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Unread 12-21-2005, 10:41 PM   #1
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Sealing Porcelain Tile

Hi guys. With your help I just finished installing the porcelain floor tile in the bathroom. It came out great. Tomorrow I grout .

My question concerns sealing. I know, from this board, that I ought to wait about 2 weeks before sealing. My question is: do I seal both the grout AND the tile, or just the grout.

The guy at Lowes is an ex-tile guy. He did it for 25 years before his knees gave out. He says I should seal both the grout and the tile. Do you agree ? Is there any harm in doing so ? The tile is their "Rialto" line if that helps.

Muchos thankos.

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Unread 12-21-2005, 10:43 PM   #2
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Hey Joe,

If the porcelian tile is glazed, you will not need to seal the tile, just the grout.

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Unread 12-22-2005, 09:24 AM   #3
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Hi Joe

Do you have a link to the particular Rialto tile you used? Some of their unglazed stuff will benefit from sealing.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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Doitright,

I'll started to google on Rialto tile and post what I find here.

It looks like this tile has generated some interest here in the past .

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...&threadid=5955

I did call the evil, despotic Lowes in the meantime. They said it's "un-glazed". I assume that's why the one guy there (with 25 years experience as a setter) told me to seal the grout and the tile. He speaks in a very thick Italian accent and I didn't ask him yesterday why the tile also needs to be sealed. He's not in the store today . I guess I didn't ask because he seemed so knowledgeable and definitive in all of his answers to my noobie questions.

So in summary, if me research proves that it's un-glazed tile, I assume I SHOULD seal the grount and tile ?

Thanks.

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Unread 12-22-2005, 01:51 PM   #5
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Hi Joe

I would. Just don't let the sealer dry on the surface. Also, very important to maintain tile & grout with a tile & stone specific neutral pH cleaner.
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