You probably know that carpets need to be vacuumed regularly and professionally cleaned every so often to keep them in great shape. Likewise, you probably sweep and mop your tile and stone floor and scrub your other tile and stone surfaces in order to keep them clean. Did you know that that is not enough to keep your tile and stone clean and in good condition? In fact, tile and stone should be sealed on a regular basis in order to help maintain them and keep out germs and bacteria. This step is just as important as your every day cleaning in maintaining a happy and healthy home.

Why You Need a Sealant

The first thing that it’s important to know is that you’re usually not actually sealing the tile and stone. You need to seal the grout in between tile and stone. Grout is made of sand and fills up holes effectively and cheaply. It does the job, but it’s porous. This means that it’s a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungus, and dirt. It can also become easily dirty and stained. Grout can be difficult to clean, so in order to last, it must be sealed correctly. Applying protection to your grout should be considered mandatory—and a grout sealant accomplishes exactly that.

How Often Should You Seal

There is no simple answer for often you need to seal your tile and stone’s grout, because every room and home is different. Because the moisture in room like bathrooms acts as a breeding ground for mold and mildew, give these types of ‘hotspot’ rooms extra care and attention. Other lower traffic rooms can be sealed less often because they have less wear and contact with moisture. 

As a general rule of thumb, you should reseal your grout once a year for high traffic homes. Anytime it’s been deep cleaned, reseal it immediately because cleaning can damage the sealant and you don’t want stains to develop before you have the chance to seal it. Less frequently used rooms can get away with resealing only every 4-5 years.

How to Seal Your Grout

It is possible to seal your grout yourself. However, this can be tedious work and it’s a job that’s easier left to the professionals in order to ensure that it gets done right. North American Chem-Dry Sonoma offers tile and grout cleaning and sealing services. Using specialized cleaning solutions and powerful suction equipment, Chem-Dry can blast the dirt and bacteria from your tile, grout and stone, and restore your tile to a brand new look and feel, which we seal in. Let us take care of all the hard work for you.