All You Need To Know About Sealing Floor Tile Grout
Due to incompetence and lack of adequate experience in the floor installation business, some flooring contractors are unclear on how or when to seal floor tile grout. Some even downplay the necessity of this crucial step. Before dealing with the how or when, it is necessary to look into why sealing floor tile grout is important.
Why it is important to seal floor tile grout Grout is used to fill spaces in between tiles and serve the function of holding the tile slabs in place. Often, the grout mixture will contain cement, water and fine sand. Such a mixture will absorb water after it has dried hence the need to apply an appropriate sealant to make it water resistant. Note that not all sealants you will find in the market will be good to seal floor tile grout. You must purchase the same from trusted vendors. If you are unsure where to get them, you can conduct a quick internet search by typing in ‘flooring contractors near me’ and sorting through the results.
When to seal floor tile grout Because most tiles will be installed indoors, the grout will take anywhere between two and four days to dry completely. The rate of drying is often dependent on several factors such as the ambient room temperature, humidity, among others. It is a mistake to apply sealant before the grout completely dries because by so doing, you will be locking in unwanted moisture in with the grout. Wet grout will not hold your tiles smugly in place.
Checking when the grout is dry To know when to apply sealant, you will need to examine your floor by drilling into at least three different sections of the grout to confirm that they are dry. Alternatively, let the grout set and dry for a solid five days and you will be certain that it is ready for sealant application. Once you have done this, mix the recommended sealant in the right proportions and then start sealing the floor tile grout using the right equipment. Be sure check that the sealant covers the grooves between the tiles exactly to the level of the tiles. For a smooth finish, smoothen the sealant using a trowel or other appropriate tool.
Notice that to know when to seal floor tile grout requires expertise, experience and specialized equipment. As such, it may be advisable to contract an expert to do the job for you. You should not disturb yourself with every minor detail about why, how or when to seal tile grout. We will be happy to offer you our services if you are situated in or around the New Braunfels Tx area. Simply pay us a visit or give us a call and we will have one of our flooring contractors come out to your premises to give you a quote.