Tile Sealer for Ceramic TileCoverTec Tech
The reasons we here at CoverTec, get asked about a ceramic or porcelain tile sealer, normally center around appearance, sanitation and improved slip resistance. For example you have a tile that is supplied in matte finish and what you really want is for high gloss wet look. Alternatively your floor is too slippery and you want to make safer.
Perhaps it is old ceramic tile that has began to get a worn out and faded in its appearance and you want to rejuvenate and bring back the luster of the tile. If the ceramic tile is in your business, maybe the rest rooms or reception areas, where first impressions count, then dirt and grime build up in the grout joints can be especially unappealing and unsanitary.
You could replace all the tile, but that can be very expensive.
If your interested in cost savings then, you might want to consider sealing your tile floor with a long lasting clear gloss sealer that will rejuvenate and protect the floor.
A new coat of clear tile sealer can give your tile and grout a whole new look, for a much lower price tag than replacing the whole tile floor.
GlazeGuard Sealer For Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Is Clear Epoxy an option?
Epoxy products are very tough and chemical resistance and can be available in high gloss. However epoxies will yellow in sunlight or UV light source. So around widows doorway under strip lights any light source your clear epoxy is going to yellow. This could happen in a matter of days or months even if the product contains UV inhibitors. Eventually its going to yellow.
Is Acrylic an option?
The nice thing about acrylic is that the are easy to apply relatively inexpensive and UV resistant. So they can be used inside or outside in direct sunlight. However adhesion to ceramic tile is an issue. Whilst is is possible to effectively seal the gout with an acrylic sealer its is very difficult to get a long lasting bond to a hard ceramic or porcelain tile surface.
A polyurethane clear tile sealer is especially well suited for such areas as entryways, bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and other areas where high traffic and exposure to water and dirt might make other materials less practical. Polyurethanes are tough, durable very UV resistant so will not yellow even in direct sunlight. Other key benefits include chemical resistant, highly water and stain resistant and they can be supplied in matte, satin and high gloss finish. It is important to make sure the polyurethane tile sealer is formulated to bond to ceramic tile. Products are available with adhesion promoters for that purpose.
Proper preparation is critical to ensure an adequate bond. The ceramic and grout must be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate cleaner. For cleaning and restoring old ceramic, porcelain tile and grout to like new condition, we recommend using an alkaline cleaner formulated for ceramic and porcelain tile. This will cut through tough grease, soap scum and soil stains. For shower stalls and outside applications we recommend you use an acid based cleaner to lightly etch the surface and ensure greater adhesion in wet wet conditions. This can also remove tough, hard water deposits, grout haze and efflorescence.
New Tile Sealer System for Ceramic Tile
Specially formulated polyurethane coatings offer a very cost effective opportunity to renovate existing ceramic tile and grout rather than opt for replacement. Cost savings can be realized when you don’t have to replace tile but also generate like new appearance by coloring the grout and sealing the tile an grout with a tough clear sealer that last for years.