One of the main reasons why most installers apply a sealant is to give their clients that peace of mind than the real need for sealing the granite tiles. Though there are chemicals, especially those with acids in them that can cause damage and actually remove the polish from the surface. This is due to the calcium carbonate having a chemical reaction to the acid. There may be a way to remove the etching with marble polishing etch remover, though if this does not work, then you will need to see about having a professional come in to re-polish the surface.


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Think of it as if you got your car waxed, this is to protect the paint of your car against the weather and sunlight, not if someone decides to scratch it up using a key. What a sealant will do is actually slow down the process of how quickly the stone will absorb the liquid. So basically what a sealant will do is give you more time to wipe up the spill, which that helps prevent staining from happening by keeping the spill towards the surface of the stone and makes it much easier to clean up. It is best said that granite should be sealed if necessary. Lighter toned granites are highly recommended to be sealed, and usually need to have the sealant reapplied every couple of years.

There are a few reasons that people believe sealant does for granite that they do not realize are just myths. This mainly happens within stones like marble, travertine, and limestone.

There are some stones that are so dense that no liquid can be absorbed into the stone causing staining, but there are others that will stain if the spill is not wiped up immediately. It is said that not all granite needs to be sealed, though it is recommended either way. You will find that most darker colored granites such as browns, blues, and blacks do not need sealing. When in doubt contact a professional, contact us today to schedule your appointment to polish your natural stone flooring or if you have any questions.

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Before you do anything, it’s important to know why you want to seal and if sealing will solve your problem long term. Our instinct to solve this problem is normally to use stronger cleaning chemical products, more of them and more often. Regardless of the cleaning challenges, it is safe to say that sealing ceramic floor tiles is not the best solution. The best thing to do is treat this problem as a cleaning issue and investigate better cleaning methods such as floor scrubbers, cleaning chemicals, professional mopping systems, microfibre and advanced agitation methods. You may also need to do a restoration clean before you restart your maintenance program and test different process combinations. Thinking outside the mop and bucket box is often where the solution lies.



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Looks is one of the biggest reasons why many people try to seal their ceramic floor tiles. If your floor surface is dull and you want it glossy or if it’s glossy and you want it dull, there is no permanent solution other than re-tiling. When the incorrect ceramic floor tile is chosen for an application, slip problems may occur.

Firstly, non-slip treatments which etch or microscopically texture floors can be used but may in some instances affect the look of a tile by making it dull. When using a non-slip floor sealer you need to expect that reapplication may be required often and a new cleaning problem can be created. Sealing of grout however may be a good decision that will help you reduce floor maintenance. Even if you can find a sealer to adhere to the surface, it will most likely peel or wear very quickly, usually in 2-12 months. A sealed ceramic floor tile requires more work and cost to maintain and clean than the bare tile itself. This means regular repair and replacement of the sealer will be required. While many people try, very few people succeed in sealing ceramic floors and getting the results they want.

Everyone who tries to seal ceramic floor tiles has very good reasons for doing so, but whether they do it themselves or have a professional complete the work, the same problems come up time and time again. But the very low rate of success of floor coatings on ceramic tiles make recommending them too expensive and problematic for us. Most warranties (especially long ones like 5, 10 and 15 year ones) require such a high standard of maintenance with very select (and expensive) products along with sometimes yearly or 6 monthly reapplication of the sealer they make the conditions almost impossible or at best very expensive to meet.

That’s a problem, because the cost of labour to fully strip, reprepare the floor and seal again far exceeds the cost of the sealer. If you decide to seal we do wish you the very best and hope things work out for you. This is risky because you can permanently change the look of the tile. The other problem you will have with an etched ceramic floor tile after you strip a sealer is that even if the tile looks the same it will be much harder to clean than before. Ceramic tiles were never made to be sealed but there is a strong argument for sealing those porous grout lines that tend to collect and hold ugly dirt and soils. This basically acts on a porous hard surface like a fabric protector does on a couch. There are some wonderful grout sealing application tools that make this job easier.

Ceramic floor tiles can be difficult to clean with traditional methods like a mop and bucket. Ceramic floor sealers are hit and miss, they need a lot of maintenance too, so the hope of achieving a maintenance free ceramic floor with a floor sealer in my experience just doesn’t happen. You will need to find a sustainable process which includes chemical, agitation and extraction / soil removal that suits your level of traffic and cleaning frequency. You might have to invest some money but it will be much cheaper than sealing. These treatments are extremely dangerous to use (using crazy acids) and can also make the floor surface very difficult to clean.



