How to Apply Grout Sealer

Applying grout sealer or tile and grout sealer is not a difficult process, but it can be nerve racking for someone who has never done it because the results are so permanent. In reality, the process is very easy and forgiving. You just have to follow a few easy steps and read the directions on your grout and tile sealer carefully before starting.

  1. Make sure the surface is clean and dry
  2. Read the directions carefully
  3. Apply sealer to tiled surface and/or grout lines
  4. Wipe off excess sealer
  5. Test sealer
  6. Apply additional coats as necessary
  7. Do not use the tiled area until the sealer is completely dry
  8. Reapply grout sealer as necessary

1. Make sure the surface is clean and dry…

In order to prepare a surface for sealing, you need to make sure that it is clean, dry, and free of any waxes, coatings, or finishes. There are products that you can buy that will strip wax and acrylic finishes if you need to. Keep in mind that this only applies to the surface that you are sealing. In other words, if you are sealing the tile and the grout at the same time, you need to make sure that both are completely clean. However, if you only are sealing your grout, then it does not matter if your tile is sealed nor has a finisher on it. If you are sealing a new installation, then it is important that you allow the tile adhesive and grout to cure for 48 – 72 hours before sealing.

2. Read the directions carefully…

Tile and grout sealers come with very clear instructions on the bottle. Once you have chosen the sealant you are going to use, your next step should be to read all of the instructions carefully to make sure you have all the application materials that you need and that you understand the process you will need to operate under. You do not want to have to keep going back to the instructions over and over again during the sealing process because some of the steps are time sensitive. Make sure that you can recite the directions by heart before you start or that you have a partner who can constantly refer to the directions while you work. If you need help with selecting the right grout sealant, go here.

3. Apply sealer to tiled surface and/or grout lines…

The exact application process for tile and grout sealants varies from product to product, but basically the actions are the same. You will put the sealer on the tiled surface and/or grout and then use some tool to spread it around evenly. Application tools can be anything from a paint brush to a sponge; or a mop to a cloth pad. You may have to pour the sealant on to the tile surface and then spread it around with your application tool. You may have to spray the grout and tile sealer on and then spread it around with your application tool. No matter what action you are supposed to use to put the sealer on the tiled surface (pour, spray, etc.) or what tool you are supposed to use to spread it around or apply it, the directions on the package will tell you. When several options are given, you might want to have several options available at the start of your project until you figure out which applicator works best for you.

Some sealers that are meant for only for grout lines come with their own applicator attached to the bottle for precision application. Examples would be a small applicator brush, a wheel, or a thin squeeze nozzle. Other grout specific sealants tell you to use a toothbrush or small paint brush for application. Still another option is an aerosol spray can where no application tools are needed because you spray the sealer directly on the grout lines.

4. Wipe off excess sealer…

Even the best grout and tile sealing professionals will have times when too much sealer was applied or you have applied it unevenly resulting in puddles or pools. If this happens, the grout and tile sealant packaging will give you instructions on how long to wait and when to wipe away the excess. They will also recommend what tool to use for this process. The most common tool is a clean cloth cleaning pad. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for clues on when the best time is to remove excess sealer.

If you are sealing the grout only and you do not want sealer on your tiles at all, then you need to wipe away the sealer that inevitably gets on the tiles during the application process immediately after application. If you do not remove excess sealer, you could be left with hazy looking tile or other obvious flaws. Removing completely cured sealer is much harder than wiping away the excess when it is still tacky. Make sure that you do not skip this step.

5. Test sealer…

The best way to test whether you have enough sealer on your tile and grout is a water droplet test. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the sealed area and look to see how the water reacts. If it is absorbed by the tile or grout, then you need at least one more coat of sealer. If the water beads up on the surface, then your tile and grout are completely saturated with sealer and you do not need to apply any more coats.

6. Apply additional coats as necessary…

If you failed your water test, you will need to apply at least one more coat. Keep repeating the water test and adding more coats until the grout and tile are completely sealed. Check the instructions on your sealer packaging for an indication of how long you should wait between coats. You do not need to wait for the sealer to cure completely before adding a additional application. Repeat the test and this step as many times as necessary to completely saturate your tile and grout with sealant.

