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    Tub Surround Tile Grout Question

    I'm in the final stages of probably the most unsatisfying project I've ever worked on - re-grouting the tile surround in our old bathroom.

    The question: Should I seal the grout or not?

    I've heard pros and cons for both options.
    Thanks in advance for any input.

    Wes

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    I seal my grout. Keeps staining and mold to a minimum. Mold and mildew are a constant battle here. Not positive, but I think I heard once it helps slow down water from passing through the grout. YMMV.
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    seal it good, never worry about it again...
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    +1 on sealing. It's cheap and the hard part of that project is over. Don't go short on it now. I did the kitchen counters in my last house. The grout stayed blinding white with just spray cleaner and paper towels. Well worth the effort to seal.
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    Ok guys I have never heard of sealing grout. So what do you use. I mean the obvious is a sealer but what is it? Can you quote a brand or what the liquid is, how is it applied does it just wipe off the tiles?
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    Rob, can't think of the name right now but it's a penetrating sealer that I believe has silicone in it and a petroleum base... could be wrong. HD has it and it was about 35 bucks a quart. Goes along ways though.
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    It is a silicon sealant and all grout should be sealed and repeated every 6 months. it is simple as you spray it on the tile and grout and wipe it around with a sponge. It just stops water from penetrating the grout and all the ugly mold and mildew from forming in it. At leat that is what I was trained to do and have always done for years and never had a problem with my tile jobs.
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    Thanks guys. Sealer it is. Now all I need to do is wait for it to cure and go to town on the sealer.

    Thanks again!

    Wes

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