Reseal Grout

Grout, being porous, can quickly collect liquids, bacteria, and debris if not properly sealed and cleaned. Re-sealing grout can extend the life and appearance as grout can stain very easily. To check if you need to reseal your grout, drop a few small drops on to your grout -- if it puddles, you're good (and you can skip this action for now). If it the grout absorbs it, it's time to reseal.

In the bathroom and areas where the tile gets wet use penetrating grout sealers. They use a water base that penetrates the grout.

In the kitchen and other surfaces that don't have standing water often, use a membrane forming grout sealer.

To apply grout sealer, first, tape any cabinets or baseboards to avoid staining them. Use a foam paint brush or small paint roller and apply the sealer. Avoid getting the sealer on the tiles. If you do use a rag and wipe it off quickly as once the sealer dries you'll be left with a foggy film that's almost impossible to remove.

After the first coat, wait about 10-15 minutes, allowing the sealer to soak in (some products may need longer). Apply a second coat and then let it dry. For bathrooms and showers wait 24-48 hours to use it, the rest of the house the sealer should be good after about 3-4 hours.

To extend the life of the seal, avoid/or minimize the use of harsh cleaners throughout the year.

What You'll Need
Miracle Sealants 511QT6 511 Impregnator Penetrating Sealers
$26.00 511 Impregnator is the original penetrating sealer designed for the protection of all medium to dense porous surfaces. 511 Impregnator forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. 511 Impregnator is not a surface coating and will not alter the natural look. All surfaces treated are harder and less slippery.
Aqua Mix Sealer's Choice Gold Quart
$37.00 Meant for kitchens and food prep areas. Aqua Mix Sealer's Choice Gold is a no-sheen, natural look, penetrating sealer. Ideal for granite, limestone, marble, slate, travertine, porcelain, saltillo, cement, and masonry. Provides stain protection and maintains the look of natural stone and porous tile.