Sealing Your Tiles

Sealing TilesSealing is an important process of installing tiles, the obvious reason being that it helps keeps your tiles looking better for longer, which is always nice for those who like a home that’s spic and span. It also prevents moisture and dirt from getting into cracks and crevices within your tiles and damaging them and makes your tiles much easier to clean to boot. As a result the amount of maintenance needed for your tiles is drastically reduced. This is especially true in regards to stone tiles, which tend to be porous and therefore more likely to acquire stains or acquire damp. Sometimes tiles will already be proofed with no need of anything from you, but it pays to make sure. To check if they need to be sealed, spread some water onto the tile. If the water darkens or changes colour then it’d be best to seal them. If the water doesn’t change, then you’re probably safe.

If in doubt, it never hurts to seal them anyway. One can’t be too careful.

Applying sealant to the grout is, likewise, fairly important to do for the same reason. Grout by its nature is highly porous, much like stone. Failure to seal it makes it easier for damp to get in and behind your tiles, which is not only damaging but near impossible to notice or deal with in time. Not unless you’re to remove the tiles entirely, which would make laying them down something of a waste of time.

In general you should check with your tile manufacturer for advice on sealing them, including whether or not they need it or what brands would be most effective. For all your tiling needs, be sure to check out www.wallsandfloors.co.uk!

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