GlazeGuard Matte Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Sealer Flat Finish
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GlazeGuard® Natural, Matte Porcelain Tile Sealer – The Best Flat Finish for Ceramic Surfaces
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What Is GlazeGuard® Matte Finish Ceramic And Porcelain Tile Sealer?
GlazeGuard® Matte finish porcelain and ceramic tile sealer is a flat-looking, natural look sealer that’s been developed specifically to bond to ceramic and porcelain tile.
Do Matte Finish Ceramic And Porcelain Tiles Need To Be Sealed?
Porcelain tiles need to be sealed.
Three reasons why:
1) You start changes in the appearance of the tile, and want a bit more shine.
2) You want to keep both the tile and the grout cleaner, much easier.
3) You want to control or reduce potential floor slipperiness issues.
Why Is GlazeGuard® Matte Finish Ceramic And Porcelain Tile Better Than Other Brands?
GlazeGuard® Matte finish sealer has a lot of advantages over standard, store-bought sealers.
It’s developed specifically to bond to ceramic and porcelain tile. We have adhesion promoters that produce that result.
It’s two-part formulation builds cross-links to form a very dense, tough sealer coat across the tile on the floor.
And it’s got a higher solid content, a lot higher than most sellers out there. (GlazeGuard® Matte contains almost 50% polymer solids). This provides a longer lasting, much more durable seal.
Can GlazeGuard® Be Used On Polished Porcelain Tiles?
Many people ask us: Can we use GlazeGuard® Satin on polished porcelain tiles?
In general, these polished surfaces are very difficult to apply sealers to and make them look attractive.
We don’t recommend sealing polished porcelain, polished ceramic or polished stone tiles with ANY sealer… including GlazeGuard®.
GlazeGuard® Approved Surfaces:
- Vinyl (VCT)
- Interior Wood
Surfaces Not Recommended:
- Polished Porcelain
- Polished Ceramic
- Polished Stone Tile
- Exterior Wood.
GLAZEGUARD IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON POLISHED PORCELAIN, POLISHED CERAMIC TILE, OR POLISHED STONE.
What Components In GlazeGuard® Matte Finish Produce Better Results than Competing Brands?
GlazeGuard® Matte ceramic and porcelain tile sealer contains a tested, select combination of components designed to produce a very specific end result.
First of all, we use a unique combination of adhesion promoters.
Our special, proprietary chemical formulation produces a bond that is very dense on impermeable porcelain and ceramic surfaces.
Secondly, we’re using a two part polyurethane which is a very high quality polymer. It creates cross-links and results in a very tough seal on customers’ floors.
And thirdly, we using a high amount of that polymer. That higher urethane content that produces the long lasting seal GlazeGuard® Matte is famous for.
What Other Types Of Matte Finish Sealer Products Are Used By Contractors And Consumers?
There aren’t many sealers out there that will bond to ceramic and porcelain tile. You can’t use a standard floor sealer or wax to produce a matte finish.
The other type of product out there is a penetrating sealer that will give you a dull or a low sheen finish.
Again, this product does not absorb, or soak into, the surface and therefore will be worn off very quickly.
What Are ”Off-The-Shelf ” Matte Finish Sealer Products Lacking?
Customers always ask what’s missing from a competing sealers for ceiling ceramic and porcelain tile with a matte finish.
Our answer is: those competing products that you find in big box stores are typically designed for a surface that is an absorbent they need to soak into the surface.
They must penetrate the impermeable ceramic or porcelain tile to achieve the desired result. So penetrating sealers and standard flow sealers or wax won’t work on these types of surfaces.
Our GlazeGuard® Matte, with its adhesion promoters and specific design to bond to the surface, will put a tough barrier across the tile and the ground.
What Results Do ” Off-The-Shelf ” Matte Finish Sealers Produce?
The reasons store-bought floor sealers aren’t very good for ceramic and porcelain tile is that they lack – firstly – an adhesion promoter. Standard floor finishes and waxes are supposed to penetrate the surface. Store-bought sealers are based on the premise that they MUST soak in, or absorb into the surface. And you cannot do that with a ceramic or porcelain tile, which is very dense surface.
