How to Recognize the Best Grout Sealer May 12 2016, 0 Comments

Nothing ruins the beauty of natural stone tile faster than dirty grout, and while keeping it clean may seem like a full time job, all it really takes is a bit of elbow grease, and the right materials, including the best grout sealer on the market today.

How Did My Grout Get So Dirty?
Whether your grout is sanded, or unsanded, left unsealed it's a magnet for dirt, oil and stains. In the shower, stains can be caused by water, soaps, shampoos and body oils, and if you don't use a product that can repel these, your grout can discolor very quickly. On floors, everyday dirt and spills, particularly in high traffic areas, can leave your grout looking dirty and dingy, and in the kitchen, food, cooking oil, wine and other items may be absorbed by untreated grout and become a permanent fixture on your tile counters or backsplash.

Finding the Best Grout Sealer
Now that you know you need one, it's important that you know what to look for; choose a grout sealer that:

  • Repels water and is resistant to staining
  • Is safe to use indoors and out
  • Penetrates grout
  • Seals grout
  • Won't change the look of your grout
  • Makes cleaning easier
  • Is water based for better absorption

9 Steps to Applying the Best Grout Sealer

  1. Plan to work in manageable sections, depending on the amount of grout that you have to seal. Choose an afternoon or weekend when you have no other commitments and there will be little traffic through your home.
  2. Prepare the area to be sealed, by thoroughly cleaning with a neutral floor cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, or intensive cleaner for heavily soiled areas, making sure to remove any stains, and allowing the area to dry completely.
  3. Test a small, inconspicuous area to get a feel for the product and preview results.
  4. Protect any adjacent areas not to be treated.
  5. Using a low-pressure sprayer, apply the best grout sealer onto the grout joints until wet, or use a paint pad, roller or brush.
  6. Allow the product 2 or 3 minutes to absorb in to the grout, and then wipe the surface with a clean terry towel to remove any excess.
  7. Repeat the application process using your tool of choice, and wipe again with a clean terry towel or mop, until the area is completely dry.
  8. Allow 3 to 5 hours before allowing foot traffic.
  9. For best results, keep the treated area free of liquids, dirt or staining for 48 hours; the product will cure completely within 72 hours.

Re-apply the grout sealer as needed; the time between application can vary greatly, depending on the level of traffic and the types and quantity of dirt and stains that come in contact with the material.

The Benefits of Sealing Your Grout

  • Less time spent cleaning. By repelling the substances that can stain your grout, the sealer keeps them on the surface where they can be easily wiped away.
  • Longer lifespan. Grout doesn't last forever, but you can extend it's lifespan by keeping out water and other materials that can cause it to deteriorate at a fast rate.
  • Cost savings. Once moisture gets in to your grout, it can break down, and make it's way behind your tile, and cause lifting, cracking or mold and mildew, leading to expensive repairs.

If you have further questions about the grout sealing process, or about the care and maintenance of any of the other natural or man-made surfaces in your home, feel free to call 561-994-4668 to speak to myself or someone on our team. You can also email me directly at kevin@marblekareproducts.com.

Lastly, I'd encourage you to download our free Stone Cleaning Checklist below. It's chock full of helpful tips on keeping the surfaces in your home looking their best.