We provide an extensive selection of sealers for any application, be it commercial or domestic, interior or exterior. We also provide polishes, decorative finishes and strippers specifically formulated for the removal of bitumen, glue, wax, polish and oils. We supply and install all the above products which are the safest for humans and the environment. Tiles are an important and permanent investment in most buildings and we offer the best protection for our customer’s investment in their floor.
Cleaning And Sealing Enhances The Look Of A Finished Product
- Cleaners for laminates, ceramic, natural clay, porcelain, cement, sandstone, limestone, slate, granite, marble, travertine, quartzite, grouts and all types of natural stone
- An extensive selection of sealers for any application, be it commercial or domestic, interior or exterior as well as polishes, decorative finishes and strippers specifically formulated for the removal of bitumen, glue, polish, wax, sealer and oils
- Enhances the overall finish of an existing product
- Gives the surface or product a longer life span
1. Top coat sealers
This type of sealer adds a protective coating on top of the tile and grout. This is similar to how a varnish works with wood and other materials. This kind of sealer is widely used with natural stones, such as with rough materials and travertine. It can also be used on polished stones such as granite to protect the polished surface of the stone itself.
2. Penetrating sealers
Penetrating sealers are absorbed into the pores of the tile and grout. It sits just below the surface of the tile and prevents spills from penetrating and hence the tile. After its application the carrier evaporates and leaves the solid materials within the tile and grout which fills up the pores and close capillaries to the surface thereby reducing absorption of potentially staining materials.
3. Impregnating sealers
These are the most expensive types of sealer on the market. It works by going deep within the grout and stone to bond with the molecules. This helps protect against all forms of stains and moisture. This specialty sealer also comes with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to give your tile extra protection.
4. Natural oil sealers
If you are an eco-friendly homeowner, the natural oil sealer is the best option for you. Though they offer the least amount of protection in terms of long-term coverage, it is the one of the most common used type today and has been in use for years as a natural organic sealer. Please take note that it wears off easily and needs to be reapplied to the grout once every few months compared to the once a year that most commercial sealers require.
Floor tile types we work on
Nowadays, many people opt to use stone as primary flooring in their homes. They are natural, beautiful and always stylish. Its durability and style makes a great choice for every room in the house. With varying colors and types, you can find easily the perfect stone for any space. While stone flooring is very popular now, it is important to realize that there are a few limitations with certain stones. Some are stronger than other types of stones and more colors are available for any type.
Before choosing a specific type of stone, arm yourself with knowledge to find the best fit. There are types of natural stone and it’s important to know their durability and style.
Safe to say that this is one of the most popular flooring options and obviously one of the hardest, most scratch-resistant flooring materials since it is formed under extreme pressure. With a granite that can be found in endless shades and colors anyone will surely find it very well with their home. Always ideal for bathrooms, hallways and foyers or could even be used as an accent to other flooring options.
Known and prized for its classic elegant look, it has been around since ancient times. You can instantly recognize its soft grain patterns and creamy color. While considered by many as the most luxurious flooring on the market, compared to other stone floorings it doesn’t hold up that much and affected by scratching and chipping so it requires professional sealing and installation. However, its beauty and elegance always wins for some homeowners and used regularly often in bathroom walls, and counter tops.
A beautiful natural floor covering choice that is popular for its distinctive style. Ranging in color from medium tone whites to multi colored maelstroms, all of the way back to charcoal and black. Its durability is hard as rock since it is quarried from the cores of mountains that can last for decades if properly cared for. It can also be slippery when polished especially in areas where water may be present. For this reason it is generally not used in bathrooms, kitchens or exterior locations.
Travertine is a type of limestone with beautiful variations and one of the softest floorings on the market. Travertine can be strengthened by filling small holes with a cement and polishing. Regular application of a stone sealer also helps protect travertine flooring. This crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone brings a touch of nature to your home. With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, you can easily find the perfect match for your interior and exterior flooring needs.
This rustic classic type of metamorphic rock works well outdoors as it does indoors. t is water resistant and comes in a varying spectrum of rich and earthy tones. It is naturally textured and provides homeowners with the classic ‘stone’ look. slate floor tiles can be left with their naturally rough surfaces or honed smooth. The rougher surfaces offer good traction for entryways, sunrooms, patios and kitchens. slate is usually found in dark gray, soft red, and medium green.
