We can almost guarantee some area of your home has tile in it, whether that’s the bathroom or kitchen floor, the backsplash, the entryway to your home, or some other area. Tile is a popular choice because it’s easy to clean, durable, versatile, and highly customizable. Many homeowners think that as long as they wipe down their tile surfaces and sweep and mop their tile floors, that’s all the maintenance that is required. However, that’s not the case. If you want your tile and especially the grout in between your tile to look good, you need to do one thing: seal it.
What is a Tile and Grout Sealant?
A sealant is a protective layer that is applied over a surface. The sealant blocks out any moisture from entering the surface. It can help prevent mold growth as well as stains. A tile and grout sealant is applied over the entire surface of tile and grout by a tile professional in order to protect the tile.
Why do I Need a Sealant?
In addition to providing a protective barrier over your tile to keep it looking nice, sealant also serves to keep your home healthier. This is because grout is made of sand. It fills up holes effectively and cheaply, but it’s also very porous. Porous surfaces, especially those exposed to a lot of moisture (such as the tile in your shower and the rest of your bathroom), are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If your grout is black or brown, I hate to say that’s probably mold growth. Mold can be harmful to health, especially in children and the elderly. In order to protect your family’s health (not to mention the appearance of your grout), you need to seal the grout so moisture can’t get in and mold cant grow.
My Grout is Already Sealed. Is that Good Enough?
Most tile and grout is sealed when it’s installed. However, sealant wears off over time. One way to check your sealant is to put some water on your tile. Doe the water soak into the tile or does it bead up on the surface. If it soaks in, you are in need of new sealant. In general, most tile floors need to be sealed once a year, while tile backsplashes and countertops can go up to two years in between sealings.
Okay, So How Do I Seal My Tile?
There are DIY sealers on the market. However, you want to make sure that the sealant is appropriate or your specific tile and grout, and that it is applied correctly. Tile and grout need to be deep-cleaned before a sealant is applied, or else it will just trap in the dirt, mold, and bacteria already present and not do any good. A professional tile cleaner can deep clean your tile and then apply sealant, so you can rest assured that it has been done correctly.
A tile sealant will preserve your tile and grout for longer, while making your home a cleaner and healthier place. If you aren’t regularly getting your tile and grout sealed, you’re doing your home and family a disservice, Great Americna Chem-Dry is happy to help! We take great pride in helping families in and around San Diego have happier, healthier homes.