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Tile drying time (after cleaning) before sealing

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by smp50, 4 Nov 2014.

  1. smp50

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    I have some of this stuff:
    http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Tile-Sealer-Satin-1L/p/166071

    Which I want to put onto quarry tiles. The tile adhesive and grout are months old and completely set by now.

    The instructions on the bottle ask me to clean the floor thoroughly first - which makes sense - but then to wait three days for it to dry before applying the sealer.

    That would be very awkward as I don't think I can realistically keep the floor fully clean for three days, as the kitchen is in use. Do you think that's really very important? If I were to clean the floor one evening would it not be dry enough to apply the sealer the next day? I wonder how sensitive the sealer is to some kind of trace residual moisture in the tiles.

    Thanks,
     
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  3. ree

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    That boat has sailed but you could do your best with what you have. Most tile and stone should be treated before laying, sometimes before, and once immediately after its down.

    It depends on what quarry tile you have - glazed or unglazed, does it require an impregnator?

    You will have to clean them ( what color is the grout?) and perhaps apply a cleaner/restorer. Then seal them.
    If the tile is stained then its another ball game.

    But, first, clean them.

    Cant say i've ever waited three days after cleaning tile ...
     
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