Tile Tech Solutions aims to provide the best long-term solution for all aspects of tile and natural stone care. Tile and grout sealing is one service that we excel in providing to our customers, and a crucial step in ensuring the long-term durability and protection of your tiles.
Many people don’t realise that when your new tile or natural stone floor is installed, the surface is usually left unsealed in order to allow the grout time to cure. This can leave your new tiles susceptible to stains, damage and other issues like efflorescence.
This month, we share 4 must-know facts about tile and grout sealing:
Why do tiles and grout need to be sealed?
Sealing your tiles and grout helps protect them from dirt, stains and other damage. Acting as a defensive barrier, the sealer prevents dirt and other substances from penetrating the surface of the tile. Also, because grout is primarily cement-based it has a higher porosity rate, meaning that the grout will quickly absorb any spilled liquids and chemicals. If left unsealed, tiles and natural stone can be much harder to keep clean, and in some cases permanent damage can be caused to both tiles and grout.
Although the initial cost of sealing your tiles might seem high, it can save you thousands of dollars in repairs later on. Once sealed, your tiles and grout can be easily cleaned by sweeping, vacuuming or mopping as part of your regular cleaning routine. Ensuring that your tiles and grout are protected and looking their best can also help add value to your home.
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What is the sealing process?
At Tile Tech Solutions, our experienced technicians follow a specific sealing method. Preparing the surface for sealing is a crucial step, involving our systematic tile and grout cleaning service, which uses effective cleaning solutions to extract any chemical residue. We then apply 2 coats of our high-quality sealer, which is designed to penetrate deeper into the surface of the tile and grout, extending the life of your tiles and providing a higher level of protection. Our sealers can offer up to 15 years of protection, minimising the risk of permanent damage and staining, as well as preventing the growth of mould in your tiles and grout both internally and externally.
Learn more about the benefits of a professional deep clean for your tiles and grout in our post on 5 Benefits of Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning.
What type of sealer is used for tiles and grout?
Topical sealers are used to protect your tiles from water and other oil based liquids. Applied directly to the surface of the tiles, up to 4 coats can be applied to achieve a high-gloss finish. Topical sealers offer slip resistance and a protective barrier coating, and are also very cost effective. However, the maximum lifespan of this type of sealer is only between 2-3 years.
Penetrating or impregnating sealers are the most commonly used sealer for tiles and grout. Offering a high level of protection from liquids and stains, penetrating sealers eliminate mould, moss and efflorescence and has no effect on the appearance or slip resistance of the original surface. This type of sealer extends the lifespan of your tiles, and can last up to 15 years before having to be replaced.
Finally, solvent sealers are another type of impregnating sealer, which has a stronger penetrating power. Solvent sealers are suitable for high traffic areas of the home, along with areas that are exposed to heavy duty staining and pool surrounds. This type of sealer is harder to apply and strip, and can cost more than other water-based sealers, but offers up to 15 years of protection and works well for natural stone with a low porosity rate.
Is tile and grout sealing a DIY job?
Tile and grout sealing is not a do-it-yourself job for several reasons. Firstly, the correct cleaning products and sealers need to be applied in order to ensure a successful result. These application methods require particular tools, and vary according to the type of tile and grout being sealed. Secondly, some sealers react negatively with particular types of tiles and natural stone, which could result in damage to your floor or wall which needs to be professionally stripped and replaced. Finally, sealing is a task which requires attention to detail and specific product knowledge, which can have a huge impact on the end result and longevity of your tiles. Our technicians are trained by sealer manufacturers to correctly apply their products, and are re-trained every time a new sealing product is released onto the market.