A beautifully laid tile can transform any space. However, to ensure your tiles continue to look pristine and stand the test of time, it’s crucial to seal and maintain them correctly. From the experts at Quantum Group NI, here’s your step-by-step guide to sealing and maintaining your tiles effectively.
Step 1: Choose the Right Sealant
The first step is to choose the right tile sealant. Quantum Group NI offers a selection of high-quality sealants, designed to protect your tiles from water damage and discolouration. Selecting the appropriate sealant depends on the type of tile – whether it’s ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone. Don’t hesitate to ask our team for guidance on the perfect sealant for your tiles.
Step 2: Preparing the Area
Before sealing, ensure your tiles are thoroughly cleaned and dried. This preparation is critical to ensure that the sealant adheres properly and provides effective protection. For this, Quantum’s tile cleaners can be a great help, offering a deep clean that prepares your tiles for sealing.
Step 3: Applying the Sealant
Once the tiles are clean and dry, apply the sealant. Use a sealant applicator for this task as it allows for an even application without creating a mess. Apply the sealant liberally, ensuring it penetrates the surface of the tile and grout, providing an optimal level of protection.
Step 4: Wipe Off Excess Sealant
After allowing the sealant to penetrate the surface for the manufacturer-recommended time, it’s essential to wipe away any excess using a clean, dry cloth. This prevents the sealant from drying on the surface and causing a haze.
Step 5: Allow Sealant to Dry
Now, patience is key. Let the sealant dry completely before using the tiled area. This usually takes around 24 to 48 hours, but always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
Step 6: Maintenance
Once your tiles are sealed, regular maintenance will keep them looking their best. Regular cleaning with a gentle, pH-neutral cleaner can prevent grime and dirt from building up on the surface.
Every few years, depending on wear and tear, you may need to reseal your tiles. Check the sealant periodically to see if water is soaking in instead of beading up on the surface. If it is, then it’s time for a reseal.
Remember, while this guide offers a handy starting point, different tiles may have different requirements. Always check with a professional if you’re unsure.
The Quantum Group NI team is always available for any advice or guidance you might need. From selecting the right sealant to providing the tools and cleaners for maintaining your tiles, we’ve got you covered.
Visit our online store to explore our range of products tailored to the needs of professional tilers and tile sellers. With Quantum, you can ensure your tiles are not just installed beautifully, but also maintained to last. It’s not just about laying tiles; it’s about crafting spaces that endure.