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Old 01-29-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Should Grout look like this?


When grout gets wet after shower, it looks like it's absorbing water.
It eventually dries out, but is this normal? Is it ok? Picture shows wet on the left, and dry on the right for comparison. Thanks.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:33 AM   #2
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Grout sealer will pretty much prevent that and help keep the grout cleaner in the process. Make sure the grout is good and dry before applying the sealer.
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:31 AM   #3
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ok - will do. Thanks!
I guess the guys who installed it (Lowes) should have known this and done that..... lesson learned...
Will do it myself.
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The sealer I used on my shower walls was awfully runny. I found it easiest to just slop it on and then take clean rags and remove the excess from the tiles.
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Thanks... Good to know that it's ok to get the sealer on tiles too.
Just ordered some 511 sealer.
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:25 PM   #6
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I had planned to keep the sealer off of the tile itself, it didn't take more than a minute for that plan to go by the wayside.
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I would never purchase anything from a box store, and Never, Ever allow anyone that represents them in my home. I like having quality products and workmanship. I pay my help by the hour, not the job. So there is never a hurry. I want quality work, not quantity. And I specify exactly everything they are to do, that is when I hire someone, which is not often.



Just recently I hired a roofing contractor. I told them exactly what shingles to purchase. And how to install them. I had them remove some of them because they did not seal them properly, or use the recommended number of nails in each. Same with the fascia boards. They tried to use pine. When I spec'ed out cedar, primed with two coats and painted with two coats of oil based paint. They were there removing them and install what I spec'ed, and what they agreed to in writing.


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Tile would not absorb the sealer as it's fired, grout absorbs because it's porus before sealing.
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Hi Homey Homeowner,

Final cleanup and sealing is not part of the installation process unless it's specified and included in the price of the job. Sealing is done after a few days and the contractor has moved to the next job.

511 Impregnator is one of the best sealers, and yes, apply on the tiles too.

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Can you find out which grout they used specifically?


It looks like they might had used a regular white thinset to grout as opposed to an actual grout. Mortar sold in bags labeled as a grout is a higher psi mortar, 4,500psi or higher, to be more specific. Although it will also absorb some water it's not to an extent where it should change a color that much. That much color change is an indication of a lower psi thinset mortar used to set tiles.


Like others had said, 511 is an excellent sealant. That's your best bet at this point. Just let it dry for at least 24 hours before applying. Better 48 hours since you don't want to trap moisture inside.
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