You'll need to use a tile sealer for sealing unglazed ceramic tile, natural stone tile, and for sealing your tile grout.
Many tiles need the protection of a tile sealant. These include Unglazed Ceramic Tiles and Natural Stone tile.
Just about every grout is extremely porous, So if you don't apply a tile sealant to them, your tile grout will become brittle and stained.
You'll need to seal your grout a few weeks after grouting your new floor or wall tile installation, and again, at least, every few years.
Staining occurs in kitchens where your floor tile and grout is exposed to the dropping of food and spilling of liquids but also when repeatedly exposed to moisture.
It could come from the water involved with a tub or sink. Moisture can even attack your Stone or Unglazed Ceramic Tiles from an exterior door. And it will eventually cause staining to your Natural Stone or Unglazed Ceramic Tile. So you'll need to reseal your tiles from time to time to keep them protected.
If you're working on a new tile installation and you're not sure you have the type of tiles that need to be sealed; there's an easy way to find out.
Just drip a little water onto the tile. If the water creates a dark spot, the tile is porous and will need a tile sealant applied.
If the water beads up, you'll just need to seal the grout alone. In any case, sealing your tile grout is always needed.
* Unglazed ceramic tile as well as Stone tiles usually always require tile sealant. Even pre-sealed tiles may need to be stripped and resealed periodically.
* When your sealed tiles start to look dull and drab it's probably time to strip the old tile sealant from the surface of your tiles and grout, and give them a new protective surface of tile sealer.
*If you don't remove the old tile sealant from tiles , you run the risk of the new tile sealant not bonding correctly. And the built up tile sealant may yellow your tile grout.
* You can test your tile sealer by placing a piece of masking tape over a tile. Rip the tape off. If you see tile sealant on the tape, you'll need to strip off the old tile sealer.
* You can go to a tile seller and explain the type of tiles you have and then purchase the recommended tile stripper and tile cleaner that's recommended for stripping and cleaning your tiles.
* Unless you are using an epoxy grout which can only be used with very few types of tile, you will always need to seal
Removing The Old Tile Sealant
Mop the stripper onto your floor. Then remove it with rags, sponges or perhaps a wet dry vacuum. Be sure to follow what the packaging recommends. Rinse your tile surface thoroughly with clean water and then wipe dry. Be sure to follow the manufacturers directions for drying time, before re-sealing your tiles.
* The tell tale signs for knowing your old tile sealant is
totally removed is your tiles will appear brighter in color and
have more of a matte finish to their surface.
After your done removing the tile sealer and waited out the recommended drying time, follow the directions below for sealing tiles and grout together..
Be sure to wait at least three weeks after grouting your new counter top, wall or floor tile installation before you apply any sealant. You want to allow your tile grout to cure fully.
It doesn't matter if you stripped off an old tile sealant or not. Before applying tile sealant, you'll still need your counter top, wall or floor tile installation surface to be perfectly clean.
* If you're grouting a new tile installation use a damp sponge, a piece of cheesecloth or a gentle pot scrubbing pad to remove any excess grout.
* Vacuum the surface. Aim for picking up any and all dust and debris.
* Clean tour tiles with a cleaning solution that works specifically for your type of tiles.
You can be just sealing tile grout, or You can be sealing both the tiles and the tile grout. They each require different methods.
If you're applying tile sealant to both your tiles and the tile grout, You can simply mop or sponge it onto the surface. A clean sponge mop works very well for floors and a tiling sponge for other surfaces.
Protect your hands by wearing a pair of rubber gloves while working with the tile sealant.
Apply a generous amount of tile sealant and mop it over the surface.
Remove any tile sealer by repeatedly wringing out your mop or sponge.
If the tile sealant quickly absorbed into the tile or tile grout, allow it to dry and then apply another coat.
When you're applying tile sealant to just the tile grout, it's a bit more complicated than using it to cover both the tiles and tile grout. Porcelain floor tile, Glazed ceramic tile, and some other tiles don't need tile sealer
So now you need a way to seal the tile grout and not get the tile sealant on the tiles, which are attached!
Well, you can apply the tile sealant with a tiny paintbrush, or you can purchase a grout sealing bottle, which has a wheeled applicator at the end of it.
No matter which you choose just be sure to keep some white terry cloth towels handy, So you'll be ready to wipe off the tile sealant that gets on the tiles!
Congratulations, on finishing up your tiling project,
Now Relax and Enjoy.