March 29, 2014
Learning More About Home Maintenance – Grout Sealers
You probably aren’t aware of how many different tasks you have to do to make your home running smoothly. Things may look simple when you take a look at the surface, but if you scratch it a bit…oh boy! There are many little details every homeowner needs to take care of to make his home clean and functioning.
I realized that there are more and more things we need to take into account when cleaning and maintaining our home simply because there are too many options now. When you want to buy a certain tool or appliance, you have to go through a lot of rubbish and a lot of faulty or expensive models to find the one that’s perfect for you. I recently had to buy a grout sealer for my bathroom tiles and discovered I needed more time to do the research than to do the actual sealing!
Yes, and this was because you can’t mix the chemicals – your grout cleaner has to be compatible with your grout sealer. So you got to read the labels. But since I didn’t want to go to Home Depot and read one label after another, I did a few searches online. I found several good guides on sealer options and discovered there are 3 different types of grout sealers: coatings, penetrating and color sealers. Each of these had their advantages and disadvantages and could work with specific cleaners only. Some could repel oil, others couldn’t. Some penetrated the surface, others did not. And so on.
I read the whole thing and figured out what I needed. Only then did I go to Home Depot and got the goods. I finished working with it in a couple of hours only and it was a piece of cake. I don’t know, maybe I am more a doer than a reader. Once I knew exactly what I need and what will make my bathroom tiles look good, I got down to business. I’ll tell you that bathroom flooring is the easiest surface to clean and maintain. It hardly gets any dust, while hardwood flooring has a lot of it, water won’t hurt the tiles and even if there is some dirt and grime, it is not as noticeable as it is with laminate or vinyl for example.
In the end, there’s a lot of things we, homeowners, need to know about to keep our home looking great and operating at optimum. It’s a tough job, but, it brings a lot of satisfaction!