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Thirdly, the ultimate solution is to re-tile with a suitable tile or surface for the application.

Genuine ceramic floor tiles do not stain, so sealing will not improve stain protection. That means a sealed ceramic tile surface will damage faster in comparison to the bare tile. There is often an expectation that floor sealers are as tough as tiles but that’s not true. They are there to do a job and be reasonably easy to repair and replace while protecting the original surface.

Sealers or coatings do not adhere or stick well to ceramic floor tiles. This is because the sacrificial floor sealer coatings are softer and will be more affected by traffic, spills and day to day wear and tear. Even when in the few cases a floor sealer is successfully laid it almost never lasts and expectations are disappointed. Floor sealers that act as a protective, easier to maintain coating over a floor have their place. We believe in floor sealers used in the right application for the right reasons. Read any warranty, take note of the conditions and also be aware of what the warranty covers. Then if you comply with these difficult conditions, you will probably find that the manufacturer will only cover you for the replacement of the sealer, not a refund for it and not for any labour costs. This won’t matter if the floor sealer works but if it doesn’t and you want to strip the sealer off and return the floor back to normal it probably won’t look the same. It’s best not to use a coating for this but instead a penetrating or impregnating sealer. And if you get some grout sealer on the tile surface, with the right product, it should just wipe away easily if you remove it immediately.

Whether you seal or don’t seal let us know how you go, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to call our customer care team on 1300 123 499, if you require any help or advice on the floor care program for your business or facility.

Ceramic floor tiles can be difficult to clean with traditional methods like a mop and bucket. Ceramic floor sealers are hit and miss, they need a lot of maintenance too, so the hope of achieving a maintenance free ceramic floor with a floor sealer in my experience just doesn’t happen. You will need to find a sustainable process which includes chemical, agitation and extraction / soil removal that suits your level of traffic and cleaning frequency. You might have to invest some money but it will be much cheaper than sealing. These treatments are extremely dangerous to use (using crazy acids) and can also make the floor surface very difficult to clean.

Thirdly, the ultimate solution is to re-tile with a suitable tile or surface for the application.
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Genuine ceramic floor tiles do not stain, so sealing will not improve stain protection. That means a sealed ceramic tile surface will damage faster in comparison to the bare tile.

There is often an expectation that floor sealers are as tough as tiles but that’s not true.

They are there to do a job and be reasonably easy to repair and replace while protecting the original surface. Sealers or coatings do not adhere or stick well to ceramic floor tiles. This is because the sacrificial floor sealer coatings are softer and will be more affected by traffic, spills and day to day wear and tear. Even when in the few cases a floor sealer is successfully laid it almost never lasts and expectations are disappointed. Floor sealers that act as a protective, easier to maintain coating over a floor have their place. We believe in floor sealers used in the right application for the right reasons. Read any warranty, take note of the conditions and also be aware of what the warranty covers. Then if you comply with these difficult conditions, you will probably find that the manufacturer will only cover you for the replacement of the sealer, not a refund for it and not for any labour costs. This won’t matter if the floor sealer works but if it doesn’t and you want to strip the sealer off and return the floor back to normal it probably won’t look the same. It’s best not to use a coating for this but instead a penetrating or impregnating sealer.

And if you get some grout sealer on the tile surface, with the right product, it should just wipe away easily if you remove it immediately. Whether you seal or don’t seal let us know how you go, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to call our customer care team on 1300 123 499, if you require any help or advice on the floor care program for your business or facility. Before you do anything, it’s important to know why you want to seal and if sealing will solve your problem long term.


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Our instinct to solve this problem is normally to use stronger cleaning chemical products, more of them and more often. Regardless of the cleaning challenges, it is safe to say that sealing ceramic floor tiles is not the best solution. The best thing to do is treat this problem as a cleaning issue and investigate better cleaning methods such as floor scrubbers, cleaning chemicals, professional mopping systems, microfibre and advanced agitation methods. You may also need to do a restoration clean before you restart your maintenance program and test different process combinations. Thinking outside the mop and bucket box is often where the solution lies. Looks is one of the biggest reasons why many people try to seal their ceramic floor tiles.

If your floor surface is dull and you want it glossy or if it’s glossy and you want it dull, there is no permanent solution other than re-tiling. When the incorrect ceramic floor tile is chosen for an application, slip problems may occur.

