We gently wiped off the surplus as we were trying not to completely remove the sealer that was rolled on.

We used a paint roller to roll on the sealer and let it set for 5 min as per instructions and wiped off the surplus with a white towel. We waited 3 hours and repeated the process again for the second coat. I have seen some other posts and the suggestion was to use more product and wipe off again.

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Additionally, once a film-forming sealer has been applied, you cannot apply a penetrating sealer until the old sealer is completely stripped.

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The water-based version is perfect for indoor projects or situations where flammability or odor will be an issue. Use only cleaning methods suitable for the substrate you are cleaning. Use only the amount of cleaners necessary to remove contaminates, oils, fluids and sealers from the substrate. Make sure all sprinklers are turned off for a 24 hour period of time. Depending on wear and tear, sealed surfaces typically need a maintenance coat every 3-4 years on horizontal surfaces and every 4-5 years on vertical surfaces like walls.

Of course you should always do a test area first to ensure the best compatibility with your specific substrate and desired results. I was hesitant to use a film-forming sealer due to potential issues caused by poor application, moisture, etc that could eventually result in a white haze on the paver surface.

I took away one star from my review as the product stated it “seals without changing the texture or traction of the surface”, but the paver surface is definitely slightly slick even a month later. Both versions produce excellent enhancement and offer great protection. Completely remove all sealers, oils and contaminates from the surface. Allow surface to dry for a minimum of 8 hours before foot traffic and 72 hours before vehicle traffic. In most cases, low pressure water is all that is needed for routine cleaning.

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Some of the names which are given to this product are; sealer, impregnator, and penetrating sealer. Its purpose is to block contaminants from entering the marble, terrazzo stone. Therefore it is not a substitute for good housekeeping practices and spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. The solvent or water is the carrier, which takes the active chemicals into the stone. Generally, we believe that solvent-based sealers are better, however due to health and safety regulations we are not always able to use these it.

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Always protect neighboring surfaces such as wood, carpet, metal, landscaping and anything you don’t want to seal. For optimum results the area should be kept dry and free from staining materials for 3 days. Failing to protect the stone or grout with grout sealer, will result dark dirty, unsightly grout and stone.

It forms an invisible barrier that resists stains while allowing vapor to escape.

It is not a surface coating and will not alter the natural look of the stone or grout. As the carrier evaporates the active ingredients are left in the stone to do their job. They have proven to be highly effective, extremely durable and cost effective.

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Indeed, it does have some fine qualities but what they won’t tell you is the stuff has a half-life shorter than refrigerated dairy products. They evaporate much faster than water based products and are a pain if you allow sealer to dry on surface of tile. They are cheaper than the others, so that should tell you something. Setup a test plan and test all of the sealers under the same conditions, same tile, same grout, etc.

Frankly, i think there should be a sticky on the sealer board on this, but it may be the board don’t wanna get those companies ire up!

If a pro has worked with something for many years and no complaints, that says something. I like the bulletproof but it seems to leave a white residue on darker grout. But we have anecdotal evidence from clients and the eyeballs of yours truly that the product does work.

Have had one customer complain that the smell lingered for too long. Like everyone else, they make some not so excellent, cheaper, products for penny pinchers. Basically, decide what you need the product to do, and then choose the product that does it best. Then put some test stains on the tile/grout to see how they perform. A good sealer for limestone might not be so good for saltillo tiles and such. A sealer that costs 2x as much but only requires half the coats would be the same price and would save time. It comes so concentrated that it has to be thinned almost 50% so it goes a long way.

I am doing my kitchen this weekend and the sealer is one of the last pick up items for me. When it dried it left a whiteish residue in the grout pors, this was especially noticeable on my brown grout. Maybe you can re-emulsify what remained from the first coat and remove the haze. It says to let soak for 20-30 minutes yet do not let it dry on the surface. Do you think any of the tile/grout cleaners will work to re-imulsify the sealer?

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Any excess sealer remaining at this time should be removed by wiping the surface with a clean dry towel.

Any excess product that has dried on the surface may be removed by re-applying product and wiping excess off immediately while wet with a white terry cloth towel. For optimum results keep area dry and free from stains for 72 hours after application. Due to the differences of each substrate, several inconspicuous test patches should be completed to assure maximum performance. Always protect neighboring surfaces including wood, carpet, metal, landscaping and other non masonry surfaces.

