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DIY Guide To Cleaning And Sealing Of Quartzite Tiles

NATURAL STONE SEALER:
Natural Stone Sealer is a tried and tested weather proof solvent based sealer system, for natural stone and cement tiles. It is very simple to use and is suitable for most types of natural porous tiles. Natural Stone Sealer’s refined non-yellowing resin formula, is designed, for ease of application, protection offered and cost effectiveness. Natural Stone Sealer is both an impregnating and surface sealer so it colour enhances the tile and provides a beautiful sheen finish. Natural Stone Sealer is a breathable sealer. That means it may be applied to areas that have a slight hydrostatic pressure problem. Natural Stone Sealer dries quickly and cures quicker than most other un-accelerated sealers. 
 
Directions:
This product is flammable. Keep away from open flames and sources of ignition.
  1. Read all instructions and tips before the application so that you can plan the application correctly.
  2. Mask off any adjacent surfaces that need to be protected during the application.
  3. Test for desired results in an inconspicuous area before continuing the application.
  4. Shake or stir well before use
  5. Ensure that surface is clean and free from grout, cement, oil, wax, and other stains. (Clean with the correct Tile & Floor Care product if necessary).
  6. Ensure that the surface and grouting are uniformly dry before application. Wait 24 hours after washing before applying the sealer.
  7. Using a suitable applicator apply an even coat of Natural Stone Sealer to the surface. Do not allow bubbles or pooling.
  8. Allow to dry for 2 hours between coats, and then apply another (thin) coat. In most cases a minimum of 2 coats is necessary.
  9. Apply more coats at 2 hour intervals (if required), until a uniform even sheen is achieved.
 
Tips:
  1. Do not use applicators that cause bubbles like paint rollers.
  2. Use a lint free cloth or a sheepskin applicator.
  3. Should you have any doubt or queries please phone Tile & Floor Care for advice.
  4. Do not apply while the floor is still damp.
  5. Allow 2-4 days after laying the tile before sealing.
  6. Store and use between temperatures of 5°C – 30°C.
  7. Do not dilute.

 

DEEP SEAL:
Tile & Floor Care Deep Seal is a durable twin pack urethane sealer with extra stain resistance. Deep Seal penetrates and bonds with the tile thereby strengthening, sealing and protecting the tile from wear and tear. Deep Seal is suitable for low to medium porosity tiles e.g. Low porosity Terracotta, Black Slate, Marble, Granite & Porcelain. Deep Seal enhances the natural colour of the tile and dries to matt/sheen finish. Deep Seal is UV stable and may be used for interior and exterior applications. Deep Seal is pre measured so as to allow easy accurate mixing. 
 
Directions:
  1. Read all instructions and tips before continuing the application.
  2. Mask off any adjacent surfaces that need to be protected during the application.
  3. Test for desired results in an inconspicuous area before continuing the application.
  4. Ensure that the tile is clean and free from grout, cement, oil, wax and other stains. (clean with the correct Tile & Floor Care products), and remember to neutralize if the floor has been cleaned with acid. Rinse thoroughly with clean fresh water.
  5. Ensure that the tile is totally dry before applying the sealer. (Wait approx. 48 hours after cleaning).
  6. Mix the required amount of sealer by adding 1 part B (catalyst) to 4 part A ( urethane)
  7. Using a suitable applicator apply a thin even coat of Deep Seal
  8. Wait for the coat to dry approx 2 to 4 hours.
  9. Apply a second and third coat if necessary.
  10. Allow to cure before trafficking approx 12 hours.
 
Tips:
  1. Thin coats are essential when using Deep Seal on high porosity tiles.
  2. Allow 10 – 14 days after laying the tile before sealing.
  3. Do not pre-seal tiles when using Deep Seal.
  4. Do not use paint rollers. Use a lint free cloth or sheepskin applicator to apply Deep Seal.
  5. Do not apply while floor is still damp.
  6. Do not allow water on the floor for 48 hours after sealing.
  7. Pot life of product once mixed is 4 hours.

 

Cleaning and sealing of Quartzite tiles with Tile & Floor Care Products.
After laying:
During grouting make sure all excess grout is removed from the surface with a damp clean cloth or sponge and fresh clean water. Washing grout and residues off the surface with dirty water and / or cloth or sponge does not clean the surface. Any grout residues will impair the finish after sealing and will result in a very expensive repair. Clean with Tile and Floor Care Easy Clean (neutralizer) to ensure a residue free surface.
Choosing a sealer:
When choosing a sealer, one would need to ensure that the sealer you choose will give you the desired finish e.g. matt, satin, gloss or natural with colour enhancement or not. Each sealer gives a different finish to the tile and protects the tile in a different manner. If in doubt phone Tile and Floor Care for free advise on 0800 006173 / 011 822 6901                                                                                                                                                      

 

INVISIBLE SEALER:
Invisible Sealer is an invisible clear silicone sealer that will maintain the natural look of the tile. Invisible sealer may be used on LOW POROSITY tiles only (eg: low porosity terracotta, granite, marble, travertine and porcelain), and will repel water and most oils. Invisible Sealer is suitable for interior and exterior applications. Invisible Sealer impregnates the tile and therefore maintains the anti-slip properties of the tile.
 