Firstly, non-slip treatments which etch or microscopically texture floors can be used but may in some instances affect the look of a tile by making it dull. When using a non-slip floor sealer you need to expect that reapplication may be required often and a new cleaning problem can be created. Sealing of grout however may be a good decision that will help you reduce floor maintenance. It will also need more maintenance to achieve a consistent look. Even if you can find a sealer to adhere to the surface, it will most likely peel or wear very quickly, usually in 2-12 months. A sealed ceramic floor tile requires more work and cost to maintain and clean than the bare tile itself. This means regular repair and replacement of the sealer will be required.

While many people try, very few people succeed in sealing ceramic floors and getting the results they want.

Everyone who tries to seal ceramic floor tiles has very good reasons for doing so, but whether they do it themselves or have a professional complete the work, the same problems come up time and time again. But the very low rate of success of floor coatings on ceramic tiles make recommending them too expensive and problematic for us. Most warranties (especially long ones like 5, 10 and 15 year ones) require such a high standard of maintenance with very select (and expensive) products along with sometimes yearly or 6 monthly reapplication of the sealer they make the conditions almost impossible or at best very expensive to meet. That’s a problem, because the cost of labour to fully strip, reprepare the floor and seal again far exceeds the cost of the sealer.

If you decide to seal we do wish you the very best and hope things work out for you. This is risky because you can permanently change the look of the tile. The other problem you will have with an etched ceramic floor tile after you strip a sealer is that even if the tile looks the same it will be much harder to clean than before. Ceramic tiles were never made to be sealed but there is a strong argument for sealing those porous grout lines that tend to collect and hold ugly dirt and soils. This basically acts on a porous hard surface like a fabric protector does on a couch. There are some wonderful grout sealing application tools that make this job easier.

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Putting your dream space on hold because you’re renting, on a tight budget, in a time crunch – or all three? A chic backdrop for entertaining awaits with the help of these easy-breezy guides. The adhesive will not stick properly with dust, grease or debris on the walls. As shown in the installation video, remember to remove outlet covers before you begin. There are very few peel and stick tiles on the market made with real stone and industrial-grade adhesive.

However, they’re good to use in the kitchen and behind bathroom vanities.

From kitchen, bathroom and laundry room backsplashes to feature walls in your bedroom and den, create the high-style look you’ve always wanted, before company arrives. Our step by step video is also at the ready with pro tips and insights. Also, to achieve a professional look, make sure the wall is level. Lastly, additional adhesives and grout are not required, so clean up is a cinch. You’re sure to find a handful of budget-friendly faves in the mix.

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It should be understood that applying sealers is as important a process as setting the tile. When it is applied, it reacts with the concrete, forming densifying crystals, that add a water resistant barrier. This will protect against water, and is an excellent grout release. Should oil fall on the surface; it will remain on the surface for a time (days) at normal temperatures. Most of the competitors require several coats to seal, and some never quite do the job. Not really noticeable, unless you have a dark colored stucco and the color must be precise. But as always with sealers; test some on an un-installed area before applying to your substrate. If they just sit on the surface as a one coat product would do, then vapor pressure could make them lift (delaminate), and you would not get the depth of enhancement, or stain protection. Dealers, and contractors are looking for something to replace old, inferior solvent based lacquers. Most tile setters do not wait more than a day, or two after grouting to seal tiles.

Then take another cup, and instead of adding water; mix it with the same amount of sealer. The water/ grout mixture will be hardened, while the sealer/ grout will be like sand.

A common sales pitch we hear about lacquer is. “it gives a beautiful dark look to the tiles”. Our film formering sealers only slightly darken the surface, while they enhance the natural colors, of your stone, and are breathable. If the surface darkens like it is getting wet, when you are applying; it is not sealed yet. Flashing could occur, where the sealer sets up on the surface, and does not penetrate into the surface. This is a reactive product, that forms a permanent bond with the stone or masonry surface. After surface is dry; allow enough time to assure surface is stable and no discolorations, or salt typ deposits return to the area.

The surface must also be visibly dry, so the sealer is absorbed into the substrate. The particle size of sealers usually leave small spaces approximately 1 micron, or smaller which lets vapor pressure breathe out of the substrate.

If the surface is not dry when you apply the sealer; capillary action does not draw the sealer into the surface. Also when a product is considered stain resistant; it still leaves the burden of good house cleaning on the end user. If you need to use an acid to remove mortar, or grout haze; use as weak a solution as necessary. If an acid has been used; be sure to read #8 (proper neautralizing), then rinse, and let dry. In the event of a strong solution of acid; you could actually end up with your sealer having the hardness of a crayon. Acid also breaks down concrete, clay and other types of masonry surfaces. Remember to properly pre-seal tiles to keep mortar, and grout from causing a problem that would require using acid. Efflorescence is that white chalky look that tiles, and concrete sometimes get. Use product to pre-grout, and after grouting, go back, and finish sealing with the product you started with. Some companies that produce water downed versions of sealers, tell you to first use their penetrating sealers, and then use a film-former (plastic sealer) on top.

