When grout is applied it is forced into the spaces between tiles with a rubber tool called a float. The leftover grout is wiped away with a wet sponge, leaving the joints filled just below the surface of the tile. When the grout dries it becomes rock hard. The tiles are then wiped clean with a soft cloth to remove any haze that might be left behind. You want the grout in your home to lock tiles tight, keep water out and give your floors a finished look. We don’t really think too much about the grout in our home and only do so when we notice it’s getting stained, cracking or breaking up and falling out. You really should make an effort to take good care of grout because it makes the tile surface in your home stronger and prevents chipping and cracking of the tiles.
Does Grout Need Sealing?
It’s a smart decision to seal your grout because it will protect it and the investment you made in your tile surface. Grout is usually a cement-based product. This makes it porous and it can absorb liquids if they don’t get cleaned up right away. On top of protecting it from stains it will protect it from mold and mildew growth. It will also strengthen the grout to slow down the wear-and-tear process. When water and grime penetrate over the years it causes the grout to crack and break, so sealing will help prevent these damages and extend the life of your tile surface. When grout gets dirty, moldy and porous it can get badly damaged. When this happens, it can be recolored and sealed. This is a less expensive option than replacing all the grout.
How Often to Reseal Grout?
You should check your grout at least once a year to see if it needs to be sealed, more frequently in high traffic areas. There is a simple test you can perform to determine if your existing grout needs to be sealed. Put a few drops of water on your grout. If the grout absorbs it within a minute, it needs to be resealed. If the water stays beaded, then you can wait to reseal. For walls, spray some water on the grout and see how quickly the water beads on it. Water damage can have significant repercussions on your home. Then you have to think about what else is being trapped in there. You never know how long the grout will last once it becomes porous. Having the right sealer applied to grout also makes it easier to clean. This means food stains will come up with ease. Usually high traffic areas need to be resealed at least once a year and 18 months for countertops and backsplashes.
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