Directions:
This product is flammable. Keep away from open flames and sources of ignition.
  1. Read all instructions and tips before the application so that you can plan the application correctly.
  2. Mask off any adjacent surfaces that need to be protected during the application.
  3. Test for desired results in an inconspicuous area before continuing the application.
  4. Ensure that the tile is clean and free from all residues, detergents, grout, cement, oil, wax and other stains. (Prepare with the correct Tile & Floor Care products).
  5. Ensure that the tile is totally dry before applying the sealer (if unsure wait +- 48 hours after cleaning).
  6. Shake or stir well before use.
  7. Using a suitable applicator, apply a thick, even coat of Invisible Sealer. BUFF ANY EXCESS SEALER FROM THE SURFACE AFTER 5 MINUTES. Use a clean terry/mutton cloth or paper toweling.
  8. Wait for the sealer to dry for +- 2hours.
  9. After 2 hours test to determine if surface is totally sealed by applying water droplets to the surface. If water is absorbed (tile darkens), apply an additional coat. Wait 2 hours and repeat test.
  10. Apply coats as determined by the rule above if necessary.
  11. Allow to dry before trafficking. (+-2 hours). Cure time is 48 hours.
  12. Clean applicator tools with turps/mineral spirits after each use.
 
Tips & Tricks:
  1. Do not use applicators that cause bubbles like paint rollers.
  2. Use a lint free cloth, “paint pad” or a sheepskin applicator to apply Invisible Sealer.
  3. Do not apply while the floor is still damp.
  4. Allow 2-4 days after laying the tile before sealing.
  5. Store and use between temperatures of 5°C – 30°C.
  6. If pre-sealing tiles when using Invisible Sealer:
- Do not allow spillage down the sides of the tile.
- Do not allow water on the floor for 24 hours after sealing.
 
TOP SEAL:
Top Seal is a tough and durable surface sealer that protects a tile’s surface from wear and tear and staining. Top Seal may be used on terracotta, slate, sandstone, natural stone, cement, and vinyl tiles. Top Seal is used whenever protection from trafficking is required. Top Seal is easy to apply and will quickly dry to a gloss finish. Top Seal is suitable for interior and exterior application. 
 
Directions:
  1. Read all instructions and tips before the application so that you can plan the application correctly.
  2. Mask off any adjacent surfaces that need to be protected during the application.
  3. Test for desired results in an inconspicuous area before continuing the application.
  4. Ensure that the tile is clean and free from grout, cement, oil, wax and other stains (Clean with the correct Tile & Floor Care product if necessary).
  5. Ensure that the tile is dry enough to accept the sealer (wait approx. 8 hours after cleaning).
  6. Shake or stir well before use.
  7. Using a suitable applicator apply a liberal coat of Top Seal. Do not allow pooling.
  8. Wait approx. 4 hours for the coat to dry.
  9. Apply a second coat or a third coat if necessary.

 

Tips & Tricks:

  1. Do not use paint rollers.
  2. Use a lint free cloth, a sheepskin applicator or a “paint pad” to apply Top Seal.
  3. Do not apply while the floor is still damp.
  4. Do not apply to hot tiles in direct sunlight.
  5. Allow 2 - 4 days after laying the tile before sealing.
  6. Pre-sealing is only recommended for cement tiles.
  7. Do not dilute.
NameInvisible SealerTop SealNatural Stone SealerDeep Seal
TypeSiliconeAcrylicAcrylicUrethane
BaseSolventWaterSolventSolvent
UseInterior & ExteriorInterior & ExteriorInterior & ExteriorInterior & Exterior
FinishNaturalGloss/SheenSatinMatt
Colour EnhancementNo Colour enhancementMinimal Colour enhancementConsiderable colour changeConsiderable colour change
Coverage± 12 - 20m² per 1L± 10 - 15m² per 1L± 7 - 12m² per 1L± 7 - 12m² per 1L
Maintenance
Interior: Maxi Shine (gloss finish)
Daily Cleaning: Quick Clean
Interior: Maxi Shine (gloss finish)
Exterior: Easy Seal (sheen finish)
Daily Cleaning: Quick Clean
Daily Cleaning: Quick CleanDaily Cleaning: Quick Clean
Wash & Seal
48 hours between
washing & sealing
Same day if tile has
dried sufficiently
48 hours between
washing & sealing
48 hours between
washing & sealing

 

For advise on sealing, phone Tile and Floor Care on 0800 00 6173

 

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