What’s the Differences Between Clear and Color Sealers


Q – Why should I seal my grout?

A – Grout is porous and this causes it to absorb water, oils, soils and food. Who would want the lingering odor of barbecue pork ribs hanging around on their floors for weeks, let alone looking like a Salvador Dali painting as it starts to spread out and grow? The presence of these organic contaminates ultimately leads to the growth of mold and mildew, living organisms important on earth, but certainly not in your house. Grout Sealers help to prevent the absorption of organic compounds into the grout line. Keeping your floors clean can save a lot of money in the long run.

Q – Will the sealer keep my grout from getting dirty?

A – No, it will not. The purpose of the sealer is to protect the grout from staining in order to allow the grout to be cleaned in the future, as normal wear of the surface causes it to become dirty again. Without the sealer your grout will suffer stubborn staining, even with normal traffic. And then it could be impossible to get it looking right, or smelling right, ever again without the help of a professional trained grout and tile cleaner with high tech equipment such as Acadiana Turbo Clean.

Q – Do I have to use special cleaners on my sealed grout?

A – Yes. It is recommended that you use a Neutral Cleaner. Caustic bathroom and kitchen chemicals, which may be high in alkaline or acid, may strip the dirt but they will also take off the sealer, which is counter-productive. Also, these can cause reactions in chemically sensitive people, and possibly even peel the skin off your fingers or knock you out with their fumes.

Q – How long do grout sealers last?

A – Manufacturers tell us anywhere from three to twenty years. This would be under perfect conditions — not representative of most floors or walls. You have to walk all over your floors, after all. Everything on your shoes or feet or that you drop, or what your pets bring in, ends up on the floor. The life of the grout will vary depending upon wear, maintenance practices and the effects of the cleaners being used. The Ceramic Tile Council of America recommends sealing your floors once a year, as tiles breathe, thereby opening microscopic fissures in the grout.

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Q – Will the color seal keep my grout from getting dirty?

A – Most definitely! The color restoration sealer provides a water-tight, stain resistant durable layer of protection. And with its fungicides, bactericides and mildicides (mildew killers) built right in, it insures sanitation for many years.

Q – Do I have to use special cleaners on my color stained grout?

A – Yes, it is recommended to use a Neutral Cleaner. Caustic bathroom and kitchen chemicals, which may be high in alkaline or acid, will not only strip the dirt but also the sealer.

Q – How long does color stain last?

A – When maintained properly and depending on the traffic and wear, color stain and sealer can last up to ten years. Be good to your floors and they’ll be good to you.

Q – Is it expensive?

A – It is more expensive than conventional sealers due to product cost and the labor involved in its application. But, if you consider its ease of maintenance and durability, it is a better value over clear sealers. Also, it is far less expensive than re-grouting.

Q – Do you offer a warranty?

A – Yes. We guarantee our Color Restoration Sealer for one year. For every year that you have us back for a Maintenance Cleaning, we will add another year to the warranty.

Q – How is it different from a Clear Penetrating Sealer?

A – A Clear Sealer sits just below the surface of the grout, preventing staining, but is not very effective for preventing soiling. Color Sealer not only penetrates the grout, but also coats it, providing superior protection against both staining and soiling, while retaining the texture and appearance or your grout.

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