If you want to keep your tile installation looking as good as the day it was installed, sealing your grout and tile is the key. There can be some confusion revolving sealing grout and tile, which is why we want to help make sense of it. Here are a few facts you should know when it comes to sealing your grout and tile.
It would be nice if grout lasted infinitely. Unfortunately, that is just not the case. Over the years, grout comes under a lot of wear and tear. Being exposed to different elements for prolonged periods of time is bound to cause your grout to become compromised, crumble, and fall away. One way for your grout to look good and last longer is to seal it properly.
The facts are that there are different sealers that best suit different applications. To guarantee that your tile and grout are receiving the best in terms of protection, it is important to choose the right sealant. The good news is that there are only two main types of sealer: penetrating and membrane forming.
Penetrating sealers are ideal for areas that are exposed to a lot of water and moisture, such as the bathroom and laundry room. This is because penetrating sealers work by working into the cracks in your grout and filling the pores and pits. This keeps water from being absorbed into your grout while still allowing it to breathe.
Membrane forming sealers are more suited to drier areas of the home. This is because this sealant works by creating one solid layer of protection over the surface of your grout or tile. It prevents moisture from getting to your grout or tile, but it will also prevent any moisture that is trapped beneath the surface from drying. This can lead to mold and mildew. Which is why this sealant is best for places like backsplashes and kitchen floors.
Unglazed tile, like grout, is porous. This means that your tile is just as susceptible to the damaging elements that your grout is. Without being properly sealed and protected, your natural stone tiles can scratch and stain more readily. Sealing tiles will ensure that stain causing dirt and liquid never makes it into the pores of your tile and it will make them more resistant to scratches.
Any avid DIYer can seal their own grout and tile periodically, but if you want professional services that will guarantee long lasting results, give The Grout Medic a call. Whatever your tile and grout needs are, we can care for them.