- Tile Cleaning
- Tile Sealing
- Tile Stripping
- Tile Anti-Slip Treatment
- Marble Polishing
- Floor tile care and maintenance
Sealers - Maintenance
Most water-based sealers can be used by the homeowner or end-users such as maintenance crews. Water-based sealers typically remain at or near the surface of the stone. Water-based sealers are generally easier to remove and most effective when used as a regular maintenance tool to protect your natural stone. Water-based sealers may provide stain protection from three months to three years. Factors such as heavy foot traffic and lack of regular cleaning can reduce the time between necessary applications. Sealers with a water base are usually more environmentally friendly compared to solvent-based sealers.
Solvent-based sealers (impregnators) allow the sealing agents to deeply penetrate the stone’s pores and typically protect the stone’s surface longer and do not need to be reapplied as often as water-based sealers. Like water-based sealers, many solvent-based sealers also contain urethane or acrylic as the sealing agent and help to carry the agents beneath the surface of the stone. Solvent-based sealers are usually more difficult to strip and remove than water based sealers because the sealing agents bond to pores well below the stone’s surface. Avoid using solvent-based sealers where food is present or people are unable to leave the area while the solvent base is drying.
Always follow tile manufacturer instructions. If instructions have not been provided to you please ask your sales representative for the proper information. It is recommended to not mix cleaning and sealing products from different manufacturers. Always do a test patch in an inconspicuous area prior to applying any cleaning or sealing product on your tile. Manufacturer’s instructions will supersede the below information should the instructions differ. Most tile installations use cementitious grouts. This type of grout should be sealed after installation to prevent the color from staining. The grout should be sealed with a penetrating/impregnating sealer (often called grout sealers) which does not contain silicone, as silicone can shorten the useful life of the sealer. Epoxy grouts, conversely, are chemically cured and acid resistant and, as a result, do not require a sealer. The application of a good quality penetrating/impregnating sealer into the grout joints of a cementitious grout will not change the natural color of the grout, but will prevent the penetration of moisture, simplify maintenance, and help prevent staining or discoloration. Only the grout needs to be sealed, not glazed floor or wall tiles. Grout can be sealed seventy-two hours after installation.
There are different grades of penetrating/impregnating sealers, therefore the useful life and price will differ between a low quality and high quality sealer. You may need to reapply the sealer on an annual basis depending on the sealer quality, traffic patterns, and maintenance routine. Some sealers have multiple year warranties for useful life. Refer to the manufacturer warranty, technical & product information for specific details on product installation, useful life, and product applications (including any warnings) before use. Neither sealing the grout nor using a stain resistant grout will guarantee against surface build-up or discoloration of the grout. Grout needs to be cleaned on a periodic basis to remove any surface build-up. Routine grout cleaning can be done with a daily concentrated household or commercial cleaner depending on the application. When heavy duty grout cleaning is required, you will need to use a professional strength Tile & Grout Cleaner that is capable of removing grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew stains, algae, and synthetic or acrylic waxes from the grout joints. However, such a product should contain non-polluting chemicals and low VOC levels.
To insure your natural stone products will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility, a proper maintenance program is crucial. Natural Stone products are porous by nature and require a different maintenance program than traditional ceramic tile. Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone. Stone surfaces are very easy to maintain. Clean stone with warm water and a mild liquid soap. Never use acid cleansers or abrasive chemicals on stone. Natural stone should be sealed after installation and every one to two years thereafter, depending on its application. There is no set rule on how often to seal your natural stone. Sealing can be as frequent as six months for higher traffic areas on marble, slate, travertine, and limestone or every couple of years for granite countertops. Also some sealers provide for only a single application every ten years. Please review the guidelines for each individual sealer.
