What’s the importance of tile grout sealers in showers?

A question that we quite often receive is, “what’s the importance of tile grout sealers in showers?”, and it’s quite a valid question.  When people realise how hard it is to keep their grout, it seems to make them think about the purpose of it.  Should they just save themselves the hassle of having the grout cleaned and go completely grout-less? (besides being a little unrealistic, this would be a very expensive initiative).

So then, we know the tile grout sealer is staying but what makes it so important?  First of all, let’s look at what a tile grout sealer is.

What is a tile grout sealer?

When your tiles are laid, there is a special substance added that acts as a filler for the joints between the tiles.  The majority of grouts are made up of a powder-mixed cement with various elements. The porous nature of this grout means that water can be absorbed into the material and later cause mould, bad odours and even displacement of the tiles.

A grout sealer is used to try and protect the grout from water penetration.  To achieve this, grout sealer is made up of a water-proof substance that is intended to cover the grout, thus preventing water from entering.

What types of grout sealer are out there?

Generally speaking, there are two types of grout sealers: silicone and polyurethane.

Silicone grout is made specifically for areas of high humidity levels. You will typically find silicone grout in your bathroom and possibly laundry.  Silicone is a rubber-like substance that perfectly covers the grout.

Polyurethane grout, on the other hand, can used on surfaces such as wood.  It has very similar properties to silicone grout but is less commonly used in the average home.

When should you get your tile grout sealed?

The moment your tiles are installed in your bathroom, they should already have a sealer added to them (depending on where they’re located).  Common areas for grout sealing would be around the toilet, sink and shower. If your current grout sealer is peeling off, or if you don’t have any, you may always get new grout installed.

Grout is looking dirty?

Whether your grout or grout sealer is starting to show signs of mould forming, it’s best to get this cleaned straight away.  Mould can spread throughout the grout and not only does it become an eye-sore, but it also emits a displeasing odour.

For more information on having your tiles and grout cleaned in Perth, feel free to call Wizard Tile and Grout Cleaning Perth™ on 0400 634 609. If you’d prefer to leave an enquiry, you may always do that HERE.

 

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