Every surface in your home is an investment, and your tile flooring, counters, and walls are no different. You want to keep them looking great and clean for as long as possible. Did you know that there is one thing that you can do that will keep all of your title and grout clean and neat for a long period of time? The secret is regularly sealing your tile and grout lines.
What is a Sealant?
In order to understand why sealing is so important, it’s first important to understand what a sealant is. Grout is made of sand and fills up holes, such as those in between tiles, effectively and cheaply. It does the job; however, due to its nature, it is quite porous and therefore a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungus and dirt. Depending on your type of tile, it can also be quite porous. A sealant is a protective coating that you apply over these porous surfaces to seal out unwanted contaminants.
What are the Benefits of Sealing Tile?
As we’ve mentioned, sealing tile will prevent mold and mildew from growing in your grout and porous tile. It will also help prevent your tile from getting discolored and keep it looking clean and pristine. Overall, sealing your tile is the best way to keep it looking great and lasting a long time.
What Needs to be Sealed?
Now that you know what a sealant is, you might be wondering where you need to apply it. Sealant is important for all tile surfaces, however, it is most important in rooms that are prone to moisture, such as your bathroom and kitchen. This is because moisture encourages mold and mildew growth. If you want to protect your flooring and counters from this, you need to have them sealed. High moisture, high usage rooms such as your bathroom should be sealed at least once a year. If you have lower traffic rooms that aren’t as moist, you can get away with only resealing every 4-5 years.
How do You Seal Tile?
The most important thing to remember before you seal tile is that you should only seal clean tile. If you don’t deep clean your tile and grout before sealing, you will seal in stains and make them practically impossible to remove. It’s also important to reseal your tile every time you deep clean it because some cleaners can strip the sealant. Thus, it’s a good rule of thumb to deep clean and scrub your tile and grout once a year and then have it sealed.
As for actual sealing, it is usually best to hire a professional unless you know what you’re doing. This way you know that the job will be done right. Here at Acme Chem-Dry, we have experts who are trained in cleaning and sealing tile and top quality equipment and sealants. We’d be happy to seal your tile if you’re in the Fresno area!