The final step for your bathroom project is sealing a tile shower. This completely finishes the tile shower and makes it ready for use. There are some handy tips to keep in mind when you are sealing a tile shower.
Grout Set Tip
Make certain that you have allotted plenty of time for the grout to set and dry. The grout needs to be completely dry before applying any type of sealing on the tiles. Sealant should be able to soak into the grout and it cannot do this if the grout is still damp.
Purchasing Sealant Tip
You can learn about the different types of tile sealant here. Also, the local home improvement store or hardware store may have someone that can help you with selecting the best sealant for the shower tiles.
Do not buy a huge amount of sealing for your tile shower. A little bit goes a long way. If you run out, you can always go back and get more.
Caulking Your Shower Tip
Caulk your new shower completely before sealing a tile shower. Allow the caulk to completely set and dry. You can do this at the same time that you allow the grout to set.
Tile Cleaning Tip
Sealing a tile shower that has dirty tiles is a bad idea. You will be sealing all that dirt and grime into the tiles themselves. Clean any grout film and dust from the tiles with a damp, clean sponge or cloth. You can also polish and wipe the tiles after they have dried.
Unfortunately some brands and strengths of tile sealant can actually stain your tiles. Some of the sealant chemicals react to the tiles and will darken them. Make certain to test a small area that is not noticeable in the shower before applying the sealant over all of the tiles.
Grout Sealing Tip
Once your shower is ready to seal, the first step is to seal the grout. Sealing the grout will reduce the growth of mildew and mold in your shower. This is better for your family because it lessens the chances of health problems. Also, you will find that the shower cleans a lot easier without the growth of mold and mildew.
Once the tiles are completely clean, it is time to seal the grout. You will apply a small amount of sealing on all of the grout lines that are in the shower. It is easiest to do this with a thin, sponge paint brush. Allow the sealant to set for one hour and apply a second coat. Then allow the shower to set a minimum of twenty-four hours.
Tile Sealing Tip
If the sealant will not stain the tile, you can lightly paint a coat of sealant on the tiles to seal them as well. They key is to seal the grout. Sealing the tile will help to prevent dirt and scum build up and make it easier to clean. Be certain to apply the sealant evenly so that you do not have drip areas or streaks.