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Old 12-11-2011, 06:55 AM   #1
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Tiling a bathroom

Over the weekend installed a new shower over bath and tiled around the bath and wall area. Planning to grout the tiles tomorrow, however unsure of a couple things.
How long does the grout need dry before the shower can be used?
Do you seal the grout straight away or wait? Seems to be many opinions on when this should be done


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Old 12-11-2011, 07:44 AM   #2
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What kind of grout? Conventional cementisious (sp) --24 to 48 hours---sealer? read the label-they vary.

Epoxy---24 hours or less--no sealer---

Acrylic----7 days---no sealer


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Old 12-11-2011, 09:55 AM   #3
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For regular grout you should wait 24 hours. Sealing is not needed, but if you have a problem with mold and the bathroom is not well ventilated, you should apply a sealer, especially if the tiles are natural stone. In fact, you should always seal natural stone and the grout.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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To grout your tile wait approximately 8 hours after installation, this is plenty of time to let the glue dry and not let your tiles move around from grouting. As far as sealing I do recommend sealing your grout as this will prevent mold buildup on the surfaces of the grout but in my opinion wait at least 1 week if not 2 to seal to allow the glue and grout to completely "cure." Doing so prematurely could lock in moisture and never allow the grout and glue to dry properly.
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Opinions opinions, everyone has an opinion. This isn't up to someones opinion. Various sealers have various recommendations. Follow the instructions on the label of the grout sealer you buy. It's just that simple. Leave every one's opinion out of the mix in this case.
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