Tile Sealing using top quality Tile Sealers
Stain-Guarding uses a high-grade sealer specific to your stone or tile type. Sealing reduces the speed that your surface will absorb liquid, guarding against future staining by preventing contaminants from soaking in immediately, and will also allow easier maintenance of the surface.
Tile Sealing options
Tiles have different levels of porosity, meaning they are capable of soaking up different amounts of water or other liquids. It is important to test your tile's porosity level to determine whether it needs sealing or not.
Tile sealing is particularly useful on tiles that are porous, or that have open pore structures. However impervious tiles can also be sealed if problems are occurring with the grout surrounding the tiles.
Stone Sealing options
Even though we think of stone as 'hard', it is in fact a porous material that will absorb spills and stains if left untreated and unprotected. Stone surfaces are commonly used on bench tops, vanities and floors – areas that have high exposure to spills.
Stain-Guarding to seal your stone will help prevent the entry of moisture and most stains – enhancing the beauty and life of this investment without affecting its look or finish. Stone sealing is particularly important on very porous stone, such as sandstone. Acid-sensitive stone (such as marble and limestone) can also benefit greatly from stone sealing.
Wet look Sealer options
A wet look sealer gives all the benefits of sealing, but also darkens the colour of the surface by 2-3 shades – giving a permanent ‘wet look’ finish without affecting the texture of the stone. For more information on this option refer to the Surface Enhancement page.
Sealing provides protection, but does not completely isolate the surface for damage. For the next level of protection, consider Barrier-Coat Polishing surface coating systems.
What Is Tile Sealing?
Many homeowners don't understand the importance of sealing their tile floors and walls.
It's the last and most overlooked step when repairing or replacing tiles on the floor or walls. However, there are many advantages to sealing a tiled surface.
This simple act will ensure your tiled floors, benchtops, walls, and splashbacks look great and last for a long time.
That's why it’s imperative for you to seal the tiled floors, walls, benchtops or splashbacks in your home.
Purpose Of Tile Sealing
You should understand that there are two main parts of a tiled floor - the tile and the grout.
Grout plays an important part in holding the tiles together so that the floor or wall stays together. However, grout is naturally porous and can easily stain.
That's why it's important to seal both the tiles and the grout to prolong the lifespan of the floor or wall.
Sealing is done to strengthen the defences of tile or grout against dirt, spills, and erosion.
Whether the tile is porcelain, ceramic or stone, it has to be sealed periodically.
Even tiles that have a pre-existing sealer need to be sealed because the original sealant can wear out over time.
The proper sealer ensures easy cleaning and maintenance of tile and grout. It prolongs the lifespan of tiled floors, walls, and benchtops.
Types Of Sealers
Tile sealers are a liquid coat applied to the porous surface of the tile and grout.
The sealant will protect the surface from natural deterioration, oxidation, and day-to-day wear.
A good sealant will protect the tiles and grout from absorbing stains and spills.
With the numerous benefits of tile sealers, you should choose the right tile sealer for your home.
There are two basic types of tile sealers such as surface sealants and penetrating sealants.
Penetrating tile sealants are absorbed into the grout or tiles. It forms a stain-resistant coating just below the surface of the floor or wall.
A penetrating sealer will not change the natural appearance of the tile. Surface sealants are coated on top of the tile or grout.
It forms a stain-resistant and non-porous sealant on the tiled floor, benchtop or wall.
This type of sealer will add a slight lustre to the tile and enhance the natural colours of the tile.
Tile sealers will enhance the endurance and durability of tiles and grout.
The right type of sealant will enhance the appearance of your tiled floors, walls, and countertops.
Sealing should be done periodically to prolong the lifespan of the floor or wall. A professional tile sealer is the best bet to do an effective sealing job.
Make sure you research before choosing the best tile sealing contractor in your area.
When To Seal Your Tiles And Grout?
Now that you know the importance of sealing tile and grout, you should also know when to seal your tiles and grout.
If the tile, porcelain, or ceramic has a pre-existing sealant, you don't need to seal them immediately.
However, if the tile doesn't have a pre-existing sealant, you should seal them once they are installed.
You can seal the tile and grout after 48-72 hours of installation. Make sure you give enough time for the grout to dry before the sealant is applied.
Even tiles with pre-existing sealants should be sealed periodically because the pre-existing sealant will wear out over time.
You should check the tile/grout at least once a year to see if they need a sealer.
You may have to do it more frequently if they are installed in a high-traffic area.
You can place a few drops of water onto the surface of the tile/grout to see if they need sealing.
If the water is soaked in within minutes, it is time to reseal the tile/grout.
If the water remains beaded for some time, you don't have to seal the surface immediately.
Failure to reseal a tile surface may lead to permanent staining on the tile and grout. Save your investment by sealing the tile/grout surface periodically.
Why Choose Slique?
If you are searching for a reliable tile sealing company in Sydney, you don't have to look further than our team at Slique.
One of our friendly staff will make an appointment to conduct a free on-site survey before giving you an all-inclusive estimate for your tile sealing project.
The estimate will break down each treatment recommended for your surface. All the work is undertaken by specialist technicians from our company.
You can be sure that the technician will arrive on time and complete the work as scheduled.