If you have tile flooring, you’ve probably debated whether or not to seal the grout. While it is possible to leave your tile and grout unsealed, experts advise that there’s more than one advantage to taking the extra step.
1. It extends the life of your grout.
Grout is typically made of a concrete-based material, making it porous and susceptible to water damage. Over time, continual exposure to moisture, heat, and general wear and tear will cause your grout will begin to crack and separate. By sealing your grout, you are protecting it from absorbing materials that can degrade its structure. By keeping your grout sealed, you will prevent large areas of grout from chipping away, requiring a complete re-grout.
2. It keeps your grout looking clean longer.
The porous nature of grout makes it easy to stain. In bathroom and kitchen areas, where liquids from hair products to wine are easily spilled, your grout is at risk of soaking up these liquids and retaining their color. Often, staining of unsealed grout is unavoidable, even when spills are cleaned up immediately. Sealing your grout keeps fluids from seeping into the pores of your grout.
3. It protects your tile from further damage.
Grout acts as a protective barrier around and in between your tile. So, if your grout is damaged, your tile will soon be as well. Sealant on your grout and tile acts as a layer of defense against staining, chipping, and cracking. Keeping your grout and tile sealed will extend the life of your floor and reduce the need to clean, repair, or replace it.
Tips for Applying & Sealing Your Grout
1. Choose the best color.
There is a wide variety of colors to choose from when picking your grout. You’ll want to pick a color that compliments your tile. Keep in mind that lighter colors tend to show dirt more, while dark colors tend to draw attention to the grout itself. Regardless of the color you choose, make sure to mix the grout with as little water as possible to minimize color variance.
2. Choose the right size.
When choosing the size of your grout lines, the most important thing to consider is whether your tile has been rectified. Rectified tiles are consistent in size and don’t require a thick grout line. Tiles that haven’t been rectified have some variety in dimensions and need a thicker grout line to provide a more even look.
3. Choose penetrating grout sealant.
Penetrating grout sealant works deep within the grout to seal the pores. This kind of sealant does not alter the color of your grout, nor will it add sheen to the finish of the grout. Use a paintbrush to apply the sealer, and be sure to wipe away excess sealant with a damp sponge.
If your tile floor or grout needs cleaning, contact Springer Professional Services. For nearly thirty years, Springer has provided expert floor cleaning services. From tile to hardwood to carpet, Springer’s experienced team will provide the professional care needed to preserve your flooring for years to come. Give us a call today!