A tile shower can be a beautiful addition to any bathroom. One common question asked with regard to tiling a shower is “should I seal the tile?” First, a distinction needs to be made between tile and grout.
Grout is the mixture used to fill in the gaps between the tiles. Grout needs to be sealed. Sealing it will make it easier to clean, protect it from mold and mildew, and keep it looking new. Since grout needs to set for about one day before sealing, most installers don’t seal the grout- it’s something you might have to do yourself. Grout should generally be re-sealed every few years. Failure to seal the grout will result in water leaking behind the tiles, which can cause mold problems and then you might end up having to re-tile the whole shower.
Sealing the tile is usually optional, and depends on the kind of … Read More