7. Do not use the tiled area until the sealer is completely dry…

Most tile and grout sealers will give you instructions on how long to wait before using the tiled area again after sealing. This wait time can be anywhere from 2 hours to 24 hours depending on the product. Sometimes they will give a two step instruction that indicates that you can use the area mildly after one amount of time but the sealer will not be completely dry until a second amount of time has passed. Usually you want to avoid getting the area wet until the sealant is completely dry. It is important that you abide by these instructions because otherwise the sealer could be disturbed leaving voids in the coverage.

8. Reapply Grout Sealer as Necessary

There is a large debate over how often you should apply grout sealer. Some grout sealer packages will say that the sealer will last two to three years. Some sealants claim that they will last for as long as twenty years. Some homeowners and contractors recommend that you reapply several times a year for high traffic areas. The truth is that you will have to work out what is best for your tile and the sealer you choose to use. Periodically test the grout sealer to make sure water still beads up on the surface. If not, it is time to reapply. Once you test and reapply a few times you will get an idea of how often grout sealing needs to be done and then you can start to plan your reapplications before your grout and tile are exposed to possible contaminates.

One of the best features of penetrating grout sealer is that it can be reapplied on top of an old application without removing it. There is no need to use a grout sealer remover every time you need to apply a new coat of penetrating sealant. However, there are sealer and coating removers on the market for circumstances where you need to remove a haze or streaks that are formed because you didn’t wipe off the excess sealer from the tiles or you got sealer on a glazed tile surface. Coating sealers on the other hand, should be removed before starting a new application to ensure uniform protection.

When Should I Apply Grout and Tile Sealer for the First Time?

Grout sealer needs to be applied as soon after the tile and grout installation as possible. The longer that the grout and tile remains unsealed, the longer it is exposed to possible stains and contaminates. However, you cannot apply grout sealer before the grout and tile adhesive is completely cured. As grout cures or dries, the water in the grout paste evaporates through the voids in the grout. If you apply the penetrating grout sealer too soon, the pores or voids in the grout will be plugged and the water will never be able to escape so the grout will never dry completely. That being said, some people recommend that you wait as long as thirty days before applying grout sealer. However, most contractors or tile supply houses will recommend forty eight to seventy two hours. There are also some products on the market that claim you can start sealing as soon as six hours after installation.

When Not to Apply Grout Sealer

There is one case where you do not need to apply grout sealer at all. Most grouts are cement based, but there are other types of grout including epoxy grout. Epoxy grout sealer does not exist because you technically do not need to seal epoxy grouts. They are impermeable to liquids and resist staining on their own. They are also water proof so mildew growth is not an issue. So if you have 100% solid epoxy grout, you do not need to use grout sealer. Epoxy grouts are recognizable because they look like they are made of shiny plastic rather than cement.

Two Types of Grout Sealer and the Most Popular Brands

Sealing grout is a necessary step in any tile and grout project. Unfortunately, this step gets overlooked many times to the determent of your grout. Because it is porous, dirt and mildew can get down into your grout making it appear dirty and discolored no matter how much you clean it. Grout sealer prevents this from happening and as a result your grout and tile look cleaner and newer for longer. But just because you know how important it is to use grout sealer, that doesn’t mean you know what grout sealant product is the best grout sealer for you. Looking at the display of sealant products in a home improvement store or tile store can be daunting because there are so many choices. This page will give you some insight into what kind of grout sealer you should use and some grout sealer reviews of some of the most popular brands.

What are the Different Types of Grout Sealers?

  • Penetrating Grout Sealer – Sealer penetrates the porous tile and grout. Polymers are dissolved in either water or a solvent and the liquid works its way just under the surface of the grout and tile. When the water or solvent evaporates, the polymer is left behind to fill the pores and voids in the grout. The result is a shield that repels water and resists staining.
  • Topical Grout Sealer – This sealer is sometimes called a coating sealer. They form a protective barrier on top of the grout and tile rather than under the surface. Coating sealers are also polymers dissolved in water or solvent and the liquid evaporates away to leave the barrier of polymer behind. The polymers used in topical or coating sealers are larger polymer molecules that bridge the gaps or voids in the tile and grout rather than fill them. A common polymer used in topical sealers is acrylic.

When Should I Use Penetrating Grout Sealer?

  1. Wet environments like showers or bathtubs
  2. High traffic areas where foot traffic can wear off topical sealers
  3. Exterior tile and grout that is exposed to the elements (e.g. patios or walkways)

Penetrating grout sealers are definitely the more popular type of grout sealant and you will find more of them on the shelves than coating sealers because they last longer and provide better protection. You can use penetrating sealers on almost any type of tile; just check the specific product instructions. Each formulation is slightly different and certain products are recommended over others for certain types of tile. The chart below will give you an idea of which products are recommended for which tile materials.

