Tile sealant is usually applied after the grout has cured.
But some tiles are so porous that it's crucial that you implement a
coat of protective tile sealer before you can even grout them. Because if
you don't even the grout will stain them. These delicate tiles include slate tile, limestone tile, unglazed ceramic tile, and quarry tile.
It's important to know that even though you seal these tiles before grouting them does not mean they won't need another coat of tile sealer after you've grouted them. Because they will.
These Delicate tiles need this extra coat of protection and so will the porous grout you've just installed.
Think of it this way; you always need to seal the tile grout because tile grout is very porous also. It always requires a coat of tile sealer! And it's a lot more complicating to seal the grout alone, than it is to seal the tiles and grout together.
So consider it a good thing that in this case you will be sealing the grout and tiles together. And to prolong the life and keep your Countertop, wall tile installation or floor tile installation looking good you will need to apply a new coat of tile sealant from time to time.
* The toughest Tile sealer is a topical sealer. What this sealant does is form a protective film over the tile and tile grout, which in turn creates a glossy sheen which tends to darken the finish of the tile.
* Impregnators are another type of tile sealer. They soak into the tile and tile grout and fill in their pores. This type of tile sealer is slightly less effective than the topical, but the appearance of the tile and tile grout will not be affected as much.
* There are also sealers that contain adhesives That help protect fragile tiles like Slate from crumbling.
A knowledgeable retailer can be of great help in telling you the best sealing product to use for your type of tiles.
* Before Applying any tile sealer allow your Tile Adhesive and grout to set overnight.
Before you apply any tile sealer make sure the surface of your countertop tile, wall tile installation or floor tile installation is fully clean.
* First, use a damp sponge or a gentle pot scrubbing pad to remove any excess Tile Adhesive.
* Vacuum up any dust or debris from the tile surface.
* And last of all clean the tile surface with a cleaning product that works correctly for your type of tiles. Then allow to dry.
Pour some of your tile sealer into a flat container, And a new clean Tiler's sponge or foam paint brush to apply it to the surface. You can also pour your tile sealant into a new clean spray bottle and spray the tile sealant onto your wall tile installation or kitchen counter tile.
For your floor tile installation use a clean new sponge mop and mop it onto the floor. Be sure To cover the entire surface and pay close attention to how your tiles absorb the sealant. Some areas may be more porous than others. And this means after allowing the first coat to dry, you'll need to apply an extra coat of sealer.
Using a clean white lint-free cloth wipe up any excess sealer and follow your label directions for drying time.
Once you have allowed for drying time and your sealer is completely dry you're now ready for grouting your wall tile installation, floor tile installation or your kitchen counter tile. And after your grout has cured remember to apply another coat of tile sealer to the grout alone, or if needed both the tiles and grout together.