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How to Seal Stone Tile and Grout – pFOkUS Guide
If you have installed natural stone on your countertops, showers and floors, you must be aware of the maintenance it needs. Regardless of how often you clean your stone and scrub the grout, mold, stains and mildew reappear. The recurrence of mold and stains makes you get into a viscous loop of frequent cleaning. But, had you sealed your natural stone and grout after a thorough deep cleaning, you can retain the cleanliness of your surfaces with minimal efforts. In this blog, we shall throw light on how to seal stone and grout after cleaning to prevent stains and mold.
Why do we Insist on Thorough Deep-Cleaning before Sealing?
As natural stone surfaces are porous, they tend to absorb water, moisture into their pores and remain damp. This dampness inside provides excellent breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Even stains penetrate deeper inside and form dense and stubborn.
You need to first use a deep-penetrative and robust cleaner to clean such stains and mold from the root. The best cleaner with a deep-soaking quality is Imperia Deep Clean, eliminating all the deep rooted stains and mold. Once your natural stone floor, shower or countertop has been cleaned, sanitized and prepped using this cleaner, you can proceed to sealing.
How does Sealing Protect your Natural Stone and Grout?
We have already discussed the porosity factor above. Stone floor sealing, when done with the right water-resistant products forms a protective coating on the surface, thereby preventing further water absorption, and subsequent mold and mildew breeding.
We generally recommend our customers to seal their grout separately before sealing the tile. This step seals the grout and prevents moisture present inside to give birth to mold, which eventually gives a hazy appearance beneath the tile sealant. Grout sealing should be done with Caponi – our best titanium made solven colored grout sealer that can be shaded in more than 40 color options.
Furthermore, tile sealing is also important because you cannot control or avoid food or beverage spills, leaks and other such dirt on the surface. Such spills seep in directly into the unsealed surface, making it favorable for mold breeding.
When you seal your natural stone surfaces such as travertine, marble or slate, you also protect them from chipping off easily.
Moreover, some natural stone surfaces like slate also shed dust. An unsealed slate tile starts to look worn out and faded in a few years owing to repeated shedding of dust. When you seal slate stone, you prevent it from fading and it retains its lustre and sheen.
How to Seal Stone in the Best Way?
Now that you are convinced that sealing stone protects it from staining and preserves its beauty, we will introduce you to our best stone sealer.
Meet Celine – an incredible clear resin topical solvent-based sealer that forms a hydrophilic layer on the stone surface, thereby preventing it from water absorption. Celine, manufactured by pFOkUS is the best stone sealer on the market that carefully coats the surface and preserves its integrity and beauty for long.
How does Celine Work?
When you clean, prep, and sanitize your natural stone floor, shower and countertops with Imperia Deep Clean, you will also get rid of the pre-existing sealers along with stains and mold. The pores open up and the surface becomes absolutely sanitized.
Next, you can seal the grout with Caponi – a two part pigmented solvent based epoxy resin, if you want to match your grout in a particular hue, else you can only use Celine which doesn’t only seal natural stone, but it also adds a coating protection to all the grout lines. Grout sealing before tile sealing, keep the surface clean and beautiful for long years.
Lastly, you should perform natural stone sealing with Celine. This clear topical sealant covers your stone tile in just one coat. It creates a protective barrier on the surface, thereby making it water and weather-resistant. As the pores in stone open up after cleaning, Celine enters the pores and shuts them while making the surface water-proof. Furthermore, this clear resin sealer also leaves a brilliant sheen on the surface.
Celine is not bulky like other sealers available on the market. It renders a very natural look with its sleek appearance. Moreover, it is solvent-based as water-based sealers easily wear off while cleaning and are only temporary fixes. Celine is highly recommended by D’Sapone – a leading stone, tile, grout and glass restoration service provider in the U.S. This restoration company has an exclusive deal with us to only use our products in the areas they service. You can even hire D’Sapone experts to seal your stone and grout. They offer a 5 year labor warranty with the use of pFOkUS’ products.
Where can you Use Celine?
You can use Celine to seal stone anywhere on your countertops, pool areas, floors, walls and showers. It retains the lustre, sheen, brilliance and beauty of your surfaces and also protects them from damage.
How to Seal Stone Tile and Grout with Celine?
- After you have thoroughly cleaned the surface using a high quality cleaner – Imperia Deep Clean, you need to wipe it with a soft rag. Ensure that there is no dampness and the surface is completely dry.
- Next, you need to apply an even coat of Celine on the surface. You can use an applicator if you need to spread it evenly. The first coat will dry to a semi-gloss finish.
- Allow Celine to dry for 48 hours before exposing it to moisture.
- You can check with a small water test after 48 hours. After applying Celine, water will settle in the form of water droplets on the surface and will not spread on the tile surface.
- After 48 hours, you need to apply the second coat. Apply it patiently for 1-5 hours and you will see a very high gloss sheen of the stone.
When you invest in costly stone for your interiors, do not forget to seal it too. Now that you have learnt how to seal stone tile and grout with Celine, you can buy it from pFOkUS for a do-it-yourself task or you can even hire experts from D’Sapone to do the task for you.