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Recently had bathroom renovated. Contractor was very vague and often communicated inconsistently. First told me grout had to dry after 48 hours before sealing and would have to wait a week before using shower. We had a disagreement about his work and he sealed tile after 24 hours and now says we can use shower. He saying tile can be sealed after 12 hours even though bottle says 48. I am worried that when I start using the shower we are in for a host of problems. This renov was for an elder who Needs her shower back. Thank you for any thoughts.
 
Posts: 225 | Location: roswell, Georgia | Registered: Jan 19, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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At this point, I would just use the shower. Drying/curing times CAN vary a bit, depending on temperature and humidity levels. So often recommended times are worse case, not always, but often.

I can see no reason to continue to not use it. If you happen to use any acidic/harsh cleaners on the grout in the near future, then plan on resealing it again. Definitely a DIY job.
 
Posts: 9663 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I agree, go ahead and use it. You might consider another application of sealer in a few weeks or so too.

Sealer does NOT seal the grout like as if it was a varnish or similar product. Grout sealer has to be breathable so it doesn't peel off when moisture gets behind the tiles. It slows down the penetration of liquids and therefore makes cleaning easier.

Grout can be sealed when the bottle says it can, usually 2-3 days. Sealing the grout is not automatically part of the job. Often the homeowner wants to do that to save **$.

Hopefully he waterproofed the job right before any tiles were installed. Tile and grout is not what makes a shower waterproof.

Jaz


Tile 4 You LLc. Troy Michigan
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Posts: 328 | Location: Troy, MI | Registered: May 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Sealing the whole tile does have its drawbacks. For example, some kinds of sealers can darken or stain the tiles, altering the natural color. It is also extremely time consuming to seal the entire shower, rather than just the grout.
 
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Sealing the whole tile does have its drawbacks. For example, some kinds of sealers can darken or stain the tiles

Can you name one?

It is also extremely time consuming to seal the entire shower, rather than just the grout.

I think just the opposite is true.

Jaz

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Tile 4 You LLc. Troy Michigan
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