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Grout can stain many surfaces if this procedure is not used prior to the grouting process. Allow to cure for 6 – 12 hours before continuing with the grouting procedure per manufacturers specification. Finished area should be allowed to cure for 12 – 24 hours before putting into service. All strippers and/or cleaners should be thoroughly rinsed with clean water and the surface allowed to dry. When treating surfaces together, make sure that the recessed grout is saturated. Reference coverage chart on the product label for a more detailed coverage chart. For any questions concerning grout, refer to the grout manufacturer’s specifications. User must determine suitability of the product for their intended use.

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All of these sealers have their distinct advantages and disadvantages for sealing slate.

An impregnating clear sealer will soak deep into the slate to protect it from stains and contaminates. After the sealer has dried you should be able to apply some water drops to the tiles and grout and see that the water beads up a lot more now that the sealer has been applied. Water based impregnating sealers usually work better than solvent based sealers for cleaning slate. Solvent based impregnating sealers can also be used but you may be required to apply more coats of sealer till the slate tiles are completely saturated with sealer. Allow about 5-10 minutes for the sealer to be completely absorbed by the slate. Then you can simply wipe the excess sealer off the slate tiles and grout.

You should see the tile and grout darken up when the sealer is applied but after the sealer dries you will see the slate tiles and grout return to their original non sealed appearance.

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An enhancing sealer is almost the same as a solvent based impregnating sealer except that the sealer will also enhance the colors and sheen of the slate. Additionally an enhancing type impregnating clear sealer will also add small level of glossiness to the slate tiles.

It is not recommended to apply more then two coats of enhancing sealer to the slate.

You should test the enhancing sealer on a spare tile to see if you like the look of the enhancing sealer before you apply the enhancing sealer to your slate tile and grout. A topical glossy sealer will add the ultimate glossy finish to your slate surface. Solvent based topical sealers are more durable but can have harsh fumes when applying the sealer. Water based topical sealers for slate have almost no fumes and a respirator is not needed when applying water based topical sealers to slate. This type of finish can add the marvelously beautiful luster to your slate surface that many people have come to love. Additionally dirt, grit and grime can become embedded in the topical sealer surface. Water based topical sealers will be easier to strip and redo than solvent based topical sealers. Ensure that only a light coat of sealer is applied to the tile surface and there are no puddles of sealer left in the grout. It should only take about an hour total for the topical glossy sealer to dry on the slate surface. If more glossiness is desired you can apply a second coat of sealer to increase the shine on the slate tiles.

A professional tile restoration company may be able to apply a second coat of sealer immediately after the first coat of sealer. Frequent cleaning with clean mop water using the ph neutral cleaner will help to maintain the beautiful look of the slate tile surface.

Since slates tiles can naturally look kind of drab, dull and lifeless. You should choose a sealing option that best suits your slate for depending on how you want the floor to look and how much maintenance is required for the sealer chosen. There should be no color change or change in the glossiness of the slate tiles and grout after the tiles have been sealed.

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Slate tiles are extremely porous so it may take a couple of coats of sealer to provide adequate protection for the slate. The porous nature of slate requires that the sealer have a bigger molecular structure provided with a water based sealer. To seal the slate tiles with an impregnating sealer just pour the sealer directly on the slate and use a cotton towel to spread it around on the slate. You will probably have to keep applying sealer to the porous slate to keep it saturated for the entire 5-10 minutes. Be sure not to allow any excess sealer to pool up on the tiles or grout when you are done. An enhancing sealer will seal the slate tiles and also enhance the colors of the slate.

Slate in its natural state can be dull, drab and lifeless and an enhancing sealer will brighten up the slate and enhance the colors of the slate tiles. If you want to further enhance the slate and add even more glossiness you can add a second coat of the enhancing sealer.