You need adhesion promoters that will bond to that type of surface, and put a durable film across the tile. GlazeGuard® Matte has a high polymer content, and store-bought products contain much less. This means that their durability is also a lot less.
Using less durable sealers, you must re-apply those products frequently, which will cost more money through re-application to a ceramic or porcelain tile. Compare that to GlazeGuard® Matte where you apply it once, and you won’t have to re-apply it for 3-5 years, depending on the severity of the foot traffic it experiences.
How Should You Apply A Matte Finish Sealer To Your Ceramic Or Porcelain Tile?
When applying GlazeGuard® Matte, you need to mix the products together in a separate container. Lightly mix it with a paint stir stick.
The product is applied using a good quality microfiber roller. Once the material is mixed, you have an hour and a half to use it.
You pour the mixture into a roller tray, and then you apply it just like you were painting the floor. You can use a brush, or a little a 4-inch roller, to cut in around the edges, making sure that the room or the area as well lit, so you don’t miss any areas.
Remember, you’re using a clear, natural look sealer, as opposed to a solid color. Make sure that you’ve got plenty of light to see where you’ve been with the roller, and where you haven’t.
Keep an eye on the product, and periodically stir it.
It’s a good practice to only mix what you can use in 60 – 90 minutes. Once it’s applied, GlazeGuard® Matte finish sealer will take about 10 to 12 hours to dry.
Is It Necessary To Do Any Pre-Grout Sealing When Using Matte Finish Sealer?
We don’t recommend that with our GlazeGuard® Matte. Simply apply the grout, then seal the entire tile surface at the same time. That’s our recommendation when you use our product.
When Cleaning Tiles With GlazeGuard® Matte Finish On It, What Should You Do?
With regard to cleaning ceramic and porcelain tiles, if you seal it with GlazeGuard® Matte finish, it will be much easier to clean.
Since you’re putting a clear sealer, or a barrier, across the tile and the grout, dirt does not stick to the floor surface.
You can use mild de-greasers, or mild determined detergents to do the job. You don’t have to use aggressive chemicals or high concentration products either.
The whole process of cleaning ceramic or porcelain tile is much easier after using GlazeGuard® Matte.
Can GlazeGuard® Matte Finish Be Used In Restoring Ceramic And Porcelain Tile?
If you’re trying to restore a porcelain or ceramic tile, and it was previously sealed with a wax a or flow Polish, here’s what to do.
1) Strip the wax or polish off the surface using a stripper like our FloorStrip HP.
2) If you need to get stains and other soils out of the tile, consider our CT 50 product, or something like it to clean and prep the surface
3) Then coat the tile with natural looking GlazeGuard® Matte, developed specifically for a ceramic and porcelain tile, and it will put a clear barrier across that tile and grout.
This will make it much easier to keep clean going forward.
- Easy Maintenance and Cleaning
- Protective Shield Across Tile & Grout
- Slip Resistant
- Maintains Low Glare Natural Finish
- UV stable, Non-Yellowing
- Chemical Resistant
- Zero Odor
- Excellent Abrasion Resistant
- Bathrooms/ Restrooms
- Kitchens and Dining Areas
- Lobby and Hallways
- Stairs and Entrances
- Tile and Grout Surface
- Floors and Walls
- Ceramic and Porcelain
- Stone and Concrete
- Interior and Exterior
12 months when stored at 77°F (25°C) or less in a dry and shaded area. Protect from freezing.
Approximately 500ft²/gallon (12.2 m2 /liter) depending on the size density and porosity of the grout joints.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will GlazeGuard work on my Ceramic or Porcelain tile?
Yes, GlazeGuard is a tough water based polyurethane sealer developed specifically to bond to ceramic and porcelain tile. Not many sealers can bond (long term) to ceramic or porcelain tile. However, GlazeGuard does! We use propriety adhesion promoters and the latest nano technology to enable GlazeGuard to do this.
How long will GlazeGuard last?
