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How To: Seal Grout
Make it easier to keep your bathroom sparkling by following these basic actions to seal your grout.
Even when you keep your bathroom tiles clean, dirty grout lines can really detract from the appearance of your tiled walls and floors. Because grout, not or whether sanded, is porous by nature, cause discoloration that is unsightly and compounds like water, grease, and oil have a tendency to seep inside. The best way to prevent this is to seal your grout that is new and repeat as needed — every year or so for flooring and wall tiles that don’t get much moisture, and more frequently for grout in the shower or on the bathroom backsplash. Adhere to the following directions and you will discover create a dependable barrier against a dingy appearance and unsightly stains and how to seal grout. You may never need to scrub those lines !
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- Dish soap
- Grout sealer
- Sponge or small brush (optional)
STEP 1: Clean and repair grout.
STEP 2: Choose your sealer.
Next, select your sealer depending on the type of tile you have and its location. No one sealer is most appropriate for all situations. As you’ll see when you get to your home improvement store, the wide variety of goods available allows for a certain degree of customization. Labels specify how much moisture that the sealer can tolerate, in addition to which sealers work best with stone, marble, and ceramic tiles, be it moisture from the low or shower moisture along a kitchen backsplash.
Depending on your tile and its location, you can narrow down the choices to two chief classes: penetrating sealers and membrane-forming sealers.
Penetrating sealers use a water or mineral spirit base that allows the formula’s tiny particles of silicone or latex penetrate the granular structure of the grout. As the grout absorbs the sealer, the particles of silicone and latex fill keeping moisture out. These sealers are the best choice for use such as showers bathrooms and, in particular.
Membrane-forming sealers make a coating on the surface of the grout which resists water permeation. (These sealers work well in the kitchen but shouldn’t be utilised in the toilet; membrane-forming sealers won’t let water that’s trapped beneath the tile to evaporate, which, in a swampy shower, could lead to mould.) These sealers also feature pigments, so you can alter the color. They won’t adhere to tiles, such as most ceramics, while membrane-forming sealers are good for unglazed tile like rock.
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STEP 3: Choose your sealer applicator.
Pick the applicator tool that’s right for you. There are a few instances in which they may not be the best choice for your project, although aerosol sealers are commonly used for reasons of convenience:
When you have very thin grout lines and unsealed tiles, a sponge lets you seal larger parts of your toilet (walls or floors) easily by wiping over both surfaces simultaneously.
For glazed tiles in which sealer won’t adhere, you will need to seal just the grout lines with an applicator brush or specialty applicator bottle with a rolling wheel on top.
Whichever tool you select, read the manufacturer’s directions on how to seal grout before beginning.
STEP 4: Apply sealer slowly and deliberately.
STEP 5: Apply a second coat of sealer.
As soon as you’re done with the first coat, let it dry for an hour before applying a second. (Generally speaking, it takes a few coats of sealer to achieve adequate protection.)
After the second coat dries, test the surface with a few drops of water. The liquid should bead up into droplets; if not, use a coat to ensure quality results.
Finally, let your tiled area dry completely. Some sealers need only 24 hours to heal, while others can take up to 48 hourscheck the manufacturer’s directions on how to seal grout to be sure. While it may be inconvenient to keep a room off-limits for two or a day, remind yourself it’s going to be the next time you clean your grout. A sealer means less time scrubbing, so this is one chore that will make your bathroom that is routine cleaning a breeze.
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