You apply the enhancing impregnating sealer exactly the same as the impregnating clear sealer. Topical glossy sealers come in solvent based and water based formulas. Solvent based topical sealers can also be extremely difficult to strip and remove if the sealer ever needs to be stripped and removed. Both types of topical glossy sealers will take away all of the chalky appearance of the natural slate surface. Additionally the topical sealer will make it impossible for any types of contaminates and stains to enter the slate tile surface. The glossy tile surface will over time scuff up and lose its glossy appearance. Therefore every couple of years or so depending on the frequency of use the slate tile and grout will have to be stripped and resealed.

Applying a glossy sealer to slate tiles and grout can be a tricky procedure.

After you apply the sealer to one area move on and do not attempt to go back and redo any areas that have already been done. If done properly you should see a beautiful glossy finish on the slate surface. Make sure that the first coat of sealer is totally dry before applying a second coat of sealer. On the other hand most do it yourself homeowners should wait at least a few hours before applying a second coat of glossy sealer.

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The conflicting advice comes from the different experiences contractors and homeowners have had with slate tiles. Sealing slate isn’t necessary, especially if you want to keep the natural look and beauty of the slate. Furthermore, sealing slate is important if you want a shiny or matte finish, and if you want to protect it from staining. To help give the stone its best protection, a penetrating sealer is a good precaution. The softer slates need more attention with sealants before and after installation than do the harder slate tiles. It is made of materials with characteristics like clay, and it has a structure similar to layers of sheets.

This recipe increases bond and tensile strengths and improves the water resistance of the installation. Note that the sealer needs to be re-applied after every 3 to 5 years for interior surfaces, and every 1 to 3 years for exterior surfaces, depending on the brand. Wash it with mild soap and water, and dry mop or vacuum in between washings. When the mop is not in use, store it properly with the head off the floor. The usual solution is to mix 1 part solution to 4 parts water, but you can also mix 1 part solution to 1 part water when cleaning darker stains.

If you are accustomed to waxing floors, you are in for a treat because wax isn’t necessary on slate. Let the solution stay for a few minutes and then add more so it stays wet. Practice safety measures by wearing mask and goggles when applying. If you don’t feel confident about handling a dangerous chemical, you can always contact a professional to do it for you. Proper preparation and care of it will keep it looking great for years to come.

Sealing them may not be necessary, but after you have installed them it will be a headache to seal them properly. Any solution to make the tile surface smoother for my cleaning job? There may be a professional installer in your area who you could ask to take a look and offer suggestions. We have had it sealed and stripped and resealed 5 times by professional floor care companies and, yet, the floor will not maintain a seal. The furniture would need to be moved if the sealer was being applied to those areas.

If you are about to install a slate floor, you have probably heard conflicting opinions about sealing your tiles. However, if the stone is porous and/or you aren’t experienced at grouting, seal the stone first. To help maintain better air quality, you want to use a water-based polyurethane sealer. Slate is a metamorphic rock, starting as a sedimentary rock and with pressure and temperature over time became slate. Because it has some porosity, you may want to seal it to keep it from staining and soiling. Clean dust and dirt from all slate surfaces, and let them dry thoroughly before applying two coats of the penetrating tile sealer.

To increase the bonding strength of your mortar and grout, mix penetrating sealant with grout instead of water. The increased water resistance is especially important if you are installing your slate tile floor on a concrete slab that can wick ground moisture into the room.

There are finishes that will look natural after application, but many people love the wet-look for their slate floor. You want to wash the tiles thoroughly, several times, to remove all remnants of excess grout so that it won’t become a permanent part of your slate floor. This step is to add further protection to the slate, but also to the grout and grout-tile interface. The longer you can let it cure before walking on it, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last. For a start, you need to clean it regularly if you want it to look good after many years. This will remove dust and dirt, which is the main cause of scratches on most surfaces.

Let the dust accumulate in one spit and them collect them using a dustpan. It is recommended that you mop your slate floor with a damp mop at least once a week.

Or better yet, have room slippers ready for your household and visitors, so they can leave their shoes at the door. It’s best to use a cleaner that is neutral, formulated specially for stones, and if possible, matches with the brand of your sealer. Wax won’t hurt the slate, but will obscure it’s natural beauty, turn the tiles a darker shade, and may yellow the grout; all good reasons to not wax your floor. If the coating wasn’t removed, then there’s a chance that it is urethane or epoxy based and harder to strip off. Apply the mixture in a small area where you can cover scrubbing until it dries. Scrub the floor using a buffer or you can do it manually with a scrubbing pad that has just the right hardness. Also ensure that there’s proper ventilation and that you won’t disturb the neighbors. Apply the solution with a brush or roller and let it sit for a few hours. If it comes off easily, it means that the solution has taken effect and you can already strip off the coating. And you may not be able to protect them soon enough, if they are porous and absorb stains.

