Brisbane tile sealing isn’t necessarily difficult, but it sure can be a hassle. Unfortunately, it’s a necessity if you want to ensure your tile surfaces look their best and last as long as possible. This is especially true of stone tile, since it is the most porous of all tile materials. Luckily, there are a few things you can keep in mind that will help the process go a lot easier and keep your stone tile stain free.
Before you grout the stone tile, it should be sealed. Why? Natural stone is very porous, and nearly anything you get on it will penetrate and stain it, including grout. When you seal just the top of the stone tile first, not only will you prevent any grout material from absorbing into the stone, but also you will make grout clean up a breeze. Once you’ve applied the first coat of sealant to the stone tiles, allow them to dry completely, and then apply a second coat before applying the grout.
Don’t forget to seal the grout as well, once it’s been applied, since grout is even more susceptible to staining than most stone. In fact, to make it easy, apply the grout across the entire surface, not just the grout. This will require less effort, and it will be a third coat for the tiles, which will make them even more impenetrable.
Also, if your stone tiles are located in wet areas, such as the bathroom, or as a backsplash in the kitchen, it’s important that you seal them once a year. Is it required? No, but the process is relatively easy, and will prevent water from penetrating the stone. Also, by resealing the stone tile, you are ensuring that clean up remains a breeze.
While it’s no fun, Brisbane tile sealing is part of the job for any do-it-yourselfer. By learning a few tricks you can make it that much easier, and spend more time enjoying the results of your work than actually doing it!