Color Sealing your grout… is it all it’s cracked up to be?

It seems as though you are hearing it everywhere these days: Color seal your grout!

But is this merely the newest fad or is there genuine value in having this done? The answer is, it depends. The truth is, whenperformed by a quality contractor using a quality product there is a lot of value and in many circumstances the absolute best option without question. The problem is some are touting this service yet doing nothing more than ‘painting grout’ with what amounts to house paint.

Color sealing your grout may be a recent innovation, but it is certainly not just a fad. Quality color sealers repel oil and water-based liquids, which will prevent food and beverage stains. In addition, they contain constant acting mildewcides and other agents that inhibit the growth of bacteria and mildew. This not only offers health benefits by making your floors more sanitary, but can reduce or eliminate the funky smells you often find with older floors that have had a long time to absorb a variety of odiferous liquids. Color sealed floors are consequently easier to maintain.

There are aesthetic reasons for choosing color sealing as well. When you have areas where only some of the grout needs to be replaced, it is virtually impossible to match the color of the new grout to the older grout that is still intact. Even if you use the identical product and color, aging and wear has already altered the look of your previously installed grout and the difference is usually noticeable. Color sealing, however, will provide a consistent look across the board, making all of your grout look new again. And not just new —color sealing can completely change your grout to virtually any color you choose. The benefit of this is obvious. Are you considering new decor, an updated, fresher look or more contemporary colors? Your existing grout doesn’t need to hold you back or limit your choices. Color sealing is a way to harmonize with and complement remodeling without the expense of regrouting. With color sealing, you can even change from a dark shade to a lighter one.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it is, but there are a couple of caveats that you need to be aware of. First of all, this is not recommended as a do-it-yourself project! Proper application that ensures complete protection over the entire surface of your floor is an art that requires training and practice to master. It is difficult to do correctly on the first attempt. Secondly, professionals not only have the training, experience and tools to do the job, they have access to a wide variety of professional sealers and so are better equipped to select the one that is right for your circumstances. Finally, not all grout color sealing services are the same. The quality of the product that is used is critical! Some companies —even some that may surprise you —are using products that are tantamount to house paint. It may look great right after they finish, but within a short time, the paint peels. Not only that, but this type of product does not have the properties of a proper color sealer, such as the constant acting mildewcides or true stain prevention. Be sure to do your due diligence, and don’t hesitate to thoroughly question your prospective provider.

The Color Seal Process

Color sealer can be applied to the grout lines of interior and exterior ceramic and porcelain tile installations. The grout lines of natural stone tiles can be color sealed as well, provided that the stone itself has already been protectively sealed.

The 4 basic steps of color sealing job are as follows:

  1. The floor is professionally cleaned, neutralized, and allowed to dry completely.
  2. The color sealer is professionally applied and allowed to penetrate into the grout.
  3. Any any excess sealer is removed and the floor’s surface is allowed to dry again.
  4. Lastly, the entire floor is cleaned and buffed to remove any residual haze. While the grout is not ready for regular use until at least thirty minutes after application, it can be walked on immediately.

Sometimes, grout color sealing is the optimal solution. Consider this example:

“We were called to clean the tile floors at an elementary school where many children, in addition to tracking bits of the playground and other grime across the floors in all weather, had also drawn on the floors (and consequently the grout lines) with pencils, crayons, pens and so on. No matter how clean we got the tile, the grout, being much more porous, hung on to the various staining agents and continued to look dirty in spite of our best efforts. Grout color sealing to the rescue! By color sealing the grout, we not only did away with the stains and made the floors look like new, we also prevented future staining, reducing their cost of regular maintenance for years to come.”

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Testimonials

JMC did an outstanding job sealing the grout for the floor tiles and shower tiles. JMC also sealed the granite counter tops. The price was competitive and reasonable. The owner, Justin, personally performed the work. The good experience started with him showing up at the scheduled time. He was diligently focused on performing a good job. He applied several coats of sealer to the granite tops to insure a quality job. He spent hours sealing the grout for over 2,000 sq ft of floor tile. His enthusiasm and attention to quality never waivered. I highly recommend using their services.

Steve Temecula CA

Justin helped my husband and I repair a large crack in our granite slab. He not only repaired the crack but resealed all of our other countertops too. His price was very competitive and he kept his word on when he was available and showed up on time. What more could you have asked for! Thank you Justin!!

Misty Temecula CA

Justin did an amazing job color enhancing and sealing our slate floors. I called and met with several tile cleaning companies, but chose Justin because I felt he was the most honest, knowledgeable, and experienced. He took the time to explain different options and even showed me a small area before he continued with the entire floor. He spent hours prepping, cleaning, enhancing, and sealing our slate. His work paid off...our floors are finally gorgeous! He changed our dull, chalky looking slate by giving it a brilliant luster that enhances our home. I could not be more thrilled with the results. Bottom line, Justin did exactly what he said he would at the cost we agreed to and even changed his personal schedule to accommodate my schedule. He went above and beyond. In a time when I feel it is difficult to find good, honest, hardworking people to hire, Justin at JMC Tile and Grout has changed my mind. Thank you Justin!

Laura Temecula CA

Justin is very professional. He has done 2 separate marble polishing jobs for us and each time we have been very pleased. He is very thorough and careful, doing a great prep job to prevent any damage. His prices are very fair. So glad we found Justin. There are very few marble and stone care professionals in this area. Highly recommend Justin!