Penetrating sealers are also more appropriate in wet or moist environments like a shower or bathtub than topical sealers. If water or moisture were to get under the topical or coating sealer, there would be no way for it to escape and that trapped moisture will foster mildew growth. When water hits a penetrating sealer, it beads up on the surface and never gets into the grout.

When Should I Use Topical Grout Sealer?

  1. To achieve a gloss or matte finish
  2. Extremely high porosity tiles
  3. Low traffic areas in the interest of cost

There are circumstances where coating or topical tile and grout sealers are more appropriate. One of those circumstances would be if you wanted to add a finish to the tile or grout rather than just leave the natural look of the tile and grout. Finishing products can be applied separately after the tile and grout are already sealed, but it is more convenient to have a single product that accomplishes both steps. High gloss and matte finishes are common choices that are often combined with a sealer. Because the finish needs to be on top of the tile or grout lines, these sealers are topical or coating sealers rather than penetrating ones.

Another possible circumstance where you would want to use a topical grout sealant is on extremely high porosity tiles like terracotta. If you try to use a penetrating grout sealer on these tiles, two problems might arise. First, you might have to apply so much penetrating sealer that the color and appearance of your tile would change drastically, negatively affecting the aesthetics of your tile choice. Second, you might have to use so much penetrating sealer that it just isn’t very economical. In these circumstances, it is better to use a topical sealer so that you preserve the appearance of your tile and do not waste your money.

Sanded GroutsNon-Sanded GroutsPolished MarblePolished TravertinePolished LimestoneUnpolished MarbleUnpolished TravertineUnpolished LimestonePolished GraniteSlateOther Natural StonesUnglazed CeramicPorcelainMasonrySaltilloTerra- cotta
Tilelab Stonespecific Polished Marble, Travertine + Limestone Sealeryesyesyesyesyesnonononononononononono
Tilelab Stonespecific Tumbled/Honed Marble, Travertine, Limestone + Slate Sealeryesyesnononoyesyesyesnoyesnononononono
Tilelab Stonespecfic Polished Granite Sealeryesyesnonononononoyesnonononononono
Tilelab Surfacegardyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Tilelab Grout & Tile Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Tilelab Aim and Seal Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Tilelab Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Tilelab Stonespecific Stone Enhancer & Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonononono
Tilelab Gloss Sealer & Finishnononononononononoyesyesnononoyesyes
Tilelab Matte Sealer & Finishnononononononononoyesyesnononoyesyes
Sanded GroutsNon-Sanded GroutsPolished MarblePolished TravertinePolished LimestoneUnpolished MarbleUnpolished TravertineUnpolished LimestonePolished GraniteSlateOther Natural StonesUnglazed CeramicPorcelainMasonrySaltilloTerra- cotta
Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Goldyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Ultra-Solvyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Penetrating Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Pro-Solvyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Sameday Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Aqua Mix Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Aqua Mix High Gloss Sealeryesyesnononoyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Seal & Finish Low Sheenyesyesnononononononoyesyesnonoyesyesyes
Aqua Mix Enrich’N'Sealyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonononono
Sanded GroutsNon-Sanded GroutsPolished MarblePolished TravertinePolished LimestoneUnpolished MarbleUnpolished TravertineUnpolished LimestonePolished GraniteSlateOther Natural StonesUnglazed CeramicPorcelainMasonrySaltilloTerra- cotta
Tile Guard Natural Stone Premium Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyesnoyesyes
Tile Guard Enhance and Sealyesyesnononoyesyesyesnoyesyesnonononono
Tile Guard Natural Stone Penetrating Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonoyesyesyes
Tile Guard Floor and Countertop Stone Sealeryesyesyesnonoyesnonoyesnonononononono
Tile Guard One Step Floor Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Tile Guard Water-Based Floor Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Tile Guard Penetrating Grout Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonoyesnono
Tie Guard Silicone Tile Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Tile Guard Silicone Grout Sealernoyesnononononononononononononono
Sanded GroutsNon-Sanded GroutsPolished MarblePolished TravertinePolished LimestoneUnpolished MarbleUnpolished TravertineUnpolished LimestonePolished GraniteSlateOther Natural StonesUnglazed CeramicPorcelainMasonrySaltilloTerra- cotta
Stonetech Professional BulletProof Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
Stonetech Prefessional Heavy Duty Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
Stonetech Professional Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
Stonetech Professional Natural Stone Countertop Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
Stonetech Professional Impregnator Pro Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonononono
Stonetech Professional Heavy Duty Exterior Sealeryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonoyesnono
Stenetech Professional Advanced Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Stonetech Professional Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
Sanded GroutsNon-Sanded GroutsPolished MarblePolished TravertinePolished LimestoneUnpolished MarbleUnpolished TravertineUnpolished LimestonePolished GraniteSlateOther Natural StonesUnglazed CeramicPorcelainMasonrySaltilloTerra- cotta
511 Impregnatoryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
511 Porous Plusyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
511 H2O Plusyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
511 Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
511 Spray-On Grout Sealeryesyesnononononononononononononono
511 Seal & Enhanceyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyesnono

