Sealing Grout Lines Video
You can see a lot of 'How To' videos on Facebook and yesterday was no exception. I received a video from someone I know regarding a new and clever way to seal grout lines. Before I discuss what was on the video let me first answer the questions of what is sealing and is it necessary. When people install new tile floors they will often have either non-sanded or sanded grout lines between the tiles. Grout lines are purely for aesthetic reasons and serve no practical purpose. If done properly they make the floor look pretty. The problem with grout lines is that they collect oils, dirt and grime over time making them very difficult to clean with ordinary mops and cleaners. Because grout tends to be porous it makes a great catch all for all kinds of dirt and yuck. Sealer is nothing more than a sticky plastic that fills in the pores of the grout making it much more difficult for the oils, grease, and grime to hide and build up in the grout lines. The proper sealer can save the home owner a lot of future headaches when it comes to cleaning their floors. The proper sealer can also prevent the grout lines from fading and even cracking.
In this You tube video a man was on the floor with a white candle and he was instructing his audience to simply draw on the grout lines like you would if you were using a crayon. The act would protect the grout from future build up. Wax is a terrible substitute for a good sealer. The wax will be quickly removed if you mop with hot water or any cleaner that you can buy at the store such as Pine Sol, Mr. Clean, Ammonia, etc. Not only that but wax will turn yellow over time and it is going to be very difficult to remove from the grout lines unless you hire a professional such as myself and I, or one of my competitors, will probably charge you extra for this type of cleaning and restoration. A good sealer can and will last about (5) years I doubt very seriously that the wax will last (5) weeks. After a couple of cleanings it will be gone. And if you attempt to use a steam mop it will probably ruin your mop or at least ruin the pads that go on the mop.
In this video this man was on his hands and knees applying his wax candles and he would have to do the same thing if he was applying sealer, so I do not see any advantage to saving time. Can you imagine how many candles you would need to wax a 500 square feet room? Not only that but you would have to purchase the correct candle size to match the grout lines width. Seems like a lot of extra work to me.
I would strongly recommend that you do not apply wax to your grout lines. Not only may it cost you more now, but it will definitely cost you more later. As always if you have a question or concern feel free to contact me by email or call me at (916) 525-2456.
Until Next Time,
Michael Hull - Owner