Frequently Asked Questions
How do the products work? What do they do?
The sealers are impregnators that penetrate through tiles and grout to seal them in order to help prevent penetration by oil and water-based stains. They also help stop soiling. The impregnators are not coatings, so there is no film or membrane on the surface of the tiles or grout; therefore, the impregnators will not scratch, peel or flake off.
What product can I use to remove the wax off the porcelain tiles prior to sealing?
To remove wax the best product to use is the New and Improved Sure Clean Porcelain Cleaner which is designed to dissolve wax and grout residue from tiles.
What do I clean my brushes with?
If using the Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator or the Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain & Stone, clean your brushes with turps followed with warm, soapy water. If using the 24/7 Stone Impregnator, warm soapy water is all that is needed.
What coverage does the Seal-Guard® Gold Label sealer give you if I am sealing grout and tiles?
1 litre of Seal-Guard® can cover up to 40 square metres, depending on the method of application and the porosity of the tiles and grout.
Will your product change the look of my tiles, colour, and texture or give it a wet finish?
No. It dries invisible and will not change the appearance or texture of the tiles.
After the sealer has been put down what cleaning products can I use for everyday cleaning?
Use non-acidic cleaners or a light cleaner like dishwashing liquid or just plain water. Use a damp mop or cloth. There is no need to use harsh detergents, or cleaners containing chlorine or abrasive material.
What is the difference between the Seal-Guard® Gold Label and Porcelain sealer?
The Seal-Guard® Gold Label has a quicker drying time; the porcelain sealer has a slower drying time.
What is the best method for application?
You can apply the product with a lamb’s wool applicator, paint brush, roller, mop etc. Whatever suits you best!
Step-by-step instructions on how to use the product?
The surface you want to seal has to be thoroughly cleaned. If you are using porcelain sealer, apply the first coat. When dry, apply the second coat and buff before it dries. The first coat may take up to five hours to dry. If using Gold Label, apply one coat. Wait up to sixty minutes and apply the second coat. Buff the area before it dries. A lambs-wool applicator or buffing pad is best to use depending upon the size of the area.
What sealer can I use for an outdoor swimming pool? Will the chlorine affect the sealer?
Any of our products will do the job. However, for a swimming pool area, I would recommend you use the Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator or the 24/7 Stone Impregnator. Neither chlorine nor saltwater will affect the longevity of our products.
Can I seal just the grout lines in my shower? If over spray goes onto the tiles, will it be noticeable?
Yes, you can seal just the grout lines. We recommend using the Seal-Guard® Grout & Tile aerosol sealer (our quick drying product). As for the over spray, the sealer dries clear and will not be noticeable.
How long does the product last?
A lifetime on vertical surfaces. On floors, etc., it will last for years. However, on heavy walkway areas or heavily used areas such as shower recesses, the areas should be checked yearly and re-sealed if necessary.
What sealer is most suitable for porcelain tiles?
Take your pick! You can use Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator quick drying product, or the Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain, which is a slower-drying product. Both will do the job. Because Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain has a slower-drying time, you can see the product when you apply it and can work with it. The Gold Label is fast-drying. With either sealer, we recommend you apply two coats.
Is it better to seal ceramic tiles before or after grouting?
There are two different types of ceramic tiles-glazed and unglazed. Sealing of glazed ceramic tiles is not necessary as they are non-porous. The only thing that needs to be sealed in that case is the grout line which you would do after the tiles are laid. In the instance of non-glazed ceramic tiles, or any other type of tile or stone, you can use Seal-Guard® prior to grouting as a grout release and after grouting to complete the sealing process. A light spray on the tiles prior to grouting facilitates easier cleanup of grout and prevents grout stains on the tiles. After tiles are laid and grouting is finished, an additional application of Seal-Guard® should be done per can instructions on the tiles and grout lines.
Does the sealer affect paint?