Below is a description of some of the more popular tile and grout sealers available to homeowners and contractors.

Tilelab SurfaceGard

Tilelab SurfaceGard is their top of the line all purpose grout and tile sealer. This product by Tilelab comes in a variety of sizes with bottles ranging from one pint to one gallon. The quart size bottle comes equipped with a spray nozzle for easy application. The instructions for this product say to apply the SurfaceGard with a sponge or mop. If you are using a container without the spray nozzle, then you can pour it directly on the tile and grout and then spread it around with a mop or sponge. This product is suitable for almost any tile material and all sanded and non-sanded grouts. Typically, polished surfaces will only need one coat while more porous surfaces like grout will need at least two. Excess residue that remains after sixty minutes can be removed with a white polishing pad. You can get anywhere from 200 to 1200 square feet of coverage per gallon depending on the porosity of the tile and grout.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Grout & Tile Sealer

This product can be used on the same surfaces as the SurfaceGard product. The only difference between these two products is that the Grout & Tile Sealer is a little less expensive and does not last quite as long. While the SurfaceGard claims to last for twenty years, the Grout & Tile Sealer will not last nearly as long. This product comes in either a gallon bottle or a quart bottle with a spray nozzle. Coverage is 200 to 1200 square feet per gallon depending on the porosity of the tile and grout and is applied with a mop or sponge. Excess can be removed by scrubbing with a white polishing pad sixty minutes after application but before the product is completely dry.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Stonespecific

There are actually three different Stonespecific products made by Tilelab and each is designed for slightly different natural stone surfaces. One product is meant for polished marble, travertine, and limestone. The second product is meant for un-polished, tumbled, or honed marble, travertine, limestone, and slate. A third product is meant for polished granite. Tilelab made this series of products as an improvement of the SurfaceGard product. There are slight variations in the formulations that make each Stonespecific product better suited to different porosity stones. All three products come in a quart bottle with spray nozzle. The application process is slightly different from the other Tilelab products in several ways. First, you need to work the sealer in for five to ten minutes rather than just applying and waiting for the sealer to penetrate. Then you wait for a longer amount of time between the first and second coats. Coverage is anywhere from 800 to 1,200 square feet per gallon and excess sealer needs to be wiped off immediately after application before it dries.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Aim & Seal Grout Sealer

Tilelab Aim & Seal Grout Sealer is meant specifically for sealing grout lines. This product comes in an aerosol can that you are supposed to hold eighteen to twenty four inches away from the grout. You spray the grout lines and then wipe away any excess sealer that gets on the surrounding tiles allowing the sealer to penetrate the grout. You can spray the aerosol can in many positions because of its 360° nozzle. It can even be sprayed in an inverted position making it easy to apply in tough areas like the corners of a shower stall from a standing position. The coverage for this product is 525 linear feet per 15 oz. can. This might be a good product to use if you are looking to reseal your grout lines but your tiles do not need to be resealed.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Grout Sealer

Tilelab Grout Sealer comes in a six oz. bottle with an applicator brush at the tip. The product is squeezed out of the bottle and applied to the grout lines alone using the applicator brush. Like the Aim & Seal Grout Sealer, this product is for sealing grout lines only, not tiles. You can wipe off any excess sealer that makes it onto the tiles with a cloth. You might use this product instead of the aerosol can if you want a more controlled application process. For example, if you are sealing the grout on a kitchen backsplash and you want to avoid getting sealer on your cabinets or painted walls nearby, you might choose to use the Tilelab Grout Sealer rather than the Aim & Seal Grout Sealer. Coverage is anywhere from 60 to 80 square feet per 6 oz. bottle, depending on how many coats you need to apply. It should also be noted, that the literature from Tilelab on this product indicates that is not as good a stain resistor as the Aim & Seal product.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Stonespecific Stone Enhancer & Sealer

