevent|avoid} any other substances from penetrating. This is the {ideal|perfect} {choice|{selection|choice }} for {normal|ordinary} areas of a {{home|house }|{house|home }} or business.

Solvent-based sealer, which {{creates|generates }|makes} a durable, waterproof barrier over the surface of the grout to block moisture. This works best on resisting water in {showers and moist|moist and showers} {areas|{regions|areas }} of concern; it {{can|may }|{may|can }} also {color|{colour|color }} the grout, but this {{can|may }|{may|can }} be an upside if {{you’re|you are }|{you are|you’re }} {{going|moving }|opting} for a {particular|certain} {{look|appearance }|{appearance|look }}. 

Cleaning and Reapplying Grout

{{Sometimes|Occasionally }|From time to time}, grout is too far gone. Mold, bacteria, and {{mildew that|mold which} are|mold {which|that} {can|could} be} entrenched in grout long {{enough|sufficient} |} can be extremely {{difficult|hard }|{hard|difficult }} to {{remove|eliminate }|{eliminate|remove }} with cleaning, and if the grout is already damaged, then cleaning is of {little|small} {help|{assistance|help }}. While {{regular|routine }|{routine|regular }} sealing {{can|may }|{may|can }} prevent grout from reaching this {stage|{point|stage }}, grout removal and re-application {{can|may }|{may|can }} also help {renew|reestablish} tiling {{that|which }|{which|that }} has seen better days.

Grout Sealing Tips And Advice

You should only seal cement based grout.

Epoxy, urethane and other {types|{kinds|types }} of {synthetic|artificial} grouts {{do not|don’t }|{don’t|do not }} {need|have} to be sealed. Sealing these {types|{kinds|types }} of {synthetic|artificial} grouts can do more {harm|{damage|harm }} than {good|great} for protecting them. Additionally you {{should|if }|ought} not seal your grout {if|{when|if }} {{it has|it’s }|{it’s|it has }} been re-colored, dyed or sealed with an epoxy based grout colorant. 

Grout colorants will {{put|place }|place} a {topical layer|outer coating} of sealer on top of the grout {{that|which }|{which|that }} also serves to seal the grout. Sealing grout {that|{which|that }} has had a grout colorant {{applied|implemented }|implemented} can do more {harm|{damage|harm }} than {good|great} for protecting the grout.

You should only seal cement based grout.

Epoxy, urethane and other {types|{kinds|types }} of {synthetic|artificial} grouts {{do not|don’t }|{don’t|do not }} {need|have} to be sealed. Sealing these {types|{kinds|types }} of {synthetic|artificial} grouts can do more {harm|{damage|harm }} than {good|great} for protecting them. Additionally you {{should|if }|ought} not seal your grout {if|{when|if }} {{it has|it’s }|{it’s|it has }} been re-colored, dyed or sealed with an epoxy based grout colorant. 

Grout colorants will {{put|place }|place} a {topical layer|outer coating} of sealer on top of the grout {{that|which }|{which|that }} also serves to seal the grout. Sealing grout {that|{which|that }} has had a grout colorant {{applied|implemented }|implemented} can do more {harm|{damage|harm }} than {good|great} for protecting the grout.

{You should|You {must|should }} always reseal your grout {{it has|it's }|{it's|it has }} been deep cleaned.

{You should|You {must|should }} always reseal your grout {{it has|it’s }|{it’s|it has }} been deep cleaned. Deep cleaning grout with strong alkaline and acidic {{cleaners|cleansers }|cleansers} can break down the sealers in grout. Grout sealers will also break down over time, so you {{should|if }|{need|have} to} seal your grout at least every 3-5 years. You {should always|always {need|have} to} thoroughly clean your grout {before|{prior to|before }} sealing it. You {{do not|don’t }|{don’t|do not }} {{want|desire }|need} to seal in any dirt and contaminates causing {permanent|irreversible} {hard|difficult} to remove stains in the grout.

Shower grout {gets|has} a {lot|{good deal|lot }} of abuse so {you|that you} {{should|if }|{need|have} to} seal your {shower|bathtub} grout at least once {a|{every|each }} year.

The wet grout in showers is {a perfect|{an ideal|a perfect }} {place|{spot|place }} for dangerous toxic mold to {live and breed|{breed|strain} and live}. Sealing the grout {will|can} help {keep|{prevent|stop }} water from being absorbed {bi|from} the grout. Wet shower grout is {a perfect|{an ideal|a perfect }} place for mold to {{live and bread|bread and live }|bread and {live|reside }} {so|thus} sealing the grout is the {best|{ideal|perfect }} {way|method} to keep mold and mildew from growing in the grout.

There are two {{basic|fundamental }|primary} {types|forms} of grout sealer applicators.

