Rocatex Satin Finish Sealer is an easy-to-apply, low maintenance, self-shine, satin finish, film forming acrylic sealer. It enhances colour and texture, protects against staining and stubborn dirt, and is easy to maintain. It is suitable for brick, concrete, paving and travertine, limestone, unpolished marble, sandstone, slate, terracotta, terrazzo. It is designed for internal applications only and not areas such as wet rooms and shower enclosures.
Rocatex Polished Stone Sealer is a colourless and easy-to-apply impregnating sealer that helps to protect against staining. It strongly repels water, oil, grease and allows surfaces to breathe. The product is suitable for polished stone, granite, marble, limestone and slate tiles as well as fireplaces and worktops; for both internal and external applications.
Rocatex Grout & Cement Remover is a rapid action cleaning agent for removing cement residues, grout stain, efflorescence and other similar deposits from glazed and unglazed ceramics, slate, quarry tiles, brick, terracotta and stone.
Rocatex Tile & Stone Cleaner is a liquid soap containing a trace of linseed oil specially formulated to clean without damaging the most delicate surfaces. Intended for use on travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate, marble, porcelain, granite, terracotta, quarry tiles and flagstones, it has a fresh, clean fragrance. It is suitable for use on both sealed and unsealed, polished and unpolished surfaces.
T: 0844 499 0049 W: www.rocatex.com
Everbuild’s Geo-Fix Stone Protector contains a fluoro-resin formula developed to provide highly effective, long lasting protection to natural stone and mineral surfaces.
T: 0113 240 3456 W: www.everbuild.co.uk
N&C Nicobond Water Based Sealer provides protection against stains and spills for natural stone tiles. The sealer puts an invisible protection on tiles preserving their natural appearance and will help enhance their durability. A vapour-permeable barrier is formed that resists water and oil-based stains.
Nicobond Colour Intensifier & Sealer is a water-based, high performance sealer and enhancer that brings out the natural colour of stone and leaves a high sheen to the surface. It seals and protects against water penetration and liquid spills, It is suitable for all polished and unpolished natural stone.
Nicobond Tile Cleaner is a gentle but powerful cleaner that will help maintain wall and floor tiles in their original state, without leaving any residues.
Nicobond Grout & Cement Remover is an acid-based cleaner ideal for removing grout residues, building site dirt, efflorescence, rust stains and lime deposits.
Nicobond Tile & Stone Polish will leave tiles with a deep lustre and is ideal to revive dull floors. It will re-polish traffic patterns, scratches, abrasions and some surface stains. It is suitable for indoor use on all ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles.
Nicobond Limescale Remover is designed to remove lime scale and calcium deposits found on toilets, taps, tiles and sinks, and also kills germs. This fast acting formula grips the surface for longer to effectively remove limescale.
Nicobond Grout Protector protects grout from all types of stains and spills. Once treated, this product helps minimise water penetration.
Nicobond Stain Remover is designed to remove wax deposits and unwanted stains from tiles without leaving any residue.
Nicobond Solvent Based Sealer provides stain protection for polished surfaces while preserving the natural appearance of the tile. Ideal for porcelain, it forms a vapour-permeable barrier that resists water and oil-based stains.
T: 0845 605 1345 W: www.nichollsandclarke.com
Designed to provide an invisible spray-on protective coating to all porous materials, such as ceramic tiles, grouts, silicone sealants and natural stone, Norcros Easyseal imparts a barrier into the fabric of the treated material that prevents liquid spills from penetrating through the surface, allowing them to be wiped away. It protects against most forms of water, oil, soap based spillages, tea, coffee, fruit juice, alcoholic drinks, shampoos, shower and bath gels. It also guards grouts against discolouration.
T: 01782 524140 W: www.nxadh.co.uk
Developed by Dry-Treat, Meta Creme is billed as the next generation of sealing technology: an invisible and breathable impregnating sealer for protecting natural stone, tiles, pavers, concrete and grout.
Dry-Treat says it has achieved two main goals in developing Meta Creme. The first is performance, durability and protection that surpasses all existing standards; and the second is environmental responsibility, not just by today’s standards but tomorrow’s.