Tilelab’s Stonespecific Stone Enhancer & Sealer is a penetrating product that combines the protection of a sealant with the rejuvenation of an enhancer. The enhancer will darken and accentuate color differences in the natural stone tiles. This product should be used to improve the appearance of worn or faded stone tiles. This product comes in a quart spray bottle and has approximately 43 to 85 square feet of coverage in a bottle. Once the product is sprayed on, you need to spread it out evenly over the tile and grout to ensure even enhancement. Try to avoid overlap or application of excess material in any one area because the stone will not appear uniform. It should be noted that the more porous the stone is, the deeper the color enhancement will be. Make sure to test the material on a small inconspicuous area first to make sure you like the result.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Gloss Sealer & Finish

Tilelab Gloss Sealer & Finish is a topical sealer or coating sealer that is used on extremely porous stones like terracotta and slate. The result is a glossy coating that enhances the color and appearance of your tile while providing a layer of protection against scuff marks and stains. This product comes in quart and gallon bottles and you can expect somewhere between 300 and 500 square feet of coverage per gallon of product. The application process is simple because you just need to apply an even layer with a sponge or mop and allow for it to dry.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Tilelab Matte Sealer & Finish

The Tilelab Matte Sealer & Finish is also a topical sealer, but the end result is a low sheen matte look rather than a high sheen glossy look. The protective finish helps to prevent stains and scuff marks while enhancing the color and texture of your porous stone tiles. The product comes in 2 sizes, a quart bottle and a gallon bottle. Coverage is 300 to 500 square feet per gallon and application should be done with a sponge, mop, or lambswool applicator. Make sure that you apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat. If the sealer coat is too thick it will dry unevenly and the end result will not be as attractive. Several thin coats will produce a better result, but it does take longer.

You can purchase Tilelab products at the following retailers: Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and many tile distributors.

Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold

Sealer’s Choice Gold is the premium all-purpose grout and tile sealer from Aqua Mix. This product is a water-based penetrating sealer that is safe to use on almost any type of tile and grout. Aqua Mix markets this product as especially appropriate for food preparation and serving areas because of its superior stain protection. The Sealer’s Choice Gold also has a Rapid Cure Formula unique to Aqua Mix that is designed to achieve optimal penetration in as little time as possible. Aqua Mix claims that this sealer will dry in as little as four hours. Other products might take as long as twenty four hours before you are allowed to walk on the surface. Sealer’s Choice Gold comes in a variety of sizes ranging from one pint to 5 gallons. Application can be accomplished with a mop, sponge, or cloth. You can also spray the product on and then even out with a sponge or cloth. Any excess sealer that does not penetrate the surface of the tile or grout should be removed within five minutes. The coverage of this product is anywhere from 300 to 1,500 square feet depending on the porosity of the tile and grout.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Ultra-Solv

Aqua Mix Ultra-Solv is also a premium all purpose grout and tile sealer. The only difference between this product and the Sealer’s Choice Gold is that this product is a solvent-based penetrating sealer. There are several reasons why you might prefer to use a solvent-based sealer over a water-based one. First, some experts claim that solvent-based sealers penetrate better than water-based ones because the molecules of the solvent are smaller than water molecules and it is easier for them to penetrate the tile and grout. In addition, some people say that you are less likely to develop a haze on top of your tile if you use solvent-based sealers. Of course, the main drawback to using a solvent-based sealer like Aqua Mix Ultra-Solv is the fumes given off while you are applying it. You must work in a well ventilated area and take breaks often to make sure you are not breathing in harmful vapors. Coverage is anywhere from 400 to 1,500 square feet depending on the porosity of the tile you are sealing. This product is available is a variety of sizes ranging from one quart bottles to five gallon pails.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Penetrating Sealer

