Tips on How to Seal and Finish Your Floor Tiles
What are some tips you need to remember when sealing and finishing your floor tiles?
- Follow the proper order of sealing and finishing the tiles
- Choose between sealing the tile or the grout
- Seal porous tiles
Having floor tiles in the Philippines requires that you give utmost care to the installation. This includes sealing your tiles and maintaining its polished finish for it to bring optimum appearance to your home. This is an integral part of tile maintenance and it is something that you should not just skip.
Tiles can complete the room’s interior depending on the qualities or types of tiles you choose. There are many different factors pointing to the important reasons why you should seal your floor tiles. This article will serve as your guide on fixing some problems that can be solved with the proper sealant and finish on your tiles.
Prep Your Tile Installation with the Right Steps
There is a prescribed arrangement in achieving a successful tile sealing and finishing method. Beginning your sealing and finishing process on floor tiles is an easy task but it should be meticulously done if you want to arrive at an aesthetically pleasing and practical result. Acquire the lasting benefits that you can get from this process with these simple steps:
Prepare the Required Materials
Before the grouting and sealing process, you have to be equipped with the necessary tools to set the task in order. Make sure that a broom, grout, multiple pails, sponges, gloves, and sealant are close by so you can begin the process.
You should start by removing spacers before you start the process. Once the tile installation has gone into place and once it has been set properly, then you should proceed to remove the spacers used in between the tiles. Use the necessary tools to take them out. If it is difficult to remove, then use a trusty screw drive or chisel to get them out.
Cleaning the Surface and the Grout Lines
Proceed to clean the surface and grout lines after you remove the spacers. It is required that you clean the areas where the grout will be applied. This will let you avoid loosened grout once it dried.
Mix and Float the Grout
Following package instructions, mix the grout accordingly until it has achieved the prescribed consistency. It should be thick enough to be pressed into the tile lines and it must not have a runny consistency. After this, you should float the grout by taking your trowel and pressing the grout into the spaces; make sure that all the spaces and corners are filled.
Clean the Tiles Then Apply Sealant
Clean the tiles using the sponges that you have. Clean off the grout and tile lines accordingly. Scoop off excess grout and dirt off the tiles so you can proceed to apply the sealant. Using clean water is important for this step so that you can have optimum results. Once you have seen that the grout has dried, apply the sealant to ensure that the grout does not absorb stains. Again, make sure that all the surfaces are clean before proceeding with this step.
Why You Should Seal Tiles and Grout
In the Philippines, floor tiles need to be sealed to protect it from a fickle climate. However, one should not forget about the grout; it is as significant as the tiles because it also contributes to the design potential of the floor tiles. When it comes to sealing floor tiles, you should choose between sealing the tile or sealing the grout to improve its appearance.
Sealed grout can bring vast improvements to your floor tile installation because it can keep the tiles clean-looking and crisp in its design. Also, take note that grout is porous and it can be exposed to stain easily so you should strive to maintain the original look of the grout from its first installation. Sealing your grout or tile makes it easier to maintain, more than it already is. This can save a lot of your time because the tile installation can also be easier to clean.
Seal Ceramic Tiles
Porous tiles are especially vulnerable to dirt, sealing it will do a good job of maintaining its durability properties. Ceramic tiles performs and looks best when sealed since they are naturally porous. Porcelain tile, a type of ceramic tile, is the least porous. It is also highly dense (0.5% water absorbed).
Although sealing porcelain tiles with its naturally low water absorption isn’t deemed necessary, further seal and protection is always good. Take a look at this porcelain tile with intricate slate-inspired detailing available in multiple patterns:
Additionally, there are more benefits to sealing grout and tiles such as improving its slip-resistance properties as well as reducing tile staining problems.
Maintaining your tiles’ great polish and finish is a task that you should take responsibility for. Because of this effort, you add lasting effects to your tiles. Essentially, this is a great way to maintain the sheen of your tiles and achieve maximum design potential for your home.
Before you begin your tile installation project, review these tips and don’t forget to visit the nearest FC Tile Depot location where you can get high-quality tiles with great designs!