If you love your kitchen floor, but would like something more, like a shinier and shinier effect every time you enter this part of the house, know that there is a simple way to achieve fantastic results with minimal effort. : the paint for tiles.
But how does this solution work to add a little shine to your ceramic or slate floor? And is it true that tile paint can also help cover small flaws and seal small cracks?
How to paint the tiles
The first thing we want to share with you is to carefully read the supplier's instructions paint for tiles: some paints take a long time to dry and, therefore, this could lead you to have to proceed by areas; in other cases, the paints are much faster. In any case, you may have to give up stepping on the tiles for a while, so ... get organized!
Speaking of preparations, also remember that paints act differently depending on the material of the tiles. For example, if your floor is slate and not ceramic, you may need to first use a tile seal, available from the same shop that sold you the paint, in order to get the best results
Another product that could increase the beauty of the final result is the gloss, a kind of glossy patina that will give the tiles greater brilliance: however, much will depend on the effect (glossy or more opaque) that you want to achieve at the end of the painting process.
Having said that, to be able to paint the tiles, simply spread the product (diluted as expected by the supplier, or in the same solution if it is ready), and wait for the drying phase.
And if you have ceramic tiles, you could also apply a sealant. But what is it? And why could this be a really good treatment for your tiles?
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How to paint and seal ceramic tiles
As we have already had the opportunity to anticipate in the previous lines, there are many people who love that their ceramic tiles have one glossy and reflective finish.
In this context, a sealant is probably the best way to give ceramic tiles some type of glossy finish. But how to do it?
The first thing we recommend you do is check the characteristics of the sealant you are about to buy. In fact, most glossy sealants are best applied to porous stone tiles, where the sealant can bond firmly with the compound. On the other hand, if you buy an unsuitable sealant, and then apply it to ceramic tiles, you risk that the compound does not bond well with the tile, ruining them and seeing “flakes” of the product that will come off with the passing of the days. To be sure of the goodness of your choice, always do a test on a spare tile.
In addition, also keep in mind that the use of sealants on ceramic tiles could make their cleaning more difficult over time. Ceramic tiles are extremely non-porous tiles and the non-porous surface of ceramic tiles makes them extremely easy to clean. Conversely, the tile with a sealant on its surface could expose it to the risk of scratches, opacity and dirt.
In short, with the passage of time the beautiful glossy appearance of the sealant will fade, requiring a new intervention to remove the residue of the sealant and a new application.
Fortunately, you can run for cover with the use of the only type of sealant that can be applied effectively to ceramic tiles to make them shiny and sufficiently protected, that is, a water-based sealant.
Having clarified the above, we recommend that you use a microfiber cloth clean and dry or a few thick bristle brushes to apply the glossy sealant: it is important that by doing so, you are able to apply an even coat of sealant to the surface of the ceramic tiles, being careful not to deposit too much sealant on the lines of grouting.
The final result can be easily weighted on the basis of your expectations: a thin uniform coat of sealant will provide the best type of finish over the long term, but if you want a more polished appearance, you can apply a second or third layer of sealant to increase the brilliance. Remember, though, that too many layers of sealant that build up on tiles or grout lines will struggle to dry properly, and will tend to flake off more easily.