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post #1 of Old 10-11-2011, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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must I reseal grout after every cleaning?

I am going to start a new job as a cleaner for a vet clinic and they have tile floors and grout. I am just learning about acidic cleaners and such and have some questions. If I clean the grout with anything, do I have to reseal it? Also, what are some cheaper alternatives to cleaning grout and tile with good results that aren't too terribly time consuming? I was considering cleaning the tile with powdered oxygen bleach but it sounds like I could only use this stuff like once a month or something. How much should I clean with the powdered oxygen bleach and what should I use to clean the floors inbetween the big tile cleanings? Any tips on cleaning would be great! I want to clean the floors, baseboards, tile floors and grout. What would be the best products to use on any of this?
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post #2 of Old 10-30-2011, 10:37 AM
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I had the same question so I called my local cleaning company, Sun Coast, and asked them. They said if you are doing a simple wipe down cleaning resealing isn't necessary but if are cleaning with a scrub brush or abrasive pad then you may want to reseal the grout just so you eliminate gaps which can cause molding.

I personally used Dupont's grout sealer and it worked great! Hope this helps!


Here is Sun Coast's website if you need any other DIY tips www.suncoastclean.com
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If the grout was not sealed to begin with only seal the grout if it comes perfectly clean other wise you will seal in the dirt.

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If you clean with an acid side cleaner, it is necessary to re seal the grout, if you clean with an alkaline cleaner it shouldn't be necessary.
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Most clear grout sealers only last about 9 months to a year. Pretty much any high pressure cleaning or mechanical agitation is going to remove the remaining sealer, acid or alkaline alike. If it comes sufficiently clean after tile and grout cleaning, leave it to the customer to decide on sealing or not and charge accordingly. I always push for at least a clear grout sealer, as cementitious grout becomes more and more porous after years of traffic, chemicals and cleaning. It needs at least some protection from rapid resoiling and staining IMO.
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Most clear grout sealers only last about 9 months to a year. Pretty much any high pressure cleaning or mechanical agitation is going to remove the remaining sealer, acid or alkaline alike. If it comes sufficiently clean after tile and grout cleaning, leave it to the customer to decide on sealing or not and charge accordingly. I always push for at least a clear grout sealer, as cementitious grout becomes more and more porous after years of traffic, chemicals and cleaning. It needs at least some protection from rapid resoiling and staining IMO.
well said. Plus, it's just way too much if you reseal all the time but I get where the OP is coming from. Quite a lot of clients ask the same thing so I just tell them that it isn't always necessary.

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