Is there a difference between a clear sealer and a colour sealer?

Clear sealing

Has your tile installer ever said, "Don't worry about sealing your grout with a clear sealer. The sealer will typically last for about twenty washes and then your seal fades away. It's a waste of time and money."? We hear this so often there must be some truth to this statement.

When you use a clear sealer, what you see is what you get. If your grout has dark areas and then light areas, you will still have the colour variation in your grout when you use a clear sealer.

If you want your grout to actually be "Stain Proof", you will need to have your grout color sealed.

Clear sealers offer protection without changing the original color, texture, feel or appearance of the surface. If you have deep set stains they will be visible with a clear sealer - a colour sealer will hide this blemish.

Colour Sealing

There are many benefits to applying our colour sealer:

  • Colour sealers offer stain resistance. "Spills happen, stains won't"
  • Grout colour bonus! You love the tile but you wish you could alter the grout's colour? Why not change your grout colour! 100's of colours to select from.
  • Has the grout colour always looked "off" or you didn't like the colour? We can introduce you to many options to correct your floors appearance.
  • Are you doing a renovation and have a limited budget? Save money on your tile floor for added money to your renovation budget.
  • Has your grout been bothering you because of dirt, grime or age? We can rejuvenate your grout with in a day with no smell, no dust, no mess.
  • What happens when I use a clear sealer? A clear sealer does not alter the grouts appearance. If you have dark staining, or if the colour is washed out or incorrect, a clear sealer does not change the appearance of the grout. "What you see is what you get".

The difference is in the colour

With a clear sealer what you see is what you get.

  • If you don't like the colour, the colour will not change - change the colour of your grout with a colour seal.
  • If you have stains, the stains remain - the colour sealer is thick enough to cover stains.
  • If your grout has dark spots and light spots, they remain - colour sealers provide colour uniformity.
  • If your grout looks tired and aged, it will look the same with a clear seal. However, using a colour sealer can transform any old looking floor look like new again.
  • Clear sealers are not stain resistant - colour sealers are.

A colour seal transforms a floor from a stained tired looking floor to a "like new" floor. The colour seal will cost a few more dollars, but the dramatic appearance is worth the additional cost. No smell, no dust, no mess and most floors can be completed in one day.

Keep in mind that your grout can still get dirty, even if it is sealed with a quality grout sealer.