Although there are some circumstances where the substrate is so porous that you can apply one coat of a penetrating sealer prior to an acrylic, or polyurethane; good care must be taken by prior testing, to ensure that the film former will properly absorbed into the surface. Your safest bet is to start with the product you want as your finish product. That is when the sealer does not lay down in an even coat and you see areas where the sealer is rejecting itself from the surface. One is to strip the old coating off, or if the law allows; you can re-apply an oil based coating. The semi-gloss and high gloss are acrylic modified and are stripped in the same manner as an acrylic. Therefore use of chemical respirators, good ventilation, protective clothing, and protective gloves are essential. The 848 can also be removed with a stripper, but is more difficult. Then after it is cured; test for water resistance, stain resistance, slip resistance, and any other properties which you are expecting the product to provide. You may not get proper penetration for the sealer to properly work. When you apply the coat where the surface does not darken, as if it is getting wet; then your job is sealed.

Remember to let the floor properly cure prior to expecting full performance.

If residue appears on the cloth, additional surface cleaning must be performed. We hear many stories of job failures, and disappointment with performance, yellowing, cracking and peeling. It is a product of the 1960’s, and was the best solution of it’s time. Again remember that acetone is not a very compatible solvent for lacquer.

One the evaporation rate of too much acetone causes rapid evaporation. So you get less protection, cracking, short life, and peeling occur. You do not get all the chemicals properly interacting with each other.

This sealer is a potassium siliconate, and type of reactive silioxane. You would not use this type of product on marble, or granite. A grout release means that if you install a porous tile, such as a paver; you must stop the porosity of the tile before you grout.

But when you clean it up; oil residual will remain in the upper layers of the finish. With ours, you will only experience a slight color change of the surface. They are harder plastics than the acrylics, and have a much higher melt point. The solvent free polyurethane side adds to the hardness and durability. Take a little grout in a small cup, and mix it with the amount of water you would add to your grout. We recommend waiting until grout is cured, and then get the extra added strength of our film forming sealers on your project. Also if you look carefully at the label of some solvent based lacquer , some actually tell you not to use where hydrostatic pressure (vapor pressure) exists. First it shines; then it darkens and yellows as it decays, loosing the color, and essence of the substrate, and peels. Breathable means that vapor pressure from below can work it’s way through the surface without delaminting it. When you apply the coat where it does not darken when it gets wet; then it is sealed.

It is used on all types of stones to provide excellent water, oil and stain resistance. It is a stand alone product, and should not be used with any other sealing product. Impregnators cost more than your average film-forming sealer to make, but not 10 times as much. This is especially important on floors where hydrostatic pressure may exist (vapor pressure from below the surface).

At the same time standing water, and stains, on the surface will be repelled from absorbing into the surface. In this case, the sealer will sit on the surface, and have nothing to grab into, and the sealer will lift. Even if a sealer repels a stain as it hits the surface; it will in many cases, loose some of it’s effectiveness as time goes on. If you do not neutralize after using acid, and then apply a sealer; the sealer will not cure to it’s maximum hardness. This would only happen with a very strong solution, that was not neutralized. These surfaces are healthy in an environment, when the ph is above neutral.

It is most often an alkaline minerals such as sodium oxides (inherent in clays, and mortars). Use a ph neutral treatment to clean efflorescence, never use an acid treatment. If you seal the surface too well, the penetrating sealer will be a bond breaker between the surface, and the sealer. Whatever you do; never use a pre-grout product to clog the pores that is not a sealer. If you apply a water based product to an oil-based product, you will see what is called cratering. Bear in mind, that strippers are products that melt plastic sealers. We recommend you seek professional help, if you are unsure about stripping your project. Thats why we tell you to read all instructions first, and test on un-instllaed piece.

Seal your test sample in the exact same manner you plan to seal your substrate. Also if you are not sure about the suitability of this product for your application; seek professional advice from a licensed application company, and ask for references.

