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I appreciate the title is bit off topic but thought that the extensive knowledge base available here might be the best source for information on the topic. A friend recently moved into a new, for them, home with a remodeled master shower featuring very nice tile. As such he asked if I knew anything about the merits, or lack thereof of sealing the tile to make it easier to keep clean. One approach being considered is from a commercial firm, perma-treat.com. I have no experience in this area and so we would appreciate any comments on the process and/or the firm.

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what type of tile and is the grout sanded or unsanded???
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what type of tile and is the grout sanded or unsanded???
I'll need to check on those points. The tile is definitely not ceramic.

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I'll need to check on those points. The tile is definitely not ceramic.
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My son in law is a tile installer he would always recommend sealer on his jobs. I am not sure if that is justified in all cases. But it sounds like Stick may know the ins and outs and can guide you.
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My son in law is a tile installer he would always recommend sealer on his jobs. I am not sure if that is justified in all cases. But it sounds like Stick may know the ins and outs and can guide you.
thanks for the vote Roxanne...
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Years ago, we applied grout sealer that we got at a big box store to a backslash that was installed around around our kitchen and around a sink in the laundry room. No mater what got splashed on the tile it always just wiped off with a wet sponge. Whether it was tomato sauce or beet juice in the kitchen or grease, dirt or oil in the laundry it never left a stain. Unsealed grout can be difficult to keep clean. In our retirement home, which we moved into 3 years ago, we had a tile backslash installed that's marble. We had that sealed since both the marble and grout would stain. The prior owners told us that the bathroom tile was sealed when it was installed. With that said, I'm not familiar with the product that Jon mentioned.

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Barry brings up an excellent point; if the tile is ceramic (porcelain is ceramic, just harder) then really only the grout needs sealing. If the tile is Marble then it definitely also needs sealing.
Glaze is glass so the surface of ceramic tile is impervious. I can't imagine anyone using an unglazed tile in a shower...
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Thank you one and all for the information and comments.

@Stick486 The home owner has no information on either the tile type or the grout but offered the attached photo. The tiles are approx 18"x24". Based on an expansion of the photo the grout has a sandy appearance.
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I can't imagine anyone using an unglazed tile in a shower...
you don't get out much... ... eh...

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