Tile is a very popular flooring material for custom bathtubs and shower basins. It is very durable and waterproof, but it does require a little bit of maintenance. It is very important that you understand the maintenance that is required if you own a tile bathtub. The moisture in a regularly used bathtub can wreak havoc on the surface if it is not properly sealed. This article explains why and how you need to reseal your tile bathtub. It is a simple process, the one that you will need to repeat several times over the lifetime of your bathroom, so it is important to understand.
Cleaning and Prepping the Tile
The first step is to clean and prepare your tile to be sealed. You obviously want to vacuum up all the dirt and dust on the floor of the tub, but you also need to make sure there is no mold or soap scum in the grout. This most likely to be a problem in the corners and around the drain. You also need to clean the vertical walls, even though are usually not as dirty as the floor of the tub. The sealant will basically protect whatever it covers, so you don't want to seal over the mall and keep the discoloration in the grout from mold. This means you need to do a little bit of scrubbing with heavy duty cleaners and scrub brushes to make sure you get your grout clean before sealing it.
Applying the Sealant
When you apply sealant, you're actually sealing the grout and the tile. So, they key is to spread it all over the surface. It comes premixed in a bottle, so you can just pour it straight onto the floor. Then, use a rag to spread the sealant all over the floors and up the walls. Once you have complete coverage, you should let the sealant soak in for a few minutes. The bottle should say exactly how long you should let the sealant sit on the floor before wiping it up. Use a tile sponge to soak up the rest of the moisture. Then, let the floor dry for a few hours before applying another coat. It is always a good idea to apply 2 or 3 full coats.
This is a very simple task that will render your bathtub off limits for about a day or two. By regularly sealing your tile, you can ensure that your bathtub is waterproof and mold free.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Affordable Bathtub Repair.