Go for it with a penetrating, water-based slate tile sealer and enjoy your natural stone floor for years. The surface is rough which makes it difficult to sweep out crumbs, foods or dust. You can pick a finish like a matte or non-gloss, if you’d like to keep more of the unfinished look it has now. I would like to have someone resurface the floor and apply a good sealer. However, you may need to tear the floor out and redo it to make a 1/4″ difference level. We have a black vermont slate kitchen floor, which was installed about a year ago. Each time it is sealed it is fantastic for about 1 month and then we notice that water no longer beads on it, it begins to stain, and when we wash it with a rag the rag becomes black with residue/color from the slate? I would suggest calling the manufacturer and asking what they recommend that will provide more protection from the dog. I had a baby and hadn’t really cleaned the floor super good for a while. It is possible that the floor care company is not using the correct sealer for your product.

The sealer has been on for about 5 years and is long overdue for re-sealing.

Also when walking on the floor with socks, the socks end up dirty from the slate. As far as the sealers, if the sealer is damaged it should be resealed to be protected.

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It has a unique formula that seems unlike any of the sealers we tested. We did not test whether or not this sealer provides superior water resistance in wet shower area but we do test to see how well in performs at protecting grout and stone samples from becoming stained.

The contaminates stained the grout sample at about an average level to the other consumer based tile and grout sealers we tested. The contaminates severely stained the sealed stone sample much more than virtually any other sealer in our stone sealer review. We would not recommend using this sealer for sealing natural stone tiles or slabs.

It’s unique molecular structure has a reputation of being more water resistant in wet shower environments than other types of sealers. The oil, wine and even hot pepper contaminates left glaring stains on our sample that were impossible to remove.

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From woven wall hangings to a brass medallion sconce, these pieces will have you making a museum-worthy wall come to life in no time.

Add these unique (and affordable!) pieces to your home that double as wall art—they’re sure to wow. Impregnator forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. Impregnator is not a surface coating and will not alter the natural look. Independent laboratory tests show 511 impregnator outperforms competitive products. In … addition, a convenient applicator tray for easy of application. Liberally apply an even coat using a paint pad, roller, brush, or pump-up garden sprayer. Failure to remove excess sealer from surface may result in residue that may need to be mechanically removed. If foot traffic must resume sooner, cover the floor with red rosin paper to protect it until full cure has been achieved. A pump-up garden sprayer will reduce the potential for over-exposure to vapors and produce better results. This formula is long lasti … ng and water-resistant, sealing out moisture in high risk areas such as kitchen and bathroom floors, or doorways and laundry rooms.

They penetrate to provide deep down protection and that “natural” look.

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Impregnator forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. This visible b … arrier is resistant to water and stains yet at the same time allows vapor to release. This formula is long lasti … ng and water-resistant, sealing out moisture in high risk areas such as kitchen and bathroom floors, or doorways and laundry rooms. Thoroughly wipe surface with multiple dry cloths to remove all excess sealer. Ensure that the area is well-ventilated during application and until the surface is dry to the touch. They are formulated to be wiped on with a clock … or applied with a foam brush, thus eliminating drops and sags.

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It will help you understand what you’re looking for and also help decode some of the terms you may find here. So you get both types of protection with fluoropolymers, but only water-based protection with silicones. Etching is caused by an acid eating away at the molecular surface of your calcium-based stone. Throwing lemon slices onto your marble countertop will etch away the surface of the marble – sealed or not. Okay, time for a little reality check – send away the squeamish! This is only on the molecular level, but continued etching will eventually become a macro problem. This normally happens when you have males in the house between the ages of five and ninety-five. To determine which type would be best for your stone you can splash some water onto the surface of your (unsealed) tile.

Stones like travertine, limestone, unpolished marble, unglazed ceramic and all cementitious grouts are suitable for water-based sealers. Solvent-based sealers work on porous materials as well as materials with smaller pores!