Meta Creme starts working immediately on contact with the surface. Self assembling components enter through the tiny capillaries present in all porous building materials to deeply connect on a microscopic level to the subsurface. The treatment becomes permanently part of the material itself, causing damaging liquids, such as oil and water-borne salts, to be repelled. It retains the natural colour and finish of the surface, while providing super oil and water repellency for superior stain protection.
Super penetration is claimed to create a large water and oil-repelling barrier, that provides protection against stains and many serious problems, including efflorescence, picture framing, spalling and freeze-thaw damage.
Easy, one coat application makes cleaning easier and keeps surface looking new for longer; controls moss and mildew growth. The products is also breathable, suitable for indoor or outdoor use,.food contact safe and alkali resistant. It can also seal hairline cracks up to 0.3mm and will maintain a superior gloss level when used on highly polished surfaces.
This environmentally responsible, low VOC sealer makes cleaning easier so users use less cleaning chemicals. The creation of a permanent-bonding impregnating sealer that is also low VOC is claimed to be a world first. Ecologically-sensitive, recyclable packaging completes the offer.
Hanafinn Rejuvenata Active from Dry Treat is an active enzyme cleaner concentrate for natural stone including polished marble, tile, grout, brick and other hard surfaces.
It is suitable for a wide variety of applications, including building facades, floors, walls, swimming pool surrounds, patios, garages, kitchens and entertaining areas.
Hanafinn Rejuvenata Active contains three types of natural active enzymes that quickly break down oils, grime, food residue, bacteria and mould. It is environmentally responsible and safer to use than many traditional chemical cleaners.
It should be diluted 1:10 with water for heavy duty cleaning, and up to 1:40 for light mopping
T: 0800 096 4760 W: www. drytreat.com
HG’s Natural Stone Impregnating Protector is a special pre-treatment for marble and other types of natural stone such as travertine, bluestone, etc. but is also suitable for concrete tiles with pieces of stone incorporated, such as granite and marble composite. This product is absorbed deep in the pores of the stone, therefore rendering it less absorbent. This prevents penetration of dirt and grease stains, without affecting the original character of the natural stone or sealing the floor off from moisture from below, ensuring the floor can continue to “breathe”.
HG’s Natural Stone Impregnating Protector can be safely used on all highly polished and unpolished surfaces. One litre is enough for 10 to 50 sq. metres of floor, depending on porosity
HG’s Limex cement, mortar & efflorescence remover removes stubborn cement and mortar residues from all types of porous and non-porous tiles, flagstones and non-calciferous natural stone types such as Norwegian slate, granite and quartzite.
T: 01206 795200 W: www.hg.eu
LTP offers a range of specialist products for specific applications. LTP Grout & Tile Protector forms a colourless barrier that helps protect porous wall and floor grout joints from penetration of water,dirt,oil,grease and limescale making treated surfaces easier to keep clean. It is ideal for use in wet rooms and shower enclosures. Used as a top coat this product is an easy way to further protect natural stone and all other types of masonry surface. Overspray on most surfaces will completely dissipate and not leave any hard to remove residue. When sealing a porous stone it is advisable to use a suitable liquid impregnator such as LTP Mattstone or LTP Colour Intensifier before finishing with LTP Grout & Tile Protector to achieve the best results.
LTP Glaze Protector is a low maintenance self shine sealer for interior use only. It is highly resistant to wear and stains. Suitable for glazed ceramic and porcelain, unpolished porcelain and vitrified quarry tiles, it protects and embellishes the surface, creating a ‘just washed’ look.
LTP Floorshine cleans and protects in one application to renovate dull looking floors. Regular use will also help to reinforce protection on surfaces sealed with LTP Ironwax Gloss, LTP Ironwax Satin and LTP Glaze Protector.
According to LTP, white patches appearing on newly installed Basalt tiles is quite a common problem. In geological terms, basalt is quite a young volcanic stone. When volcanic eruptions take place and volcanic material is formed, excess argon gas can get trapped within lava flows. This argon is held primarily in lattice vacancy defects within the minerals that form to make basalt. These pockets of argon gas are sometimes released when the stone is quarried, cut into blocks, sawn into slabs and then honed on the surface to make it ready for use as a cladding and tiling material. This ensures that Basalt has an extensive capillary make up.
Moisture and polymer from adhesive used to complete installations can be drawn up through the natural capillaries within the stone. This can release minerals and salts from within the stone, causing a light bloom or haze from within. In this instance, there is no chemical cure or cleaner that will remove the stains from the stone.
