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Old 02-05-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Can I seal tiles and grout?


I have recently installed mosaic tiles in our bathroom. We're getting ready to seal but I had one question.

I'm getting conflicting info, but can we put the sealant over the surface of the tiles or just the grout line?

Some sites have said it gives the tile added protection, while others say it makes them look filthy.

Just wanted to get some opinions before we start down the long road of sealing these tiny lines.
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Here is a photo, if that helps:

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Old 02-05-2016, 08:39 PM   #3
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I'm getting conflicting info, but can we put the sealant over the surface of the tiles or just the grout line?
If you decide to seal just the grout, please let me know so I can come watch you go mad.

You should seal everything using a penetrating sealer, which is what most are. Do not use one that says; low gloss or high gloss, those are topical acrylic polishes, (wax) Penetrating tile & grout sealers do not change the appearance of either in any way.

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Just wanted to get some opinions before we start down the long road of sealing these tiny lines.
If it takes you more than 15 minutes (per coat), once you're ready to seal, There's something wrong.

Have you decided on a sealer yet?

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Jaz! Ha. I definitely didn't want to do just the grout. I was hoping for just your answer.

So here's what we got, but if you have a better recommendation, please let me know.



So we can just spray this on the whole floor and then we're good to go?
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Sure that'l work, not their best sealer though. One of the AquaMix or Miracle Sealants like 511 Impregnator are better. Go by the price, something good should be about $30 + for a qt. HD carries all 3 brands, I think they own Tilelab and AquaMix. I would avoid sprays.

My favorite is Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator, original.

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That would be interesting to see someone try and seal just the grout on that type tile.
Post your location so I can bring my lawn chair and a camera and watch it.
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Lol. I'm in Los Angeles, so bring the your chair!

Alright, I promise, last question.

So I'll return this spray and look for your recommendation. Then I just rub it on with a sponge, let it dry and then do a second layer and I'm all good?

Thanks again! You're amazing.
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Yea Joe, maybe we'll finally meet. I'll bring the wine and cheese.

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Apply with a wax pad applicator thingy or just use a white 100% cotton cloth. Apply, allow to soak in for 3-5 minutes, wipe off any excess with other dry towel before it dries, continue to next area. Allow to dry per directions, apply another coat. Directions may vary by product you select.

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