Aqua Mix Penetrating Sealer is also an all-purpose tile and grout sealer. It is a water-based product that can be used on almost any tile surface. It comes in many different package sizes ranging from one quart bottles to 55 gallon drums. The main difference between Aqua Mix Penetrating Sealer and Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold is that the Penetrating Sealer is an economical choice that does not last quite as long. The product information for Aqua Mix Penetrating Sealer says that the product will only last around five years. Application methods are consistent with other Aqua Mix products and the coverage that you can expect ranges between 300 and 1,000 square feet per gallon depending on the type of tile.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Pro-Solv

Aqua Mix Pro-Solv is the economical alternative for Aqua Mix Ultra-Solv. Pro-Solv is also a solvent-based tile and grout sealer, but it does not last as long as the premium all purpose solvent-based product by Aqua Mix. Expected wear is around ten years and coverage ranges from 300 to 1,500 square feet per gallon. As with all solvent-based grout and tile sealers, you need to make sure there is adequate ventilation in your work area and that you wear respiratory protection when working with this product. After the product is completely dry, you do not need to worry about respiratory protection or fumes. Once the solvent evaporates away leaving the polymer behind to plug up the porous tiles and grout lines, the ventilation will no longer be an issue.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix SameDay Grout Sealer

Aqua Mix SameDay Grout Sealer is a sealing product intended exclusively for grout and not for tile. This grout sealer is an aerosol product that you spray onto the grout lines. Any excess sealer that is sprayed onto the tiles needs to be wiped off within five minutes of application. Coverage is varies from 300 to 500 square feet per 15 oz can depending on the porosity of the grout and other factors like temperature or humidity. The main characteristic that makes this grout sealer stand out is that Aqua Mix claims you can use it on grout as soon as six hours after grouting. That is far sooner than most grout sealers. Once the grout sealer is applied it will last between one and two years. Luckily it is easy to apply since you will have to reapply so often.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Grout Sealer

Aqua Mix Grout Sealer is a water-based sealer meant especially for sanded and unsanded grouts. It is used most commonly on ceramic tile installations where you do not want to seal the tiles. Unlike the SameDay Grout Sealer, this product needs to be applied with a soft bristled paint brush or sponge paint applicator. You need a tool that is small enough to only get the sealer on the grout lines. Aqua Mix Grout Sealer comes in containers ranging in size from one pint bottles to 55 gallon drums. Coverage is between 300 and 1,500 square feet depending on the porosity of the grout and room conditions. If you do not have a need to seal your grout especially quickly, this is a good all purpose grout sealer to use.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix High Gloss Sealer

Aqua Mix High Gloss Sealer is a topical or coating sealer that not only provides some surface protection for your tile and grout, but also provides a high-sheen finish to your floor. The high –sheen finish is usually obtained with a second product. This Aqua Mix tile and grout sealer saves you an extra step by combining the two products together. Since it is a topical sealer, you should not use Aqua Mix High Gloss Sealer in environments where there will be a lot of moisture or water such as the shower or bathtub. The High Gloss Sealer is applied with a paint brush or sponge and provides between 300 and 1,000 square feet of coverage for every gallon of product. You need to be extra careful to get an even application of sealer when applying topical sealer because uneven application will be evident once the product dries. Avoid puddling at all costs.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Seal & Finish Low Sheen

Aqua Mix Seal & Finish Low Sheen is similar to the High Gloss Sealer in that it is a topical or coating sealer that combines a Sealer with a Finishing coat to add texture to a floor. The difference is that the result is a low sheen coating rather than a high sheen one. The application of this product is also very important. You want to apply the sealer with a paint brush or sponge in a very even layer so that imperfections are not noticeable once the sealer dries. Coverage is 300 to 1,000 square feet per gallon and the product comes in package sizes ranging from one quart bottles to five gallon pails.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.

Aqua Mix Enrich ‘N’ Seal

Aqua Mix Enrich ‘N’ Seal is a penetrating sealer that not only provides a sealer’s protection to the tile and grout, it also enriches the look of the tile and grout by darkening the coloring and highlighting the characteristics of natural stone. When you use this product on your floor or tiled area, make sure to test the product on a small inconspicuous place first to make sure that you like the results. Package sizes range from one pint to one gallon bottles. Application can be done with a sponge, mop, cloth pad, or paint brush. It is important to avoid overlapping during the application process because you want the same enriching effect on all sections of tile and grout. Coverage ranges from 500 to 1,500 square feet per gallon depending on the porosity of the tile and grout. This product is expected to last around fifteen years.

Aqua Mix products are available exclusively from tile distributors and cannot be purchased at hardware or box stores.