The pores in porcelain, however, are not simply test-tube shaped pits in the surface, they are shaped like little pyramids. It will only absorb that percentage of water, but oil-based substances have smaller molecular structures and will get into the porcelain more easily. Nearly every tile product will benefit to some degree with a good sealer, provided the proper one is used. They also have basic grout sealer and a few other types of specialty sealers. They’ll know what you’re talking about – and now you do too! Clean white melamine pad), leave it on for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a sponge. The pores in porcelain, however, are not simply test-tube shaped pits in the surface, they are shaped like little pyramids.

Use the seal & enhance on the shower floor before grouting, it’s has a solvent carrier so it will better protect the tile from the intrusion of the grout pigment. It only assists with cleaning and prevents stains from soaking in as quickly (although they will still soak in if left long enough). Will either mira matte or seal and enhance leave a slight sheen and be durable in a shower stall?

The most common reason for unglazed tile to dull is not because a finish of any type was removed, but because something else was added into the pores of the tile. Do you recommend using a separate grout release on top of this? Grout release works more effectively, but a good sealer works well also. I will use 511 porous plus on the sandstone and 511 with solvent on the mosaics, which are marble. It looked great at first but then started to flake off where the water hit it the most. My contractor states (from our sub tile guy) that my river rock shower floor does not need sealing.

It will give you a base understanding of how they get into your tile and what they protect against. When choosing a sealer the first decision you should make is what you are trying to protect against. Fluoropolymer-based sealers protect against oil-based stains – cooking oil, body oil, shampoo, stuff like that. Although these different sealers will protect against different types of stains there is one thing that they will not protect against – etching. So there is nothing you can use to prevent etching from acids short of simply taking care not to get any types of acid on your tile.

You know, the dog that bursts into flames when you don’t properly waterproof your shower? Uric acid will etch stone (and grout) and slowly eat away the surface of the stone. If you have pets and continue to have a mysterious problem with the surface of your stone in certain areas – that may be the cause. Strangely enough this problem may show up around your toilet or on your shower floor. We don’t aim well – unfortunately sealer will not solve this problem either. The carrier is the vehicle which drives the sealer into the pores of the tile then dissipates. Solvent carrier-based sealers are better for tile and stone with smaller pores. If the water is absorbed quickly then a water-based sealer should work fine for your installation. Solvent-based sealers are best for tile and stone with smaller pores such as granite, polished marble and other polished stones, glazed ceramic and porcelains. They are very tiny at the top and get larger down into the body of the tile, beneath the glaze.

So porcelain will still benefit from sealer, although it’s not normally necessary in a residential setting.

So if you choose to seal your tile or stone you need to spend the extra money for a good one! Most really good sealer companies carry a sealer with comparable abilities, just call the company’s tech support line and tell them what you’re looking for. When sealing your tile installation put some thought into it, figure out what you really need and what benefits you are looking for and decide on one with realistic expectations. As long as you know what to expect and choose the proper product for your application a good sealer will make your maintenance chores much easier. They are not an acceptable fix or magic cure for improper or non-existent waterproof substrates for your shower or other wet areas. They will help keep nasty stuff from staining your beautiful tile and stone. As a (college chemistry major) building contractor they speak to me. If it looks the way you want it to wet, though, then seal & enhance should give you what you’re looking for. If you use the porous plus first the enhancing will not enhance it.

I don’t get dizzy, whether or not it’s going to kill me in 10 years. It will seal the urine in, but only in the sense that it becomes a permanent part of the stone. I honestly don’t think it’s possible to actually remove it from the stone itself. If you want an enhancing sealer on it go for it, it’s not gonna hurt anything.

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Proceed with the grouting process per the manufacturer’s instructions. Take the time at this stage of the installation to carefully clean and detail. If grout clean up is not performed effectively, additional cleaning may be necessary. All the explanations were very clear and helpful in choosing the right kind of product for me and the prices were great too!

Use it for both interior and exterior environments and it’s freeze/thaw resistant. Protect neighboring and adjacent surfaces including baseboards, wood, carpet, metal and landscaping. Clean all excess grout completely from the surface with a clean sponge and water.


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