Sealing tiles is recommended to prevent staining. Due to the low levels of porosity found in many tiles, it is suggested that a penetrating sealer such as a Tileguard Sealer be used. Normally it is polished tiles that require sealing as the polishing process can cause minute micro pores to appear at the surface.
If your tile is made of stone such as slate, marble, or granite, then it will also need to be sealed. Stone is naturally porous and will absorb spills and stain fairly easily.
You can often tell if your tile has already been sealed by spreading a few drops of water on them. If they darken or change colour, they are probably not sealed. If they stay the same, they may have already been sealed. There can be some exceptions to this, so it’s good to check with your tile manufacturer to be sure.
Sealing Tiles with Tileguard
Check out the range of Tileguard products for sealing tiles:
Sealing Tiles is easy with Bondall Tileguard Tile and Grout Sealer.
Test on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the sealer is achieving the desired result, and to ensure it does not discolour the tiles prior to application over the entire area. Before applying, remove any silicone sealant strips and soap build up and clean any mould from the tiles and grout with bleach or Tile and Grout Cleaner. Rinse thoroughly with water, after cleaning. Also remove and patch any loose or missing tile grout and for improved quality, use Bondall Hydrocrete as an additive in the grout. The application area also need to be dry for approximately 12-24 hours before applying Tile and Grout Sealer.
Tile and Grout Sealer will treat approximately 5 square metres depending on the texture, porosity and method of the application.
Application should start from the top of the wall, brushing the sealer liberally over tiles and grout. Finish with the shower or floor base. You’ll nee to ensure that Tile and Grout Sealer is applied thoroughly to all surfaces and allow at least 15 minutes for the ﬁrst application to react, before repeating the entire area. Allow another 15 minutes for the second application to penetrate then use a dry cloth to wipe oﬀ any excess left on the tile surface. Once finished, allow 24 hours before using.
When selecting the right Bathroom tile sealer, a lot depends on the type of tile used. Bondall produce a range of Tileguard products that a suitable for a variety of bathroom tiles.
Tileguard Bathroom tile sealers
Tileguard Granite and Marble Sealer is designed to penetrate natural granite and marble surfaces to provide effective water repellent qualities.
For penetrating un-glazed porcelain and ceramic surfaces, Tileguard Porcelain and Ceramic Sealer is ideal and provides effective water repellent qualities.
For a clear penetrating solution that waterproofs terracotta tiles without leaving a slippery film coating, Tileguard Terracotta Sealer is the best option. It is most suited to unglazed surfaces and being water-based it’s easy to apply and clean up.It works in both horizontal and vertical surfaces and on interior and exterior finishes.
For the tile surfaces that are constantly wet, such as shower, bath, and wash basin areas, the best Bathroom tile sealer is Tileguard Tile and Grout Sealer. It is a clear penetrating solution that waterproofs tiles and grout without a slippery ﬁlm coating and is specially formulated to maximise water resistance to reduce the growth of mould and mildew.
Bondall Tileguard now has 3 products available as tile sealer sprays. Granite & Marble Sealer, Porcelain & Ceramic Sealer, and Tile & Grout Sealer all now come in an easy to apply spray pack.
Granite & Marble Sealer, and Porcelain & Ceramic Sealer are now available in 750ml spray packs, making them much easier to apply than the larger tins and containers, especially in smaller and close knit areas.
The Tileguard Tile & Grout Sealer comes in a new 300g Aerosol Spray Can which will come in handy when applying around bathroom corners and in hard to get places.
Bondall’s Tileguard range comprises of many Tile Sealing Products. See below for the entire range.