It is also common to see grout floated across the surface. This will often fill some of the open capillaries, contributing towards a mottled and uneven appearance. In this case, grout on the surface can be removed using a chemical cleaner but grout that has settled within the open pores is likely to be impossible to remove. No amount of scrubbing or cleaning will make any difference. In both cases any additional sealing would only further highlight the marks left by the adhesive and the grout.
LTP advises that there are two alternative approaches to addressing this issue:
For surface grout stains, attempt to clean back the surface of the tile with a specialist intensive cleaner, such as LTP Grout Stain Remover, and reseal. First trial a small area (single tile) to establish if this approach will result in a more satisfactory finish:
Thorough cleaning with LTP Grout Stain Remover will effectively etch the surface of the stone and should dry to leave a more even appearance. This treatment will change the texture of the stone, making it feel a little rougher. Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry. Re-seal using LTP Mattstone H20; applying as many coats as necessary to achieve saturation. Do not let the solution dry on the surface and remove any visible excess from the surface within 20 minutes.
Where staining has been caused by moisture drawn up through the stone, or grout cannot be removed, the only option is to remove and replace the tiles.
To avoid this issue when new Basalt stone is fitted, make sure that the underside of the stone tile is sealed before laying. Use a good quality water-based sealer, such as LTP Mattstone H20. After laying, and before grouting, seal the surface of the stone with as many coats as necessary to reach saturation point. Before completing the general application of grout, test a small area for grout ingress. Grout ingress is caused when grout material is forced into the surface of the stone during the grouting process and can be difficult to remove. If grout material is absorbed, then a further coat of sealer may be required before proceeding.
Once all residual grout has been removed, and surfaces are clean and dry, finish with a further coat of sealer making sure to cover the grout joints as well.
T: 01823 666213 W: www.ltp-online.co.uk
Available from Seal Britannia, Seal-Guard Aerosol is billed as the finest grout and tile sealer available on the market today, now in an easy to use aerosol can. Seal-Guard repels both oil and water based stains and is non-yellowing. The convenient aerosol sprayer makes Seal-Guard applications clean and simple.
Seal-Guard Impregnator for Porcelain & Stone is a low odour impregnator to help prevent oil and water-based staining on all tile and masonry surfaces. This product was specifically formulated for use on porcelain, but is excellent on granite, marble, sandstone, pavers, and terracotta. For both interior and exterior use.
Sure-Clean Porcelain and Stone Cleaner was specifically developed to dissolve waxes and grout residue from the surface of porcelain tiles and other stone surfaces. Because it contains no acid, it can be safely used on all highly polished and unpolished surfaces. It is a surface preparation only and thus does not penetrate and weaken the masonry substrate like acids.
Seal-Guard Gold Label is a penetrating sealer for grout, tile and masonry surfaces. This quick drying impregnator in liquid form uses the same formulation as the award-winning aerosol. It is suitable for all types of tile and masonry surfaces, including grout, quarry tile, sandstone, terracotta, limestone, stucco, concrete, porcelain, marble and granite.
T: 0800 046 7941 W: www.sealbritannia.com
Universeal Grout Restorer is a non-solvent cleaning agent designed to remove organic soiling, grease, fat and general dirt. It is formulated to bind all these contaminates together, making their removal quick and easy by simply washing away with water, leaving grouting and tiles bright and hygienically clean again.
Universeal Grout Restorer is easy and safe to work with. It is an alkaline cleaning agent that contains powerful clinging agents which in turn allows the product to remain on vertical surfaces, such as tiled walls, long enough for it to work effectively without running. It returns grouting to its original colour and removes grease build ups around kitchen hobs etc.
Universeal Power Cleaner is a heavy duty cleaner formulated for use on most hard surfaces, such as ceramic tiles, porcelain and most types of natural and artificial stone.
Universeal Rapid All-in-1 Impregnator & Sealer is a VOC-compliant solvent-based sealer that can be applied to all types of stone immediately after installation, leaving no hard-to-remove residue; drying rapidly and invisibly. It penetrates to protect all types of natural stone, travertine, terracotta, limestone, marble, granite, sandstone and many other product types against oil and water-based stains.
The formula of Universeal Rapid All-in-1 may be applied to damp stone and grout immediately after installation.
