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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Sealer versus finish

May 01, 2012
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is it wise to use sealer or finish on restroom floors?

The answer:

Sealing of cement based grout lines (not glazed tiles) with a penetrating or impregnating sealer is recommended to prevent the penetration of urine, moisture and soil into the porous material and subsequent bacterial growth, odor and discoloration. This assumes a good, non-slip ceramic tile is in place, as is most appropriate for rest rooms and ease of cleaning. If you are faced with resilient tile restroom floors... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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