We have many customers using GlazeGuard to provide a clear protective surface to porcelain tile and grout. It will give the floor a long-lasting gloss, satin or matte appearance and make the tile and grout much easier to clean . GlazeGuard typically lasts 3 years in high traffic (commercial) applications and typically 5 years in a residential application. When it comes time to topcoat GlazeGuard, you just lightly sand the surface and clean off the dust then reapply a topcoat.
What comes in a kit of GlazeGuard?
The kit consists of an A side and B side bottle and a small Reducer bottle. A total of 3 bottles in a kit. Cleaning products and application equipment are not included.
How many square feet will a full kit cover?
The 1-gallon kit of Gloss or Satin finish will cover approximately 500 sq. ft (46 sq.m)
The 1-quart kit of Gloss or Satin will cover approximately 125 sq. ft (12 sq.m)
The 0.75-gallon kit of Matte finish will cover approximately 375 sq. ft (35 sq.m)
The 36 oz kit of Matte will cover approximately 140 sq. ft (13 sq.m)
Note that coverage depends on the texture of the surface and the size and porosity of the grout lines. Tile floors with wider grout lines will use more material per gallon.
How do you apply GlazeGuard?
Apply using a roller, in a similar manner to painting a floor. For best results use a high quality 3/8 nap microfiber non-shed roller. To cut in the edges and around corners use a 4” or 6” wide roller or brush. For large areas it is recommend that two people apply the product. One person cutting in the edges and corners and the other rolling out the main area. Make sure the room is well lit. This will help avoid missed spots when applying a clear sealer. GlazeGuard is a two-part material, so once mixed it has 60-minute working time (pot life). Only mix enough material that can be used in 60 minutes. Change out rollers after 60 minutes of use. Do not allow GlazeGuard sealer to puddle in the grout joints.
How many Coats of GlazeGuard do I need to apply?
A single coat is usually enough for GlazeGuard. If you need a second coat, then sand 1st coat to a dull finish using 220 grit paper. Clean up with rubbing alcohol and cloth to remove the dust. Allow to dry and apply GlazeGuard.
I want the wet look should I choose gloss or satin finish?
Both the gloss and the satin finish will give you a wet look. The gloss is a high gloss finish and the satin is a semigloss finish. Both will bring out the colors of tile. The Matte finish will leave the tile with a flat no sheen finish. Note that with all three finishes (Gloss, Matte and Satin) will darken the grout. To get an idea of how dark the grout line will become, just sprinkle some water on to your grout joint and observe how dark it turns. The GlazeGuard will produce a similar effect but the grout will stay that dark we it dries.
Should I seal the grout first?
No. Typical grout sealers are water repellant and not compatible with GlazeGuard. They will act as a bond breaker. GlazeGuard on its own will provide a clear protective surface to both the tile and grout. It will give the floor a long-lasting wet look appearance and make the tile and grout much easier to clean.
Can I color the grout first?
Yes, GlazeGuard is fully compatible with most grout colorant (acrylic and epoxy grout color). Follow grout colorant manufactures instruction regarding dry time. The grout colorant must be dry before sealing over with GlazeGuard.
How do you repair or recoat GlazeGuard?
GlazeGuard is a tough clear sealer and very hard wearing. It tends to keep its shine for a long time, but it can still be scratched. Especially if you drag sharp objects, heavy kitchen appliances or point loads like table legs or chair legs.
To spot repair or recoat entire area it is not necessary to strip the sealer, you just need to sand or scrub the surface clean so it can be top coated. Sand with 120 grit sandpaper or scrub with black pad and GlossClean neutral cleaner. Clean off the dust or residue and apply a topcoat. For more detailed instruction see GlazeGuard Maintenance instructions.
How do I Clean and Maintain GlazeGuard?
