Natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tile, and grout are durable surfaces. However, if not properly sealed, they are easily susceptible to staining. Natural stone can be very porous. Kiln fired ceramic and porcelain tile are nearly impervious to liquids. Tile grout, on the other hand, is also very porous. Sealing your new stone or tile job is always recommended. A good penetrating sealer will protect against staining and water damage. Sealing your tile grout and stone will also make cleaning easier.
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Keep your tile, grout, and stone looking great by following some simple precautions. Natural stone and grout are porous materials, susceptible to staining and water penetration. We recommend that all grout and stone jobs be sealed with the appropriate sealer. Unprotected, grout can be stained by daily use and spills.
Cleaning products with ammonia or bleach should never be used on grout or natural stone. You should read the product label to insure that it does not contain ammonia or bleach. Brand name products such as Tile-X can be used for every day cleaning. Professional cleaning and sealing products, such as DuPont™ StoneTech® , can be purchased at tile retailers. Some of these cleaners are for heavy duty cleaning, and may require dilution. You should read the product label for proper mixing.