Diane Murrieta CA

Justin came in and cleaned and resealed the grout on our floors. He was a very professional and easy person to talk to. He was also very helpful with other things around the house. Great guy and great job. Well done!!! Thank you!!!

Helene Temecula CA

Justin did an excellent job of repairing a large crack in our kitchen granite. It was quite deep and covered a large area. Needless to say it was very noticeable and would have caused us to replace an entire slab of granite if we had not had it repaired. He spent almost an entire morning in the restoration. He was meticulous in his work, was able to match the color of the granite and it looks 100% better. In addition he resealed and polished all the rest of our granite countertops. We certainly would recommend him. He was professional, very neat and thorough. He arrived exactly on time, even though he had to drive an hour to reach us. He will certainly be someone we contact again if we need any more restoration or maintenance on our granite. We were delighted with his work. Cyndi M. Coronado

Cyndi Coronado CA

Justin is the man. My wife and I recently moved into our new home in Lake Elsinore, we thought that we would seal the grout on our floors and shower by ourselves. After realizing the size and scope of the grout sealing project we decided to contact an expert to get an estimate. I had read online that most tile companies charge about $1.00 per square foot so I had an idea how much the estimate would be. Justin came out the same day and gave my wife the estimate. Since we did not have any furniture in the house yet we asked if he could start the same day. It was already 2pm at that point and Justin was not sure if he had enough sealer with him to do the whole job. He agreed to start sealing the grout near the walls where the heavy furniture would be placed and come back later to finish the job another day. After he started sealing our grout he found more sealer in his work van and decided that he would just power through and finish the job for us the same day! We were thrilled with the entire experience. Justin is truly a tile and stone professional. When he was finished sealing the grout he also sealed our new granite counter tops. All I can say is, if we ever have a tile or stone job in the future, Justin is "our guy." Great service with top quality products and fair pricing, what more could you ask for? Also, at no point during the job did he attempt to up-sell us anything, as a matter of fact, he tried to lower his price once the job was finished but we wouldn't hear of it. We agreed to a set price and that is what he deserved. Thanks Justin, you saved us a lot of time and energy. I can sleep better at night knowing that our expensive new flooring is protected for many years to come. I would highly recommend JMC Stone & Tile to friends and family.

Lake Elsinore CA

Justin thank you so much for the wonderful job you did restoring my marble floor. Very professional and I will recommend your service to all our friends. Thank you Elizabeth, Riverside County

Elizabeth , Riverside County

Thank you Justin at JMC Stone and Tile Care. He re colored our grout with color seal and it looks amazing. His attention to detail to customer service is top notch and I have no problem referring your services. If your in Temecula CA JMC Stone and Tile Care is my recommendation for all your tile, stone, and color sealing needs. Thank you so much

Cathi Cameron, Temecula CA

We are so happy with the service from Justin at JMC stone and tile care. He re colored are old nasty stained grout on our countertops with color seal. The grout looks brand new he will be referred to all our friends in Murrieta CA.

Julie Johnson Murrieta CA

Justin (JMC Stone and Tile Care) cleaned the tile and grout of my floors in April 2013. On the day he was at my home to provide a quote and also on the day of service, Justin was prompt, courteous and professional. Once involved in the job and realizing that part of my floors was not as badly in need of cleaning as the rest of the tile, he reduced the cost of the service. I very much appreciated his fairness and integrity! Not only did my floors looks sparkling clean when he was done, but I also knew much more about how to keep my floors clean on my own. He was quick to share secrets of his trade! I recommend Justin’s service without reservation. His service is unparalleled, and he is a friendly and honest professional! Gail Miller Temecula CA

Gail Miller Temecula CA

Justin, I would like to thank you again for the excellent job you did repairing and retiling our marble tile table. I would definitely use your services again and recommend you to anyone needing stone or tile work done in Murrieta CA. Thank you, Heather Lumsden

Heather Lumsden Murrieta CA

We have been very pleased with the service that Justin has given us. The overall quality of his work was excellent. In one small area we had a slightly rough feel to the sealant he had applied to our granite countertops. Justin returned on the very day that we called him and quickly repaired it. This is a very courteous, professional, and above all, competent service in Murrieta CA. Thanks so much John Welniak

John Welniak. Murrieta CA

February 14, 2013 Justin We are absolutely thrilled with our new floor!!!! Yes, I say new floor because that is the way the whole house looks! It looks like brand new tile. Justin, you did a fabulous job! Thank You, Judy Nitti

Judy Nitti Temecula CA

I accidentally spilled some cleaner on our marble vanity and made those awful etch marks. I called Justin at JMC Stone and Tile Care and he assured me that I didn't ruin my bathroom vanity. Thanks so much for removing those etch marks, we will definitely refer you to anyone in Wildomar CA.

J. Escarsega, Wildomar CA

I would like to thank Justin of JMC Stone and Tile care for bringing back the beautiful shine to our granite countertops. Very professsional and courteous and on time. It's hard to find all those qualities in one place. Thanks Justin again and we are clients for life and we will definitely refer you to anyone in Oeanside Ca.

Lacey Linek, Oceanside CA

We had a last minute emergency and we had a surprise visit from an important client. We called a few tile and stone companies and not one would help us. We called JMC Stone and Tile Care and Justin rescued us. He was very professional and accommodating to our last minute request to have the tile cleaned. For that we can't thank you enough and will refer you to anyone in Carlsbad CA.

Kyle Batsford, Palomar Reprographics, Carlsbad CA
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