It will seriously affect the hardness of the finish, and all other performance factors. After neutralization, the surface should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water several times to remove soluble salts. It should be collected by wet-vacuuming or absorbing with an inert material. A wet strip of red or neutral litmus paper should be applied to the surface, and if the litmus turns blue, no residual acid is present. The first problem with all lacquer is that it’s a non-breathable coating. It is not a good solvent for lacquer, but has it’s place in the formula, (in small amounts) because it evaporates better than toluene. This causes several problems such as flashing, which is where the sealer boils off on the surface, and does not get into the substrate.

Secondly since acetone is not a good solvent for lacquer; the formulation never quite melds together properly. Just picture making hot chocolate with cinnamon, and the mix never quite blends in completely.

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A tile sealer is made of a liquid substance that can be applied to a porous surface of your tile.

We’ve gathered a list of reviews of the best tile sealer in the market to give you an idea. First , you need to identify what kind of tiles you have installed in your house. To determine if your tile is porous or not, try applying a wet sponge on it and if the spot turns dark, it is porous. A surface sealant, on the other hand, enhances the natural color of your tile by adding a bit of sheen to the surface. Apply the sealer starting from one corner and work your way to the other side. After the surface and tile grout is evenly coated, allow the sealant to sit for at least 24 hours. This will help you compare each tile sealer so you know what kind of product is most appropriate for you. It did not leave any water spots on my kitchen tiles unlike the previous sealant. Since it is acid-free, it won’t be able to get rid of water spots on your shower floor but it works well with soap residues. I used in on my bathroom and it was able to remove old molds without any hassle.

If you have sensitive lungs or breathing problems, you should always use a mask. It is formulated with advanced fluorochemicals for maximum protection. It has double protection to maintain the interior and exterior surfaces of your tiles. I installed additional stones on my steps and it had a lighter color compared to the rest of the steps.

Some tiles are not meant to be used with a sealer as it may alter the color and degrade the quality of the tile. It is absorbed by the tile to create a protective armor against stains and other elements. Once applied, it produces a nonporous sealant to prevent stains from building-up. Since it is water-based, this sealant has a low odor so you won’t have to deal with a strong smell around your house. It works well with granite kitchen backsplash, countertops, and bathroom tiles. It effectively cleans the tile grout from build-up of dirt, oil, and grease. Spray it on the tile grout and wait for at least one to three minutes.

This cleaner can restore the original color of your tiles with just a few scrubs.

It is easy to apply, dries fast, and lasts up to a year before you need to reapply. It provides long-lasting protection for both interior and exterior tiles and grout. This sealer will last you a long time and is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. The sealant penetrates into the surface to enhance the natural appearance of the surface without any glossy finish. After applying this sealer, it transformed into a darker color which blended beautifully. It prevents grease and stains from penetrating the surface. It protects the surface of the stone to maintain its natural feature and appearance. This penetrating sealer protects the tile and grout from dirt, grease, oil, and other types of stain.

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It is great for resisting moisture once properly sealed, and it can help boost the value of your home. Sweep your floors every day to prevent an accumulation of tiny debris that can also cause damage. If anything spills on the stone, clean it up right away to prevent stains. The best cleaning product to use on natural stone is a specially formulated stone and tile floor cleaner. Before sealing granite, make sure you clean the surface well with a granite cleaner. Repeat this process two or three times, allowing the sealer to cure for 24 hours. A thorough cleaning can give your tiles new life and restore the shine. If the floor isn’t clean enough when the sealant is applied, it can trap dirt and debris.

However, one of the major benefits of granite tile flooring is that it’s easy to clean and maintain if you know how to care for natural stone properly. Always use doormats near exterior doors to prevent small particles from wearing into the stone. When you vacuum, only use an attachment that will not scratch the stone.

To prevent damage to your stone floors, never drag anything heavy across the floor. Never use common household cleaners on granite, as they can damage the stone. Use a nylon brush along the grout lines to agitate the dirt and debris.

While many homeowners seal their flooring once or twice a year, sealing more frequently helps maintain the quality of the stone. Next, spray the granite sealer on the surface in a three-foot section and immediately buff into the stone with a clean lint-free cloth. Make sure you don’t let the sealer dry on the surface of the stone, as it can cause hazing. If your granite floors look dull, it’s likely caused by an accumulation of dirt and soil.

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We were given several quotes and eventually were advised to replace our marble floors in full. Both he and his assistant were very thorough and worked tirelessly for 2 days (almost 10 hours each day) to polish and seal our floors.

Your stone tabletop is cracking and peeling, or your black granite countertop is fading. Our experienced stone restoration teams are professionals who can make your stone look new again!

The gloss is unbelievable, my house almost looks like a museum.

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