Tile and stone is an important part of many homes. It’s often found in the kitchen, bathrooms, entryway, and more. Beautiful tile can make a home beautiful, but dirty tile only detracts from a home’s appearance. In order to keep your tile clean, it’s important to seal it correctly.

What is a Sealant?

Before we start discussing sealant, it’s important to understand grout. Grout is made of sand and fills up holes effectively and cheaply. However, this creates a porous surface, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungus, and dirt. Becuase that is the case, sealant is mandatory to keep grout clean and free from germs. Sealant creates a protective layer over the surface that stops moisture, bacteria, and anything else from reaching the grout It also stops staining from occurring. Depending on the type of tile or stone, they can have a porous surface and should be sealed as well as the grout.

How Do I Seal My Tile and Grout?

You can purchase tile sealant and do it yourself, however in order to the best results and the longest lasting sealant (and save yourself a lot of work!), it’s ideal to hire a tile expert to take care of your sealing for you. Short Stop Chem-Dry can clean and then seal your tile at the same time for you, giving you the best experience and making sure that no dirt or grime is sealed into your tile and grout.

How Often Do I Need to Seal My Tile?

There are two categories of tile in your home: hotspots and non-hotspots. Rooms that receive a lot of use, such as bathroom and kitchen, are considered hotspots. Rooms with a lot of moisture are also hotspots because moisture encourages mildew and mold growth. These hotspot rooms should have their tile and grout sealed once a year.

Rooms that are used less often or out out-of-the-way can go up to 4-5 years between sealings.  If you’re unsure when you should seal some tile, grout, or stone, consult a professional such as the tile cleaning experts at Short Stop Chem-Dry.

 

There you have it. Keeping up on your tile sealing will keep your tile cleaner and stain-free, and will also make your home healthier for you and your family!