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Ten years ago, in the height of the real estate boom, flipping houses turned a hefty profit. Many flippers knew about the basics of construction and design. What they didn’t know was how important some of the details would be. Kitchen and bathrooms sell homes! That means, your biggest investment should be in the details found in your kitchen and bathrooms and tile typically claims a lot of real estate in these rooms. Let me share some tips on getting the most out of your tile:

1. Seal it.

You already know that tile needs grout. Grout is easy to find and comes in multiple colors to blend or contrast with your tile. Grout fills in the gaps between the tile to produce your pattern. It’s important to note that the grout is exposed to water, moisture and anything else that the tile is exposed to in your bathroom and kitchen (shampoo, dish soap, splashes, you get the idea). Most grout is not waterproof or stain, mold or mildew proof and therefore, it needs to be sealed. The one exception to this is epoxy grout. If you used epoxy grout, skip this tutorial! Home run! It’s more expensive than other types of grout but may save you time in the long run.

2. Sealing is relatively simple.

It may take some time, but you should be able to do it. There are several ways to apply the seal, but most are basic processes that you are probably already familiar with. You can brush or roll on the sealer, choose the one you are more comfortable with. The brush applicator may require a little more finesse and a second coat but is generally easy to apply and even easier to stay within the grout lines. Rollers tend to apply a more even coat and may be more precise in their application without going past the grout line. You can also spray on the sealer. I do not recommend this application for non-professionals because it is too easy to get overspray on your tiles. It takes a lot of time to clean up overspray, even if the spraying takes less time than brushing or rolling.

3. Know when to seal.

If you have finished your tiling and grouting, make sure you wait a minimum of two days, three is even better, to make sure the grout is dry, dry, dry. You cannot seal wet or damp grout. Be sure the grout is completely dry and smooth. Before you seal the grout, make sure you picked the right kind. Penetrating group sealers are water based and penetrate the grout. These types of sealers absorb into the porous grout and are great for bathrooms. Membrane-forming grout sealers do what they say – they create a membrane over the grout. These sealers are great for kitchens. Grout sealers keep the grout stain free and provide a great moisture barrier that can last several years.  

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