It is always recommended by professional grout contractors to thoroughly seal your grout after your new tile has been laid. But to keep it looking like new for years to come, it’s important to reseal your tile and grout every six month to a year. Of course this is not necessary, but it highly recommended if you want to prolong the lifespan of your tile and protect your grout from discoloration. It should go without saying but just in case, be sure to clean your tile and grout before resealing it after 6 months.
Without any further delay, let’s get straight into the step-by-step process if you want to seal your grout from home.
Things you are going to need
Step 1. Clear The Room
Everything on the floor and walls must be removed. If you are sealing your bathroom, please remove shower curtains, floor mats, and anything on the counters that could possibly be exposed to the sealant.
Step 2. Make sure the tile and grout your are about to seal is clean and dust free
This is very important. I’m sure you don’t want to seal the dust and mildew into your grout and tile. Be sure what you want sealed is thoroughly cleaned and dried. Read sealant instructions on proper dry times.
Step. 3 Get your sealant ready.
If you still need to buy your sealant, there some things you need to consider. There are tons of brands to choose from so make sure you read the labels and pick one that is recommended for your surface. Most of the labels will be clear as to what surface they protect. Pick a sealant that best fits your needs.
Step 4. Open any widows or ventilation
Turn on any fans, open any widows or doors, and turn on any ventilation (if applicable) before you start laying the sealant. Ventilation helps the drying process and you want to do it before you lay the sealant to avoid stepping or touching your tile when it’s suppose to be drying.
Step 5: Get out what you will be using to apply the sealant
Depending on the surface on your tile and lining of your grout, you might want to consider the different options of applications. Some people like the brush that it comes with just fine, other might prefer using a sponge for thinner grout lines, just depends on what you are looking to accomplish.
Step 6 Apply the sealant
If you decided to you the applicator your sealant came with then use the instructions on how to apply with the applicator. If you are using a sponge or something else, it’s best to start with small amounts of sealant and apply it straight to your applicator of choice. Work in small section to be sure you cover the entire surface area. Be sure to cover every inch, nook, and cranny to get a proper seal.
Step 7 Wipe off
5-10 minutes after applying your sealant, you need to wipe off with a dry cloth. That is another reason why it is best to work in smaller sections. Once you finish one or two sections, you can go back and dry them before moving to another section. Be sure to do a second passing with another dry rag to get any remaining sealant solution.
Step 8 Let it dry
Most treatments take about 48 hours to completely dry. Check your bottles wait time to be sure.
And that’s all folks. Treating your grout every six months is going to keep your tile and grout looking great for years to come. If you want to avoid this process all together, it’s best to hire a trained professional. Read our article about what to look for when choosing a professional
If you live in the Port St. Lucie, FL area, our staff and experienced flooring and tile technicians at Cleaning & Restoration Port St. Lucie will be happy to assist you. Give them a call to receive a free estimate.
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