Seal-Guard® Grout & Tile aerosol sealer will not affect paint, because it is such a fine spray and quick drying. If using liquid Seal-Guard® Gold Label product or Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain, it is best to cover up the painted areas prior to sealing. Clean off any overspray immediately with a damp sponge or cloth.
Why two coats?
Seal-Guard® products are invisible once they dry on the surface; therefore, we recommend application of two coats in case an area was missed when applying the first coat.
Can Seal-Guard® be applied over silicone?
Is Seal-Guard® a silicone-based product?
No! Seal-Guard® does not contain silicones. The Gold Label and Porcelain Impregnators are petroleum based products. We also have a water-based product called 24/7 Stone Impregnator.
Will Seal-Guard® fix a crack in my bathroom tiles?
No! Seal-Guard® will not seal the crack in the bathroom tile. Seal-Guard® does not act like filler, but it will seal fine line cracks.
I have ceramic tiles and would it be best to seal both the tiles and grout?
If they are glazed ceramic tiles, they are not porous and do not require sealing. If they are unglazed ceramic tiles, they do need to be sealed. In both cases, we recommend that you seal the grout lines between the tiles. Use either the Seal-Guard® Grout & Tile aerosol sealer or the Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator liquid. Any overspray to the surrounding glazed ceramic tiles is not a problem as Seal-Guard® dries invisible. It will also help keep the tiles cleaner for easier maintenance.
I have terracotta pots and I would like to know if your product can be applied inside the pots to minimize water absorption by the pots?
Yes! You can spray the inside of your terracotta pots to help minimize water absorption. Use the Seal-Guard® Grout & Tile aerosol sealer or the 24/7 Stone Impregnator applied with a brush.
My tiles and grout in my bathroom have been laid for about 3 years, can I still seal them?
Yes! You can still seal your tiles and grout in your bathroom. You will need to clean your bathroom to remove any soap scum or mildew that has already formed in your bathroom. If you are using a strong harsh cleaning agent we recommend that you rinse the area down with water thoroughly to remove any residue from the cleaning agent. Once this has been completed you can seal your bathroom with our Seal-Guard® Grout & Tile aerosol sealer, or use our Gold Label Impregnator (Liquid). To help remove soap scum, use our New Improved Sure Clean. If removing mold and mildew, use household bleach.
I have applied Seal-Guard® in my shower recess and now the silicon will not stick. What can I do?
Most silicones are water-based products. They are used as fillers to fill gaps. Because they are mainly water based, they will not stick to a surface treated with Seal-Guard® The best way to do it, is to apply the silicone product first, then apply Seal-Guard® sealants over the top. If you have already sealed the area with Seal-Guard®, you will have to remove the sealer from the surface of the area first, before you can apply the silicone. First, you flush the area with turps. Then you flush the area with plenty of water and agitate with a scrubbing brush. Clean with a rag. Apply the silicone product to the cleaned surface and once the area is dry, you can then re-seal with Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator aerosol or liquid.
Where is Seal-Guard® available?
Our products are available from hardware and tile stores. Call the distributor for names of specific stores in your area.
Can you use the quick dry grout & tile sealer on household furniture?
No! This is not recommended. You might try our Seal-Guard® Rug and Carpet Protector. Although specially formulated for heavy duty use on rugs and carpet, try a test area on an inconspicuous part of your fabric such as underneath the chair or lounge, etc. If it does not affect the texture or colour, it is safe to use. Overspray to wood or polished surfaces should be wiped clean with a wet sponge or rag. All our sealant products are resistant to UV light.
Will any Seal-Guard® product change the appearance of my tiles and grout?
No! All Seal-Guard® products are penetrating sealers that seal the pores in tile and stone surfaces. They do not leave a residue on the surface, or need to be wiped off which you find when using acrylic or silicone-based products. They will not change the feel, texture or colour of the treated surface as they dry invisible. Seal-Guard® products are also resistant to UV light.