Grout Sealing

Properly Sealing Grout Will Keep It From {Becoming|Getting} Dirty And Stained.

Grout is {an extremely|a very} porous material that {can|may} harbor dirt, mold, mildew and bacteria. 

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

You should only seal cement based grout. 

You should only seal cement based grout.

Epoxy, urethane and other {types|kinds} of synthetic grouts {do not|don’t} {need|have} to be sealed. Sealing these {types|kinds} of {synthetic|artificial} grouts can do more {harm|damage} than good for protecting them. 

dditionally you {should|ought} not seal your grout {if|when} {it has|it’s} been re-colored, dyed or sealed with an epoxy based grout colorant. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{It is|It’s} {important|essential} that the sealer {does not|doesn’t} dry on the tile surface {while|as} {you are|you’re} sealing the grout. If {it is|it’s} a hot summer day, try to seal the grout in the morning or evening when {it is|it’s} the coolest. You also {do not|don’t} {want|need} to seal grout in freezing cold temperatures. You {should|need to} read the grout sealer manufactures instructions for the {proper|appropriate} conditions and temperatures recommended for {using|utilizing} their grout sealer.

Apply a liberal amount of sealer to the grout joints and {ensure|be sure} that the grout is {thoroughly|completely} saturated with sealer.

Apply a liberal amount of sealer to the grout joints

{Do not|Don’t} 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|afterwards}. 

Work only in small sections at a time and keep the grout joints saturated with grout sealer for 5-10 minutes. If you {see|understand} that the sealer is {getting|becoming} absorbed by the grout and {starting|beginning} to dry then apply more sealer to the grout to {keep|maintain} it {thoroughly|completely} {saturated|soaked} with the grout sealer. 

{If|When} an area of sealer {begins|starts} to dry on the tile surface, then add more sealer to {keep|maintain} that {area|region} saturated with the grout sealer.

You should first seal the vertical tile surfaces {like|such as} backsplashes and shower walls. 

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

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

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

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

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

{The easiest|The simplest} way to {wipe|wash} off the excess grout sealer is to {just|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|become} {saturated|soaked} with sealer then {simply|only} throw them away and {get|find} a {new|fresh} wad of paper towels and {continue|keep} cleaning up the excess grout sealer.

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

Continue wiping the tile {until|before} all traces of {the|this} grout sealer are gone and {there is|there’s absolutely} no grout sealer haze left on the tile surfaces. {It is|It’s} important {to not|not to} leave any traces of sealer residue on the tile surfaces. 

{Look at|Examine} the tiles from different angles to {ensure|make sure} that there {is no|isn’t any} sealer {residue or sealer|bleach or residue} haze left on the tile surfaces.

check for grout sealer haze

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

If you {see|find} a grout sealer haze on the tiles then you can apply some more sealer to the {areas|regions} 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} reactivated {you can|it is possible to} wipe up the grout sealer haze with paper towels.

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

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

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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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