Ceramic & Porcelain Tile
Ceramic & Porcelain tiles are relatively maintenance free products that require little continuing care beyond regular cleaning. Most cleaning can be done with a damp cloth and a gentle non acidic soap. A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for everyday use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers. The entire area should be cleaned and scrubbed with cleaner solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush. The entire area should be rinsed with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue. Remember that you should sweep or vacuum floor areas prior to cleaning to remove any dust or debris. Routine cleaners should never contain hazardous or polluting products including, but not limited to acids or ammonia. Acids can damage the grout and the glazed surface of the tile, and ammonia can discolor the grout. Take care to avoid “over the counter” tile cleaners that contain phosphoric and glycolic acids that could etch some ceramic tile surfaces. Many glazed ceramic & porcelain tiles do not require sealing. However, ceramic tile with crackle glazes should be sealed prior to grouting to prevent grout colorant from staining the clay body. Grout joints should be sealed on all ceramic & porcelain tile applications, especially those in wet or high traffic areas. All tiles with crackle glazes require resealing on a periodic basis. All ceramic tiles are subject to crazing. Crazing is crackling solely within the fired glaze due to tensile stresses, temperature fluctuation, or expansion and contraction of the tile body or setting bed. Crazing is not a defect, nor does it affect the durability of the products and is an inherent characteristic of the manufacturing process. Terra Cotta, Pavers, New & Reclaimed Brick Terra Cotta & Brick in its natural state is porous, and for this reason it needs to be sealed in order for it to be durable and last longer. Once sealed, it’s very easy to clean by mopping with a mild cleaner. Due to the natural pigments in Terra Cotta UV rays from sunlight can fade and cause discoloration. Brick & Terra Cotta can be waxed to add shine. Once clean, clear, and dry, a new wax can be used on it. Some waxes can be applied by hand and buffed with a cloth until smooth and even. Others will require the use of professional buffing machines.
Cement tiles should be regularly mopped with clear water. A capful of liquid wax may be added to the water to improve the tiles natural sheen. Never use acids to clean the tiles as they will damage it. Do not use any acids or alkalines to clean tiles. Use a PH neutral cleaner and fine sandpaper to remove any stains or residues. Do not allow water or other liquids to spot, pond or ring on the surface of the tiles. If desired, buff the tiles with the floor polisher and white pad using a back and forth motion. This will give your tiles the shine desired. Do this step as long as you like.
Glass & Metal
Besides regular cleaning with a non ammonia glass cleaning product, Glass Tile requires no continuing care. Take care to use a smooth, lint free cloth when cleaning frosted or matte glass, as a rough cloth can leave lint on the glass surface. Reminder: Never use abrasive cleaning pads on matte or frosted glass tile. All bronze will age or mellow with time. The use of a white scotch bright hand pad, available at most auto supply stores, will polish the highlights of the tile and return them to their original brightness. To preserve the color (patina) of the tile, you must periodically wax your bronze. You may do this as often as you like, or let the tiles age naturally for an older look. We recommend using a neutral wax as a preservative. Kiwi shoe polish is a very good and hard wax. With a cotton rag, sparingly apply the polish to the surface of the tile, making sure to get into the detail. Allow to completely dry — no more greasiness — then rub with a clean, soft cloth to shine. NEVER USE ABRASIVE OR SOLVENT CLEANERS on the bronze, as this will remove the patina. Use a soft sponge and water only if absolutely necessary to clean.
The way to keep your new or old stone lovely is to keep it clean! Remember the old saying, “An Ounce of Prevention equals a Pound of Cure.” If natural stone is given the proper care, the stone should sustain its beauty and durability. Most commonly, unless regular cleaning is done, ordinary dust particles in the air can settle on your marble and can be ground in to the surface by normal foot traffic. These specs of dust will slowly remove the natural polish on the stone’s surface. The use of a non-oil dust mop on a regular basis should help prolong the finish of your stone. Natural stone should be washed regularly with fresh warm water and a clean, non-abrasive cloth. Adding a neutral (pH balanced) cleaner will help to remove topical dirt and grime*. Avoid detergents that can be abrasive and contain chemicals high in acid or alkaline. These chemicals can “etch” or remove the natural polish on the stone’s surface. Some stone cleaners have a petroleum or animal fat base which may alter the appearance of your stone. Petroleum (or oils such as animal fat) can darken natural stone and leave a residue which over time can build up and turn yellow. This build up is usually difficult to remove. Be sure to use a cleaner which does not have a petroleum or oil base and contains chemicals that will be safe on the finish of your natural stone floor or countertop.
Natural stone has been installed for hundreds of years without a sealer and much of it continues to look beautiful. Although new technology has allowed us to minimize staining by using various sealers, one thing should be clear to you regarding the stainability of stone. Most natural stone is “stainable” given the right amount of time and a strong enough staining agent; however, the rate at which a particular stone absorbs foreign matter (the “porosity” of the stone), can vary. Some natural stones are less porous and resist staining better than others. Granites, for example, are typically more stain resistant than most marbles and might be more suitable for kitchen or commercial areas.