There are some exceptions to this, so check with your manufacturer to be sure. Stone is naturally porous and will absorb spills and stain fairly easily. If your tile work is in an outdoor area the elements will likely wear it down faster. If you notice loose tiles or your grout flaking off when you wash the tub it might be time to have it redone.

If you notice a stain on your tiles, just rub it with a mild bleach solution. Grout usually needs to set for about a month before it can be sealed. If you seal the stained grout, you will probably never be able to get the stain out again.

Many people are advising you to seal the tile floors, but you thought it was just the grout that needed to be sealed? Most installers of tile floors do not seal them because grout has to cure first. If your tile is ceramic or porcelain, it probably won’t need to be sealed. However, grout in unventilated bathrooms is exposed to a lot of humidity and moisture which can cause it to break down.

Be careful not to scrub your tiles with anything too stiff, like a metal brush, that could scratch or damage the tiles. If it gets stained before it’s sealed just use the mild bleach solution and scrub lightly.

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She’s a real estate agent in this area and has been in lots of homes around here – lots. It hides all kinds of dirt and pet hair and is a natural stone product. Travertine typically has lots of beige or pinky-beige mottling that can dictate your color palette in a major way. Most people paired a color scheme with it that duplicated the travertine throughout the home. Now that people are preferring white and gray, that travertine presents a problem when attempting to transition into a newer look. There’s no doubt that the material and installation were a big investment for you.

She has some old ceramic tile that she needs to replace, as well as some other modifications needing to be made. We both acknowledged that the “look” of most area homes around here involve travertine floors all over and, well, we’re a little sick of them. If you remodeled your suburban home 10 or even 5 years ago, and you live in a hot climate like we do here, it’s quite probable that you have travertine floors.

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There’s no doubt that after having it installed only within in the past 10 years you’re not in the mood to redo everything again. And busting out that product is a big giant mess waiting to happen.

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The client applied the sealer, but as she had never done it before the floor turned out blotchy in appearance and she was far from happy.

I then used a wet-vac machine to extract the water and get the floor as dry as possible before leaving for the day and allowing it to fully dry completely overnight, it’s very important that the floor is as moisture free as possible before being sealed as it can affect the final result.

According to the customer he spent three days attempting to complete the job, but ran out of time and asked the client to apply the sealer themselves.

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With this, spills can still penetrate the stone so be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as possible. Marble is generally sealed with a penetrating seal, which won’t alter the appearance of your marble. The topical seal is like a top coating painted onto your marble surface. It will however change the appearance of your stone, leaving a high gloss finish. Acidic spills will etch your marble, which removes the shine and leaves a rough feel on the surface. Generally, however a penetrating seal will need to be replaced every one or two years.

A good way of testing to see if your seal has broken down is by pouring some water on your tile and leave it for a minute. Generally, you apply using a roller or sponge and the solution will need to be agitated (using a black pad) and left to penetrate for 15 minutes. If your marble is etched, you will need to polish out the etch marks and the method required depends on your stone.

At this point, we would definitely recommend you call the professionals! This is best applied using a roller, sponge or lamb’s wool window mop. A penetrating seal will dry out pretty quickly and once dry is ready to use. If sealing with a topical seal, you must ensure your stone is completely dried out. Rinse with a separate mop until all remnants of the soap is removed.

Marble floors add elegance to any home and can last as long as the home itself, but if you are reading this article you will know they can be difficult to keep clean and retain their shine. Marble is porous, and all spills will seep through the stone, leaving stains and marks that can only be removed by polishing. The sealer fills in the pores, keeping any spills on the surface.

It is not however a magical solution and will only give you seconds to wipe up a spill before it penetrates the stone. Topical seals are generally used in commercial areas where traffic is very high, or on a very porous limestone or travertine floors. Once your seal is worn, everything will seep into the stone and cause staining. Marble with a topical seal decreases maintenance but can lift if furniture is dragged across it and would definitely need to be replenished once a year. If the stone changes colour or water disappears this means there is nothing protecting your floor.

The chemical you use to strip the seal must be from the same manufacturer.

Once you are happy your floor is perfectly clean and dry, you can now re-seal your floor. We recommend light traffic only on the first evening, no shoes and protect against water for 24 hrs. It’s probably best to leave it overnight before applying the seal.

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Understanding which types of products to use and avoid, as well as what to do when an accident occurs, will provide you with the knowledge to preserve the condition of your limestone tile. If done correctly, you shouldn’t have to re-seal your limestone floor for two or more years after installation. Let the sealer sit as before, and then wipe away any residue. This means that the substance you’re using is neither acidic nor basic, and doesn’t contain any potentially harmful ingredients that could counteract with the natural compositions of the limestone. Never use generic household detergents, which have been known to diminish the shine and glossiness of a limestone floor. However, you want make sure to use a vacuum that doesn’t have worn wheels, which could leave subtle scratches. You can also clean with a dry mop or broom, but be careful as any dirt or debris left on the limestone before wet mopping can cause scratches. The longer you leave a spill unattended, the longer it has to seep into the pores and potentially leave a stain, which could require professional cleaning to remove.

However, if you don’t notice a spill right away, which ultimately results in a stain, you’ll need to tackle the problem by using specialized natural stone and grout cleaning products. It may take a day or two for the solution to effectively remove the stain, and if not, you may need to hire a professional to get rid of the stain. Whether you’re sealing, vacuuming, or removing stains, the steps are fairly straightforward.

As with other types of natural stone, limestone flooring requires a little more care and maintenance on your end to ensure it continues to look its best. Take a look at the below care and cleaning tips for limestone tile flooring. Since it’s a naturally porous material, it’s best to seal newly installed limestone before applying grout to avoid stains from the grout. This could be an impregnating sealer, which absorbs below the surface of the tile, or a surface sealer, which is more topical.

Because limestone is derived from a calcium carbonate rock, the material is very sensitive to a variety of acids, so always make sure the cleaning products you’re using say that they’re compatible with limestone or other types of natural stone on the label.

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It’s encouraged to try and vacuum a few times a week to ensure debris doesn’t get caught within the pores of the natural stone surface or cause scratches. It’s best to go with a handheld vacuum, so you’ll have more control.

This is where having sealant over your floor is essential, as the substance will allow the spill to repel above the tiles, so you can safely blot the liquid out with a soft cloth.

Make sure they’re compatible with limestone floors, and gently brush the stained area using the cleaner. To keep your limestone tile floor looking good as new for many years ahead, regular maintenance is key. What’s more, the results will leave you with a floor to be proud of. Make sure to test the grout release on a small, inconspicuous area first. Limestone is very delicate and you don’t want to ruin it but grout release is the only thing that will remove the grout from the surface of the limestone.

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Interestingly we have since completed three other jobs with this same type of problem.

This work returned the stone to its original condition ready for sealing.


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