Is sealing your Grout after cleaning a good idea? Yes
Sealing is a question that comes up often as most people just purchase a home with a house full of tile and grout. Sealing is a critical step prior to moving in. A typical family of 4-5 will make a home’s tile and grout dirty in less than 12 months. Typical tile and grout that is man-made which is either porcelain and ceramic make those surfaces susceptible to staining. It’s the grout that needs the attention, as grout acts like a magnet for dirt and debris to get trapped. This dirt and debris can slowly get to the point of permanent discoloration that has irreversible effects. In most cases, if you seal your grout prior to these incidents of dirt and debris you’ll limit the damaging effects to your grout. Most homeowners clean and seal there floors after they are filthy, that is, getting down on their hands and knees cleaning to the best of one’s ability, then sealing…The best way to ensure the floors are sealed properly is to hire a professional tile and grout cleaning service, then seal immediately following.
So it’s true that sealing your grout can help prevent future issues with your floors.
When you first take over a new home, consider professional service immediately. Many people wish to seal there floors, however, have no idea what type of sealer to use, or how much to apply. It is a simple job, but requires some knowledge to prevent what is called hazing, smearing, glossing, and more…Many people wish to have their floors natural, no change. Your tile and grout is manmade and cannot be changed, don’t try to apply something that could make your life any worse than it actually is. Applying any type of wax or seal coating to the actual tile itself is not recommended.
Tile Cleaning Tips
General household cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone or tile are never recommended. These products can breakdown the sealer, thereby removing its protective properties and making the stone and tile grout susceptible to stains. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can etch away the polish, discolor the surface, or even scratch your stone floors. Many store bought cleaners have what is called a chelating agent in them. This agent breaks down and dissolves minerals in hard water. Since all stone is made up of minerals, these types of cleaners will dissolve and cause streaks over prolonged use. For the best results it is recommended to use a neutral based cleaning solution on your tile and stone floors. Epic Carpet and Tile Care LLC can clean and seal your floors with top of the line products and equipment. Our knowledge and experience can solve your most difficult tile, grout and stone cleaning situations.