Grout Cleaning & Sealing
Why Grout Sealing?
Question – Do I Really Need to Seal My Tile and Grout?
Answer – It’s important to realize that there are two parts of a tile floor…the tile and the grout. It is very important for the grout to be sealed because it is naturally porous and will stain easily. Most installers of tile floors do not seal them, because grout has to set and cure first. It’s something that you should do to keep your grout looking and performing at its best. As a bonus, sealed grout is much easier to keep clean.
Sealing is done to strengthen tile or grout’s defenses against dirt, spills, and erosion of grout, but not all tile needs to be sealed.
If your tile is ceramic or porcelain, it probably won’t need to be sealed because ceramic and porcelain tiles are non-porous. There are some exceptions to this, so check with your manufacturer to be sure. If your tile is stone (slate, marble, granite, travertine, etc.) then it will need to be sealed. Stone is naturally porous and will absorb spills and stain fairly easily if not sealed properly.
You can sometimes tell if your tile or grout has been sealed by spreading a few drops of water on them. If the tile and/or grout darken or change color, then they are probably not sealed. If they stay the same color, they may have already been sealed.
Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions on a schedule for sealing grout and tile.
Features + Benefits:
- Heavy duty stain protection
- Make for easier grout cleaning
- Sustains it’s natural look longer
Grout seal expected wear: 3-5 years on interior surfaces & 1-3 years on exterior surfaces
Sealing of grout and porous tiles (such as travertine, terracotta, granite, marble, polished porcelain, limestone & sandstone etc) is necessary to protect them from contamination and premature decay. Even older tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new look.
Sealing your porous tiles and grout provides you with a reaction time to deal with spills. An unsealed floor can become stained instantaneously, whereas a floor that is sealed is stain resistant with a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.
Grout Color Staining – Cleaning Included!
Grout color sealing is by far the most exciting thing you can do to put the ultimate protective barrier on your grout and also will give you the “WOW” effect by totally changing the overall look of your floor. We use a Urethane acrylic stain seal that puts a 15 year bullet proof color seal on your grout. Not only does grout color sealing give you the ultimate in protection but it also colorizes your grout to any color you chose. Grout color sealing gives you a brand new looking floor that will be easy to maintain for years to come. Grout color sealing also includes cleaning your tile and grout prior to the color seal application service.
Grout Color Sealing Examples:
Travertine Grout Cleaning and Sealing
We repair cracks, pits / holes, and even etched travertine tiles that may be present in your home. Travertine natural stone tiles are sensitive to certain cleaners, and can become etched or damaged when not properly maintained. Travertine is very porous and sealing is always recommended to help prevent soiling and staining.
Travertine natural stone tiles can also be sealed and polished to enhance reflection and beauty. Our process is done mechanically with diamond resin and polishing equipment. This is done wet and will not produce any dust or make a mess. After we complete the job we will provide you with instructions for the care of travertine natural stone.
Saltillo Grout Cleaning and Sealing
We clean, repair, refinish, and seal all types of Saltillo tiles, both indoors and outdoors. Saltillo tiles are usually found uneven and soft, which requires multiple coats of a high quality topical finish to help protect them from becoming soiled and/or stained. Before the sealing process, Saltillo must be properly cleaned and prepared.
Exterior Saltillo tile cannot have a normal topical seal due to the heat, uv rays, and moisture that is found in the Arizona desert. The seal can discolor, delaminate, and hold in moisture causing maintenance issues, eventually leading to have to remove the finish from the Saltillo. No matter where your Saltillo tile is found, we will provide you with specific instructions for the care and maintenance of your Saltillo tile floor.