Is Grout Sealing Necessary? Is Grout Sealing Necessary?
You've just put down new tile and wonder if it's necessary to apply grout sealing. Here's a short guide to help you out.
Benefits of Grout Sealing
- Cleaner home: Cement is porous, and whenever you apply a cement-based grout it increases likelihood of mold and mildew developing. Sealing grout keeps spills from seeping into the grout causing stains.
- Easier to clean: Since sealed grout does not stain as easy, you spend less time scrubbing when a mess occurs.
- Save on maintenance: Grout that becomes dirty from grim and water eventually breaks up, causing the tiles to break-up and eventually need to be replaced. Grout sealing slows down damage and extends the time before you need to re-tile.
- Slow down wear-and-tear: Grout sealer binds itself to the grout, strengthening it and slowing down the time it takes to break down and need replacement.
When Is Grout Sealing Unnecessary?
Not all grout needs to be sealed. Epoxy grout and grout admix are not porous, and therefore do not require a seal because they do not absorb water as easily as most types of grout.
How to Know When Grout Sealing Is Necessary?
If you're still unsure if you need to seal your grout, here is an easy test. Drop a few drips of water on the floor and see if the grout absorbs the water. If the water is absorbed by the grout, then grout sealing in necessary.