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Great Product--Totally Satisfied!!
on July 22, 2010
After having over 90% of my house tiled, I wanted to add protection and seal the grout. This was originally part of the contractors agreement that this be done, but after the installation they said it would cost an additional $800.00 (always get things in writing)! After doing some research, I found that this is not a terribly difficult thing to do yourself. I went to my local building store and they recommended the SurfaceGard Tile, Stone, and Grout Sealer. There are many brands that were cheaper, but none have the endorsements that SurfaceGard has received. Feedback included,"You can buy these cheaper brands, but I guarantee you will be back in three months to buy more to re-seal it again".
I have glazed tile, so I wanted only to seal the grout. I have a wife who spills everything, a dog who is getting up there in years, and a teenage daughter who... well a teenage daughter, that explains my dilemma. I purchased the sealer, a bottle with a small brush tip, and a set of knee pads (optional but recommended). Application of the sealer was easy, brush on a generous portion of sealer and move on. Make sure that the grout lines are clean and dry before applying. There was no odor that I noticed and the sealer dried in a couple of hours. I tried to do a second coat on high risk areas such as the bathroom and kitchen, but it just beaded up and did not penetrate. One coat is all you need, at least in my case. The biggest pain was moving the furniture around, so I recommend that you seal at least 48 hrs. after the installation, before you put everything back. Make sure the grout has cured.
I cannot describe the peace of mind that this product gives me. After a pretty hefty investment of tile and installation, you really want to protect this investment. Dirty mop water, coffee spills, dirt, and god knows what can discolor the grout and allow mold and mildew to grow. Replacing the grout is not something I want to worry about in the future. The protection, time, expense, and peace of mind made this a project well worth the effort.