There are many tiles that require virtually no maintenance. Ceramic tiles, for instance, never need to be sealed because they are waterproof. They are made with a thin glaze that protects the tile from scratches and water damage. However, many people do not like the shiny look of ceramic tiles. If you prefer the more muted, Earthy look of natural stones, you should consider investing in granite tiles. This article will explain how to seal the grout and tile, so you granite tile floors can look great and last a long time.
Sealing the Grout Lines
First, you should note that you cannot seal granite tiles until after the are fully installed and the grout is also sealed. Sealing grout is very easy and quick. All you have to do is soak a sponge in the grout sealant and spread it onto the grout lines. Be generous and do not worry if the grout sealant also gets onto the tile. It will not damage or affect the sheen of the granite. After the grout sealant is spread all around, you want to wipe it up with a dry rag. Then, wait a full hour before you apply a second coat. If you are installing your granite tile in a bathroom (or similarly wet environment), you should probably apply 3 coats of grout sealant.
Sealing the Granite Tile
Let the grout sealant set for a full day before your apply the granite sealer. Granite sealer is expensive but essential in protecting your floor. For large floors, you should consider applying it with a sponge mop. For small areas like bathrooms or showers, it is best to just get on your knees with small sponges. Granite sealer needs to be diluted with water (see box for measurements) and poured into a bucket.
Try applying the sealer to a 10' by 10' area. Then, wipe down the area before it dries. If the sealer dries before you wipe it up, it could leave behind cloudy marks. Also, avoid slopping the sealant all over, as it could cause similar stains. These cloudy stains can be buffed out later with a dry rag, but you do not want to create extra work for yourself. Apply 2 or 3 coats, allowing the sealer to dry a full hour between each.
To sustain the life and strength of a granite floor, you will need to reseal it every 4-5 years. However, you will probably only need to add a single coat when you do.
For more information, contact Creations In Tile & Marble or a similar company.