When to Seal Tile
Tile sealers are protective coatings that fill and/or seal the porous
surface of ceramic tiles and grout joints. This porosity is usually manifested
as tiny holes in the surface of the tile and the grout. Although it is not
always necessary to seal tiles, it can be advantageous in many situtations,
especially where heavy traffic (foot or equipment) is encountered on a regular
basis. Additionally, sealers will enhance and extend the beauty of any tile,
and cut down on daily maintenance.
As can be seen, the requirements for each installation can vary widely,
necessitating careful consideration of:
1. Exposure to corrosion, abrasion, and staining.
2. Type, volume, and size of wheel traffic.
3. Type and volume of foot traffic.
4. Existence of twisting and grinding motions.
Once these questions have been answered, a determination can be made
as to the type of sealer required--residential or commercial. The
term residential applies to light traffic areas, and the term commercial
applies to heavy traffic areas.
Super-Tek Supercote is a water-based acrylic designed for sealing, coating,
and protecting ceramic tile from dirt, stains, wear and abrasion under residential
and light commercial traffic. In addition, Supercote may also be used to
seal marble, slate, vinyl tile, linoleum, concrete, and terrazzo.
Super-Tek Super-Sealcote is a silicon-based sealer designed to penetrate,
seal, and fill voids leaving a transparent film on wall surfaces that are
exposed to heavy moisture conditions such as shower walls, tub surrounds,
steam rooms, etc.
In most instances sealing should be done approximately 28 days after
grouting. Proper application of any sealer requires that the surface area
be clean and dry.