The brush tipped applicator is {convenient|suitable} for sealing {{small|little }|{little|small }} grout joints and for sealing vertical grout joints {found|{located|found }} in showers and backsplashes. The roller wheel type applicator {works|functions} {better|best} for sealing wider grout lines on {{horizontal|flat }|flat} surfaces {like|such as} tile {{floors|flooring }|flooring}.

You {should|need to} seal your grout {{when|if }|if} it {{is not|isn't }|{isn't|is not }} too hot and you {{do not|don't }|{don't|do not }} {want|need} to seal the grout in direct sunlight.

{{It is|It’s }|{It’s|It is }} {{important|significant }|essential} {that |}the sealer {{does not|doesn’t }|{doesn’t|does not }} dry on the tile surface {while|as} {{you are|you’re }|{you’re|you are }} sealing the grout. If {{it is|it’s }|{it’s|it is }} a hot summer day, try to seal the grout in the morning or evening when {{it is|it’s }|{it’s|it is }} the coolest. 

You also {{do not|don’t }|{don’t|do not }} {{want|desire }|need} to seal grout in freezing cold temperatures. You {{should|if }|{need|have} to} {read|browse} the grout sealer manufactures {instructions|directions} for the {{proper|appropriate }|appropriate} {conditions|requirements} and temperatures recommended for {{using|utilizing }|{utilizing|using }} their grout sealer.

{{It is|It's }|{It's|It is }} important to only use a {{high|top }|{top|high }} quality professional grade sealer.

Low {grade|quality} sealers from local home improvement stores {{will not|won’t }|won’t} {provide|{offer|provide }} much protection {for|to} your grout and {they will|{they’ll|they will }} {allow|{enable|allow }} your grout to {{easily|readily }|{readily|easily }} become stained. {Also|{Additionally|Also }} these low grade sealers {{will not|won’t }|won’t} last long and {they will|{they’ll|they will }} break down {{easily|readily }|{readily|easily }} with normal everyday cleaning {{products|goods }|solutions}. Stonetech Bulletproof performed {as {one of|among }|{among|one of }} the best sealers for {{protecting|shielding }|{shielding|protecting }} grout in our grout sealer review. The {one|1} quart container of grout sealer will seal approximately 200 sq/ft of grout with 12 inch tiles and 1/8 inch grout lines.

Apply a liberal amount of sealer to the grout joints and {{ensure|guarantee }|{be|make} sure} {that |}the grout is {thoroughly|completely} saturated with sealer. {{Do not|Don’t }|{Don’t|Do not }} worry if some of the sealer gets on the surface of the tiles. The excess sealer on the tile’s surface will be wiped away {{later|after }|{afterwards|later }}. 

Work only in small sections at a time and keep the grout joints saturated with grout sealer for 5-10 minutes. {If|Should} you {see|{understand|know }} {that |}the sealer is {{getting|becoming }|{becoming|getting }} {absorbed|consumed} by the grout and {{starting|beginning }|beginning} to dry then apply more sealer to the grout to {{keep|maintain }|{maintain|keep }} it {thoroughly|completely} {{saturated|soaked }|soaked} {with|using} the grout sealer. {If|{When|If }} an area of sealer {{begins|starts }|{starts|begins }} to dry on the tile surface, then add more sealer to {{keep|maintain }|{maintain|keep }} {that|which} {area|{region|area }} saturated with the grout sealer.

You should first seal the vertical tile surfaces such as backsplashes and shower walls.

You should first seal the vertical tile surfaces such as backsplashes and shower walls.

{{Trying|Attempting }|{Seeking|Hunting }} to {{keep|maintain }|{maintain|keep }} these vertical grout joints {saturated|packed} with sealer for 5-10 minutes can be a challenge {{which|that} is|{that’s|that is }} not {always|necessarily} achievable. Try to get as much {sealer into|bleach to} the vertical grout joints as {possible|you can} without {allowing|{letting|allowing }} the sealer to dry on the surface of the tiles. 

{Continually applying sealer|{Gently|Gradually} applying sealants} {to|into} the vertical grout lines while {{continually|always }|always} wiping {up |} the excess sealer off the tile surfaces {is|would be} the {best|{ideal|perfect }} {method for|{way|method} of} sealing grout on vertical tile surfaces.

After sealing the vertical tile surfaces then you {can|{may|can }} {use|utilize} the roller wheel applicator to seal the grout {on|{onto|on }} the {{horizontal|flat }|{flat|horizontal }} tile surfaces.

{It is|It’s} {much|significantly} {{easier|simpler }|{simpler|easier }} to keep the grout saturated with sealer on the {{horizontal|flat }|flat} tile surfaces {{like|such as }|such as} tile countertops and tile {{floors|flooring }|flooring}. These {{horizontal|flat }|flat} surfaces {will|may} {also |}get dirty more quickly so {{it is|it’s }|{it’s|it is }} more {important|significant} to {{thoroughly|completely }|completely} seals these surfaces to protect the grout {from|out of} {{becoming|getting }|{getting|becoming }} {dirty and stained|stained and filthy}.

