Tiling your floor can be expensive. Naturally, you want it to look good as long as possible. Sealing your tiles can be a great way to protect them and keep them looking great.
Things To Consider Before Sealing Your Tiles
Before you decide to seal your tiles, you have to understand some important facts about your floor tiling. First, it is made up of two parts, the tile and the grout.
Because grout is usually very porous it stains easily, so sealing the grout is almost always a good idea. You’ll need to let the grout set (this can take up to 30 days) and give the grout a good clean before you seal it.
When choosing the type of sealant, you’ll need to consider what you want the final result to be. Sealant generally comes in two categories, surface sealant, which forms a shiny layer on top of the grout, and penetrating sealant soaks into the grout and has a less glazed finish.
Sealing is arguably the best way to keep the strength of the tile and grout. It is a good defense against dirt, stains, and spills and it also protects the grout from eroding. However, not all tiles have to be sealed.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles will generally not require sealing, but be sure to ask our showroom staff to make sure of this before you purchase.
Those that need to be sealed are tiles that are made of stone. These include slate, travertine, marble, and granite. Stone tiles are very porous and will absorb liquid and stains easily, so sealing them is usually recommended.
How to Tell if Your Grout and Tiles Have Been Sealed.
It is easy to tell if your grout and tiles have been sealed. Simply sprinkle a few drops of water on top of your tiles and grout. If the surface turns into a dark shade or if there is a change in colour, chances are they are not yet sealed. If the water sits on top of the tile, then it is most likely sealed.
Sealing your tiles and grout is a great way to avoid problems like the formation of mildew, mould, stains, and moisture. These are things that will eventually destroy your tiles.
Obviously, you do not want your investment to go to waste, so please consult our knowledgeable staff in one of our showrooms about what is best for your new tiles. They will tell you the best way to maintain your tiles and keep them looking good as long as possible.