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Old 01-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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just built 5'x6' steam shower, tile counter tops and tile floor. do these areas need sealers?
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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The main function of sealer is to buy you some time to clean a spill before it possibly becomes a permanent stain. Depending on the material used, some tile and grout benefits from sealing and some doesn't.

What type of tile did you use on each of these areas? If it's a man-made tile with a glaze on it, is it glossy or matte? And can you tell us what kind of grout was used?

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sorry i don't know anything about tile except its cold on my feet, wife is handling all this. but thanks for the help
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Hi Bill, Welcome!

Sounds like you need to introduce us to your wife.

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Maybe we should be recommending he buy some warm slippers?

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:58 AM   #6
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Not to high jack this thread, but is there a general rule as to how often you should reseal the shower grout?
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Sealed surfaces should repel water. It really depends on how porous your grout is as porous grout will appear to absorb water even if properly sealed.

Generally, if you put water on the grout surface and it beads, it's good to go. If you drop water on it and it soaks up like a sponge and changes the color, it may need to be sealed.

Again though, there are exceptions to the rules.
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Depends on what stone it is. If it is granite you should be okay compared to say a limestone, travertine or marble. Although sealing would be best even if it is a granite. I am assuming it is honed finish tile.

Tool guy is right, sealer will just buy you some time to clean up the spill. If you want something makes absorption nill and would like to maintain the original look then I would recommend Permeators (we manufacture them).
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