How to Seal Bathroom Tile


Installing bathroom tile is a huge project that can be pricey and time-consuming. Without sealing the tile, you're asking for trouble because moisture will get between the grout lines. Adding sealer won't waterproof your tile work, but it will make it much more water resistant.

Things You'll Need

  • Grout sealer
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Make sure your tile is very clean. If there is any mold or dirt on the tile before you seal it, it will be there for years.

  • Allow the grout to completely dry before you seal it. Otherwise, you're sealing in the moisture. Typically, the dry time is a week to let it totally cure if it's a new tile job.

  • Read the directions on the packaging for your specific kind of sealer. Normally, start at the highest point and work down from side to side. Apply the sealer by wetting the microfiber rag with it and then wiping it over the grout lines. If you have porous stone tile, it can be sealed at the same time. Make sure it gets wet, not just damp.

  • Allow the sealer to dry completely for about 2 hours. This will give it enough time to penetrate the grout and fill in the air pockets. Clean up any sealer with a damp rag before it has a chance to dry.

  • Apply two more coats in the same way, letting each dry thoroughly. When you drip some water on it, it should bead off without any absorption. Wipe up any sealer that gets out of place.

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