Universeal Ultimate Stone Enhancer is a water-based colour enhancer and impregnator that penetrates into the surface of the stone to protect against oil and water based stains.
Universeal Ultimate Stone Enhancer can be applied to grout, tumbled marble, limestone, slate, quarry tiles, sandstone & most types of masonry and porous surfaces.
This product is not recommended for use on highly polished, glazed/ceramic and non-porous surfaces. Universeal Ultimate Stone Enhancer can be applied 24 hours after installation process.
T: 02380 302562 W: www.universealsealants.co.uk
Fila’s solvent-free, stain-proofing protector – Fila MP90 Eco Plus – offers a high performance impregnating seal, with additional on-site benefits. Part of Fila’s award-winning Green Line, the LEED-approved sealant is designed for natural stone and polished porcelain surfaces. It can be applied internally and externally, and is suitable for use on food contact surfaces. The solvent-free formula provides a safe, fume-free application; it also allows treatment of surfaces where residual moisture is present, cutting application time by up to 80%.
In addition to safety and application benefits, Fila MP90 Eco Plus is non-film forming and has a very low VOC content. It provides lasting protection against water and oil-based stains, without altering a tile’s appearance, and can also provide weather and anti-graffiti protection.
The versatile treatment is available in 250ml, one litre and five litre containers. One litre provides approx. 30 sq. metres coverage on stone and 40 sq. metres coverage on porcelain.
Fila’s high performance range is ISO 14001 certified and is the ‘number one’ surface care solution, recommended by 200 leading brands. T: 01584 877286 W: www.filasolutions.com/en
Tikko Products includes a complete comprehensive interrelated series of products for all natural, semi-natural stone and man-made hard surfaces. Specifically developed for natural stone and marble. Tikko systems are said to show superior results, from pre-treatment and initial clean up, through to protection, ongoing maintenance and refinishing; while the regular use of the Tikko system is claimed to ensure the lasting beauty of stone flooring.
Tikko Products’ Cement and Grout Residue Remover removes cement and mortar grout residue, lime deposits, efflorescence residues and other heavy soiling from acid-resistant surfaces. Not suitable for use on polished surfaces, it can be used to clean porcelain tiles, quarry tiles and natural stone.
T: 0845 652 4111 W: www.tikkoproducts.com
Trimline offers a range of sealants and cleaning formulations including Vulcaseal, HG, LTP, Universeal, Johnson’s and Lithofin. Vulcaseal SR335 is a slip-resistant treatment for all stone and tile surfaces. It ensures that with one easy application, slippery surfaces become low slip.
Vulcaseal SR335 can be applied to mineral surfaces, ceramic slabs, concrete, marble, terrazzo, tiles or enamel. It is intended for use in factories, communal areas, nursing homes, entrance halls, gyms, swimming pool surrounds, pedestrian crossings, kitchens, shower units and bathtubs and anywhere the floors are slippery, especially when wet.
Vulcaseal SR335 uses the silica contained in materials, but it proceeds with a chemical reaction that will schematically graft new molecules on the existing ones in the support. This gives an anti-slip effect that is greater and longer lasting with minimal change to the surface.
Vulcaseal V250 is a powerful aerosol grout sealer that provides an instant 20-year stain protection. It offers easy spry-on application and can be applied immediately after grouting.
Vulcaseal V250 penetrates into absorbent wall and floor grout joints. This process fills the pores and capillaries of the grout. It also creates a repelling effect; preventing the immediate penetration of water based dirt, oil and grease. It provides effective protection against staining. Expected durability can be up to 20 years dependant on the type of surface and use of the treated material. Vertical surfaces will have extended longevity, whereas floor grout joints will wear and have variable results.
Trimline says off-the-shelf household cleaning products should be avoided, as these can contain harmful caustics and bleaches, which can affect the treatment’s performance and longevity.
T: 020 8778 9000 W: www.trimlinegroup.com
HG Cement Grout Film Remover removes cement residue from all types of porous and non-porous ceramic tiles, flagstones and non-calciferous natural stones, such as Norwegian slate, granite and quartzite. The product is said to dissolve cement from the tile surface but not the cement from the grout.
Dark stones, such as the darker granite varieties, Belgian bluestone, etc, that are subject to wear and tear can become matt and dull, with grey-coloured patches. HG Colour Intensifier for granite, blue stone and other natural stone types re-enhances the colour of this stone and brings it back to life.
