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Old 01-31-2017, 09:08 PM
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Sealing tile backsplash, yes or no?

Contractor is telling me this is not needed but I think it seems pretty standard. Looking online you see a lot of people saying that is normal, some are not. For those in the know, what do you say?
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:43 PM
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Pm Hammer, he does good tile work. He will know

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Old 01-31-2017, 09:52 PM
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seal it for sure
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:57 PM
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They do make self sealing grout

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Old 01-31-2017, 11:10 PM
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Not necessary IMO. But it doesn't hurt. I had an unsealed backsplash for years in my first house and it looked as good the day I smashed it out with a sledgehammer as the day I installed it.

If you are washing your boat on the countertop, it may be a good precaution. And yes, we cooked and entertained as much as anyone. More probably. And there are a few here that can verify that.

And modern grout lines are much less than years ago.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:03 AM
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I highly recommend using epoxy grout. It is tougher to clean up, but it is extremely stain resistant and no need to seal it.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:12 AM
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If the backsplash is behind your sink or cook top I would say yes, seal it. If not, no.

I put a tile backsplash in a couple of years ago, tiny tiles on 12x12 sheets. One of these days I'll get around to grouting it. Only thing that's gotten splashed on it was some stuff out of the wife's mixer.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:16 AM
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question is, what is your tile material, natural stone or ceramic/glass? what is the grout material
natural stone needs to be sealed.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:26 AM
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What color is your tile/grout? The tile should be fine, but if you used a lighter colored grout I'd say seal it. If it's a darker colored grout then you're probably fine not sealing.

My last house I did a darker slate-look tile and a dark brown grout so I didn't worry about sealing it. This next house the wife wants white subway tile, not sure on grout color but I could very well be in the same boat you're in.
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:43 AM
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its so simple to do why not do it...its not a shower, but it'll make maintenance non-existent in a backsplash
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