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Sealing of grout and porous tiles (such as terracotta, marble, polished porcelain, granite, travertine, limestone and sandstone etc.) is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination.
Even old tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease on life!
Sealing your porous tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant with a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.
At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid porous tiles be sealed immediately so the area gains the full benefit of the protection. Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment –
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Tile & Grout Sealing is effective for:
Existing Installations – Re-Seal Existing Porous Floor Tiles and Grout.
New Installations – Seal New Porous Floor Tiles and Grout.
No guarantees are applicable to tile / grout sealing. Sealers come with a life expectancy of up to 15 years depending on the quality of the tile, traffic levels, maintenance procedures and so forth. It is important to realise that a sealer is not an impenetrable barrier – it provides reaction time to deal with spills. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can have a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.
A penetrating sealer sits just below the surface of the tile and prevents spills from penetrating and hence staining the tile. It will not prevent acid based spills (eg red wine, vinegar, urine, fruit juice etc) from etching / burning the surface of the tile, creating a dull or frosty appearance. Spills of this nature should be cleaned immediately to prevent permanent damage to the tile surface.
What products do you use?
We use premium sealers from leading industry suppliers including Spirit and Aquamix products as appropriate.
How do I maintain my floors after they have been sealed?
The technician who carries out your sealing will be able to offer maintenance advice specific to your tiled area. As a general rule, we recommend the use of a mild cleaner (such as Spirit “Neutral Cleaner”), at least weekly, to maintain you tiled floors. Tiles with a textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean. Avoid the use of harsh chemicals which will decrease the life expectancy of the sealers. Also, when mopping, make sure to change you water frequently, otherwise all you achieve is to spread dirty water around your floors!
Does sealing my tiles (grout) make them maintenance free?
No, tiled floors and grout require regular maintenance and anyone that tells you otherwise is either lying or misinformed! If you have your carpet Scothcguarded™ you would not assume that you have to vacuum less frequently, likewise if you have your tiles or grout sealed do not assume that you have to clean & maintain them less frequently! Textured tiles, while providing non-slip features, attract dirt and grime build up by their very nature. Often a simple mop will not be sufficient for maintaining tiles of this type and periodic professional cleaning may well be recommended.
Grout is often the lowest point on the floor which results in dirt, grime and other contaminants collecting there – particularly in high traffic areas / walk ways. Regular and thorough cleaning with the correct products and equipment will be required to keep grout looking good.
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