After the grout has been saturated with sealer for 5-10 minutes {then you|you then} {need|{want|need }} to {wipe|wash} off the excess sealer {from|in} the {{tile and grout|grout and tile }|grout and tile} surfaces.

{The {easiest|simplest }|The {simplest|easiest }} {way|method} to {wipe|wash} off the excess grout sealer is to {{just|only }|simply} use ordinary paper towels. Roll up about {10|ten} sheets of paper towels and use them to {wipe|wash} down the tile and grout surfaces. When your sheets of paper towels {{get|make }|become} {saturated|soaked} with sealer then {simply|only} throw them away and {get|{find|locate }} a {new|{fresh|new }} wad of paper towels and {continue|{keep|maintain }} cleaning up the excess grout sealer.

{Remove|Eliminate} all {of |}the sealer {{off of|from }|from} the {tile and grout|grout and tile} surfaces and {{ensure|guarantee }|make sure} {that|which} there are no puddles of sealer left in the grout lines.

Continue wiping the tile {{until|before }|before} all traces of {the|this} grout sealer are gone and {{there is|there’s }|{there’s|there is} absolutely} no grout sealer haze left on the tile surfaces. {{It is|It’s }|{It’s|It is }} important {{to not|not to }|{not to|to not }} leave any traces of sealer residue on the tile surfaces. {Look at|Examine} the tiles from {different|various} angles to {{ensure|guarantee }|{make sure|ensure }} {that |}there {is no|{isn’t|is not} any} sealer {residues or sealer|bleach or residue} haze left on the tile surfaces.

After {{you are|you’re }|{you’re|you are }} done sealing the {entire|{whole|entire }} area then do a final {{inspection|review }|{review|inspection }} to {check|test} for grout sealer haze or sealer residue left on the tile surfaces.

{If|Should} you {see|{find|locate }} a grout sealer haze on the tiles then you can apply some more sealer to the {{areas|regions }|{regions|areas }} of sealer haze. This will reactivate the grout sealer so {that |} the grout sealer haze can be removed. After the grout sealer haze {{has been|was }|was} reactivated {you {can|may }|{it is|it’s} {possible|likely} to} wipe up the grout sealer haze with paper towels.

You should {{let|allow }|{allow|let }} the sealer dry for {about|around} 3 hours before walking on the tile floor or using any of the tile surfaces.

Also {try|attempt} to {prevent|{reduce|decrease }} spilling any {liquids|fluids} or getting any dirt or contaminates on the grout lines {for|{to get|for }} a {full|whole} 24 hours after sealing them. You {should|{ought to|should }} see the grout lines to lighten up and {{go back|return }|return} {to|for} their {original|first} {color|{colour|color }} {as|since} the grout sealer dries in the grout lines.

The grout locking your {{floor|flooring }|flooring} tiles into {place|position} and {giving|providing} everything a {finished|completed} look {{isn’t|is not }|{is not|isn’t }} usually at the front of your mind; the tiles are what {{catch|capture }|{capture|catch }} people’s eyes normally.

That changes when grout stains, cracks, and crumbles, detracting from the {{room’s|area’s }|area’s} {{appearance|look }|{look|seem }} and {{letting|allowing }|{allowing|letting }} tiles fall loose. {{Ensure|Make sure }|Make certain} {that |}your {{floor|flooring }|flooring} remains stable, {{appealing|attractive }|attractive}, and easy to clean with regular grout sealing services from Sally Steamer in Philadelphia, PA.

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In this video you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to seal grout in a shower, from the best sealers to choose to the fastest ways to apply the grout sealer.

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Why should you seal your grout? Cement grout is porous and will absorb any liquid that gets on it which could include soap scum, oils, juices, or just dirty water. Then it will stain, grow mold, and even start to stink. Nobody likes smelly grout. By sealing the grout you fill the pores of the grout so that other stuff can’t get in and stain it. Basically, sealing your grout keeps it looking new for longer.

However, not all grout needs to be sealed. If you have epoxy grout, you should not seal it because it won’t accept a sealer anyway. How can you tell if you have epoxy grout? Easy, does it look and/or feel like plastic? If so, then it is epoxy grout.

Next, I talk about how which sealers are best to use and why. Basically, any high quality penetrating sealer with flourochemicals is best. That way there are different sized particles that can fill in the gaps on the grout.

Finally, I’ll share three ways to apply the grout sealer to the grout. I mention a method to apply sealer to floor tile grout, shower tile, and even natural stone tile. Just make sure to clean your grout well before sealing, otherwise you will seal in stains!

How much grout sealer do you need? Not much, I would recommend buying the smallest amount you can unless you are planning to seal a large amount of floor tile. You can usually seal an entire shower at least 3 times with just one pint of sealer.

And finally, I give you some tips for sealing your grout like how to remove grout sealer that has dried.

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