The Basic Maintenance Series
Grout, being porous, can quickly collect liquids, bacteria, and debris if not properly sealed and cleaned. Re-sealing grout can extend the life and appearance as grout can stain very easily. To check if you need to reseal your grout, drop a few small drops on to your grout — if it puddles, you’re good (and you can skip this action for now). If it, the grout absorbs it, it’s time to reseal.
How often? Every Six Months
When? Winter, Summer
Estimated Cost? $25.00
Time Commitment? 6 Hours
In the bathroom and areas where the tile gets wet use penetrating grout sealers. Use a water base that penetrates the grout.
In the kitchen and other surfaces that don’t have standing water often, use a membrane forming grout sealer.
To apply grout sealer, first, tape any cabinets or baseboards to avoid staining them. Use a foam paint brush or small paint roller and apply the sealer. Avoid getting the sealer on the tiles. If you do use a rag and wipe it off quickly as once the sealer dries you’ll be left with a foggy film that’s almost impossible to remove.
After the first coat, wait about 10-15 minutes, allowing the sealer to soak in (some products may need longer). Apply a second coat and then let it dry. For bathrooms and showers wait 24-48 hours to use it, the rest of the house the sealer should be good after about 3-4 hours.
To extend the life of the seal, avoid or minimize the use of harsh cleaners throughout the year.
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