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ICAN/ATEX: Would you recommend sealing a new porcelain tile floor?

September 03, 2013
KEYWORDS grout / porcelain / restroom / seal / tile
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

Would you recommend sealing a new porcelain tile floor that is installed in the foyer area and also the public restrooms?

I worry about what the urine will do in the men's restroom.

Restroom are wet mopped each day with a neutral cleaner.

Seems like the grout will require more attention long term.

The building is a court house, so building usage is not too extreme each day.

Tuesday’s Answer:

The porcelain tile is not porous, so you can easily clean it.

The grout may have been sealed at the time of installation.

A penetrating seal would help avoid liquid absorption. If this was not done, you could do it in the limited area you are concerned with.

Any topical seal requires some maintenance, so if you don't need it (as on porcelain) don't apply it.

From your description ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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