GlazeGuard when fully cured has a hard surface so dirt does not easily stick to it. You don’t need to use aggressive cleaners. A part of maintaining your floor is to use dust mop or “Swiffer” type microfiber mop to keep sand and dirt off the floor. After that to wash the floor you can use neutral clean or mild liquid detergents, light vinegar solutions, or light ammonia solutions. Stay away from solvents like Paint strippers, Acetone and Xylene. If you do have to use concentrated cleaners/degreasers. Dilute according to manufactures directions and clean up residue right away. For more information see GlazeGuard Maintenance instructions.
How long does GlazeGuard take to dry?
Light foot traffic is possible after 10-12 hours and heavy foot traffic is possible after 24 hours at 77deg F (25 deg C) and 50% humidity. Dry time is very dependent product thickness, temperature and humidity. The higher the temperature and humidity the faster it will dry. If the tile is cold and the air is dry the dry time will be significantly extended. Allow a further 24- 48 hours before moving furniture ( Lift and place).
Can I buy GlazeGuard outside the USA?
Yes. We typically ship by DHL or UPS outside the USA. Our products are non-hazard and ship easily by land, ocean or air. You just have to pay the shipping cost including any local taxes or duties that may apply. If you contact email@example.com and confirm product quantity and your ship to address, we would be happy to quote.
My floor is brand new do I need to clean it before sealing with GlazeGuard?
Yes. You are going to apply a sealer that will last many years. It is important to make sure that any dirt, footprints, hair and dust off the floor before you seal with GlazeGuard.
We recommend our CT_50 tile and grout cleaner. This powerful surface cleaner will clean off oil, grease, wax, soap scum, mold, dirt and stains from glaze and unglazed tile, grout, natural stone and concrete surfaces.
Can I use GlazeGuard to seal shower floors and walls?
For wet areas such as shower room floors and restrooms that regularly get wet, we recommend that you first prepare the surface with PreTreat before coating with GlazeGuard. PreTreat is a mild acid-based cleaner that will microscopically etch the tile surface and increase the adhesion.
Yes, GlazeGuard can be used to seal wet areas such shower room floors and walls. Before sealing the tile as to be lightly etch using our PreTreat ( or PreTreat Gel for the walls) to give better adhesion under wet conditions. Wash the floor with our neutral cleaner GlossClean to neutralize the surface and allow tile and grout to dry before sealing.
Does the floor get slippery?
GlazeGuard has good anti slip properties when dry but it can get slippery when wet on a smooth surface. Increase slip resistance can be achieved by mixing in our CoverGrip anti slip additive at the time of application.
Can GlazeGuard be used for other surfaces other than concrete?
Yes. Because GlazeGuard contains adhesion promoters it can bond to may surfaces including concrete, wood, natural stone terrazzo, metal, vinyl and rubber.
GlazeGuard is not recommended for polished surfaces such as polished porcelain or polished marble.
Can I use GlazeGuard on porcelain tubs and sinks?
No. GlazeGuard is not recommended for porcelain tubs and sinks.
Can I use GlazeGuard outside?
Yes, GlazeGuard is a UV resistant non yellowing polyurethane coating and can be used for exterior and interior applications. Exterior surfaces should be prepared using PreTreat before applying the GlazeGuard.
Is the pot life important?
Yes, the pot life is very important. The pot life is basically the amount of working time you have to apply the product once the product is mixed. GlazeGuard has a 60-minute pot life at 77deg F (25 deg C). Any remaining product after that point must be thrown away. Using product once in its past its pot life will result in product failure.
Can we use to seal kitchen back splashes?
Yes, GlazeGuard will form a clear stain and oil resistant barrier across the surface of the tile and grout. GlazeGuard can drip and form runs, so for vertical applications, the product needs to be applied in two thin coats. Wait approximately 5 minutes between coats and back roll as necessary to catch any runs.
Can I use GlazeGuard to seal cracks in my shower or balcony?
GlazeGuard has some flexibility and will provide a clear protective seal to ceramic tile and grout. However, GlazeGuard will not bridge moving cracks in the grout. These will need to be fixed first. The floor to wall transition should be sealed using polyurethane or acrylic caulk.
For additional slip resistance when wet, we have a fine additive called CoverGrip which is mixed into the GlazeGuard during application. This will give the surface a high traction finish.