Most grout and some tile is a porous material that can absorb stains, odors and soil. Once the tile and grout is cleaned, it should be properly sealed so it has a protective barrier to prevent future staining. Since the cleaning process opens the pores of the grout and tile and releases the dirt and soil, failing to seal it will leave it open to rapid re-soiling and potentially permanent staining.
A clear seal is recommended first since it is the most durable and least expensive option. A color seal is only recommended when the grout is permanently stained or if a client wants to change the color of the grout or if a topical coating is used. Please call our office to determine whether or not color sealing is an option for your floor.
If, after cleaning, the grout is heavily stained, a color stain can be used to create consistent looking grout lines. We ONLY recommend this option if the floor is stained since this process may need to be redone every 1 to 3 years.
The floor can be walked on about 60 to 90 minutes after it is cleaned and clear sealed. It will take about 24 hours for it to completely cure, so we suggest you don’t have any heavy traffic or liquid spills on the surface during that time frame. If the color seal option is chosen, a dry time of 2 to 4 hours is needed with a 48 hour cure time.
Avoid the use of any harsh household cleaners on the newly cleaned and sealed surface. We recommend a neutral cleaner be used on your tile and grout with a rinse afterward. A soft bristled brush can be used to agitate the cleaner. Please use only clean water to mop the floor and replace the mop water once the water becomes cloudy. Using dirty water will cause more rapid re-soiling. Drying the surface is ideal to remove the soiled water.