How to seal grout

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Project Overview

Sealing grout helps to protect wet areas from water damage and prevents bacteria and mould from growing. It’s a simple but important process to do and will even improve the longevity of your tiles. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the tiles
2 Tape the horizontal tiles
3 Apply the grout sealer
4 Remove the masking tape
5 wipe off excess grout
6 Tape and seal vertical lines
7 Let the sealed grout dry
  • Step 1. Clean the tiles

    If you’re sealing new grout, you should leave your tiles for 72 hours until they’ve properly cured. If you’re sealing old grout, you’ll need to clean the tiles and let them dry. Use dishwashing liquid, water and a sponge to clean any dust, dirt, grease and adhesive. Also ensure all of the grout is sound and secure and there are no cracks or bits missing.
  • Step 2. Tape the horizontal tiles

    To protect the tiles, apply masking tape horizontally to each side of the grout seams. This will ensure that the sealant will have straight edges when you’re finished. You should also tape off any materials or surfaces nearby to protect them. If you’re sealing around smaller tiles, clean up with detergent and a cloth as you apply the grout sealer instead.
  • Step 3. Apply the grout sealer

    Shake the grout sealer bottle well. Then with your safety gear on, use the foam brush to apply the sealer along the grout. Do it in thin coats to allow it to penetrate. You should apply two coats of sealer, allowing 30 minutes to 1 hour between each coat.
  • Step 4. Remove the masking tape

    Once the second coat is dry, remove the masking tape. Then polish the tiles with a dry cloth to remove any bits of sealant that you may have missed.
  • Step 5. wipe off excess grout

    Use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe off any excess grout sealer from the tiles before it cures.
  • Step 6. Tape and seal vertical lines

    Now you’ll need to repeat the previous steps for the vertical lines of grout. Tape them up carefully, apply the grout sealer, remove the tape and clean up as you go.
  • Step 7. Let the sealed grout dry

    You won’t be able to see what you’ve done, but sealing the grout will keep it clean and help keep bacteria and mould away. If you’ve sealed grout between floor tiles, allow 4–6 hours before walking on it, and a couple of days before it’s fully cured. If you’ve sealed tiles in the shower, it can be up to 72 hours before you can use the shower again. To test whether your grout is sealed, splash some water onto the sealed areas. If it’s properly sealed the water will puddle over the treated grout.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Small foam brush (if not included in grout sealer)

Materials

  • Cloth
  • Grout sealer
  • Masking tape
  • Mild detergent
  • Safety glasses
  • Sponge or scourer

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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