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ICAN/ATEX: Should a new porcelain floor be sealed?

November 1, 2012

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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.

Restrooms are wet mopped each day with a neutral cleaner, but it seems like the grout will require more long-term attention.

The building is a courthouse, so daily usage is not too extreme.

porcelain floorThursday’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, and a ppenetrating 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  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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