Grout sealing is possibly the easiest of the grout cleaning process. But in order to have the best outcome, you must first build a good foundation with good work in previous steps to ensure that your work will have the desired look you want.
Begin With A Clean Floor
Ignore this step at your own peril… but seriously clean your floors before you start. This article will give you everything you need, just to ensure that you have a floor that is up to par before you begin to apply the grout sealer. The reason for beginning with a clean floor is obvious. Grout sealer can be a double edged sword, if used properly it will leave a nearly spotless floor for months to come. When used improperly the dirt that is already on the floor will remain on the floor… this time with a protective layer around it.
Use An Easy Applicator
Ever stayed on hands and knees for a few hours working on a floor? I have, result: Pain. There is absolutely no reason for having your face inches away from your floor while you are trying to put the final touches on it. You really do not need to save money on the floor cleaning only to spend it on a chiropractor. Secondly, grout sealer should be treated in the same manner as bleach. Grout sealer It’s not going to kill you if it gets on you, but take precautions to make sure it doesn’t. I would highly suggest purchasing a kit that includes an applicator that does not look like a tooth brush or squirt bottle. Distance away from the floor is your friend during this process.
Only Use A Water Based Grout Sealer
I have seen several people mistakenly add floor wax to a tile and grout floor. Despite the fact that you could play basketball on the surface now, it does not leave the floor any better off. What happens with wax is that slowly over time it will turn tile floors into a caked, dirt colored mess no matter how much you use your Swiffer (don’t even get me started on this product… use a mop and neutral cleaner instead… your floors will thank you) The next type of product that I need to rail against is any non-water based sealer. Why you ask? To begin with these products will include materials such as: Acrylic, Phenolic, Urethane, Epoxy, Rubber, Mineral Spirits, Xylol, Xylene. These products can be somewhat harsh, especially when you are administering them to the floor, and have caused some people serious health related issues. Let’s put it in perspective, floors are great and all… but not worth your health. Aside from the health effects these seals are considered permanent seals, meaning it goes down and does not come up. Yea, so what I want my seal to last forever… No you don’t. Think of grout sealing as dating rather than marriage, don’t make a long term commitment… am I right fellas? Grout Seals were designed to be laid down and removed over time. (Kind of like a yearlong fling) Your grout sealer, like all good things, will eventually become dirty over time and have to be removed after a year to three years, depending on foot traffic. But make sure you get a high quality grout sealer that is water based and don’t waste your time with the other stuff.