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Old 10-24-2006, 12:07 PM   #1
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How long to wait before using shower after grouting?

I am just finishin up a tub surround. The homeowners are moving in only 2 -3 days afer grouting is done.

Is it ok to use the shower that soon?

Also, the grout wont be sealed. Im assuming that it can be sealed anytime after a week or so and regular showering wont matter - that the moisture you want out is from the curing, the thinset,etc.
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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Some sealers say you can apply after 48 hrs. Then give it another 24 hrs for the sealer to cure. Good to go, minimally.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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You/they need to follow the directions for whatever sealer you elect to use. Seven days is best, but it's difficult to get people to wait that long.

Using the shower before it's sealed is not a good idea if you're planning to seal it. The water doesn't hurt, but all the other gunk that's gonna get on there does. And, again, you need to let the thing dry completely before you seal with most products, so follow the directions.

I've heard of some like Scott says that say you can use them much earlier, but I don't recall the brand. Nor do I know how effective they are.

I'll move this over to the Cleaning/Sealing forum to see maybe don't you get more input.

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Old 10-24-2006, 10:41 PM   #4
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Hi rkoudelka, Welcome!

Most sealers can be applied within 72 hours. As suggested, check or read the manufacturers directions. Overnight cure is usually needed as a minimum for the sealer.
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