Home ownership comes with a lot of responsibility including maintenance. Keeping your house in tip-top shape not only preserves the appearance of your home, but also helps secure its value. After all, owning a home is probably the biggest investment you have ever made and you don't want to see your hard earned money literally go down the drain!
Yesterday I spent the majority of the afternoon sealing the grout in our master bathroom. It wasn't hard, but I will admit it was tedious. Why did I feel the need to "waste" my day on something so boring? Below are the reasons why it is important to seal your grout:
· Protects against moisture and seals out water
· Forms a physical barrier to resist mildew stains
· Keeps the color of your grout in its original state
So, how can you go about a project such as this? Below are the steps needed to sealing grout:
· Grout Cleaner (I used Tile Guard)
· Large sponge
·Paint brush ( I experimented with several different ways to apply the cleaner. I had purchased a grout bottle that comes with a little applicator but after about 5 minutes I realized it was not as easy as promised. Then I tried using a Q-Tip. This was great to get into the little crevices but they fell apart easily. I then turned to a paint brush and this turned out to be the easiest application tool.)
· Clean your bathroom. Vacuum the bathroom to get up any hair and debris. Then, wash the tile with soapy, warm water, paying particular attention to the grout lines. Do a quick rinse with clean water and let the tile dry overnight.
· Apply the cleaner in sections. Dip your paint brush into the cleaner and then apply it to the grout. Be sure to apply to small sections at a time.
· Let dry. Let the grout dry for roughly 5 minutes.
· Wipe. Take a dry sponge and wipe off the section you just applied. Move on to another section.
· Let dry for 24 hours.
That's it. You are done! The directions indicate 1-3 applications are necessary and what you choose is up to your discretion. I applied one coat to the floor and two coats to the shower since it gets the most use and is exposed to a lot of water and soap.
Remember - small investments of time in maintaining your home will give you big rewards in the long run!