It also impregnates, nourishes and protects stone against dirt and staining but will not make the surface slippery or harm the natural breathing process of the stone. The stone is walkable again after four hours and can bear loads after three days
HG Extreme Power Cleaner is a powerful cleaner for the removal of stubborn staining and old wax, polish and other protective films on floor tiles, flagstones and all types of natural stone.
HG Grout Cleaner Concentrate removes persistent dirt from grout. Any yellow or brown dirt that remains after cleaning is limescale, which can be removed with HG professional limescale remover (hagesan blue). For black deposits on grout, please use HG mould spray.
HG Grout Cleaner Concentrate is also available as a ready-to-use version.
HG Polished Tile Cleaner is a freshly scented, concentrated mopping cleaner developed specially for regular, easy and quick, streak-free cleaning of all types of gloss tile floors and floors made of non-calciferous natural stone.
HG Tile Protective Coating Satin Finish is an easily applied liquid polymer emulsion for all types of floor tiles, flagstones and slate. When dry, this emulsion forms a slightly glossy, super-thin yet extremely strong protective film that protects tiles against stains, dirt, scratches and wear, while also enhancing the colour and structure. It also has an anti-slip effect.
T: 01206 822744 W: http://uk.hg.eu
BAL Microshield is an antibacterial tile cleaner for walls and floors. It is sued to renew the appearance of existing grouts, dry or wet in interior or exterior applications. This white formulation, comes in a 750ml size and features Microban antibacterial protection to inhibit the growth of bacteria and black mould.
T: 01782 591100 W: www.bal-adhesives.com
Mapei’s Kerapoxy Cleaner is a special cleaning solution for epoxy grout, suitable for cleaning operations after completing laying work and for removing traces and stains of epoxy grout (such as Kerapoxy, Kerapoxy p, Kerapoxy Design and Kerapoxy CQ) from the surface of ceramic and glass coverings.
T: 0121 508 6970 W: www.mapei.com
Stone Care Europe’s Easy To Use Kit is a maintenance kit for all natural stone surfaces including bathrooms, kitchen slate, marble and granite worktops, slate fire hearths, table tops and small floor areas.
It comprises one 200 ml bottle of stone clean detergent, one 200 ml bottle of acqua seal anti stain treatment, one 200 ml bottle of cream stone polish detergent, one pair of rubber gloves and two usable white cloths.
T: 0845 612 0317 W: www.stone-care-europe.com
Genesis’s Grout Joint Cleaner cleans old and dirty grout. It is a blend of detergents, acids and thickeners that allow the product to cling to walls and targeted areas of floors, thereby giving the chemicals time to purge dirt from the grout restoring the grout to its original finish. It is recommended that the grout be sealed with Genesis Grout Seal once it is clean.
Genesis’s Invisible Sealer is a clear silicone sealer that will maintain the natural look of the tile. It is suitable for all low porous tiles such as granite, marble and porcelain, and even low porous terracotta, repelling water and most oils. Invisible Sealer is UV stable and suitable for both interior and exterior applications. The sealer impregnates the tile and maintains the anti-slip properties of the tile.
T: 01642 713000 W: www.genesisfloorcare.co.uk
Rubi RO-80 Grout Whitener whitens quickly, comfortably and efficiently, sealing in wall and floor tiles for kitchens and bathrooms It is specially made for cleaning all types of residue from grout joints and allows easy application both horizontally and vertically through the sponge shape dispenser, helping to spread the product evenly on the grout.
Rubi RC-12 Grout Cleaner cleans all types of stains and dirt on cement based grouts. Ideal for cleaning dirt from cement based joints (not epoxy), flooring and coatings on porcelain and ceramic tiles, etc, it is packaged with a special nozzle to provide more effective application of the product and reduce waste.
Rubi RC-21 Polished Surface Stain Remover removes coffee, wine, soft drink stains, etc, from non-porous materials. It is ideal for removing all types of stains, fat, organic matter and oils, like wine, coffee, soft drinks, and even permanent markers and pens. Its formula has been specifically designed for those with very low porosity surface;s such as porcelain tiles, glazed tiles, polished marble and granite, travertine, polished terrazzo, etc.
Rubi RW-71 Low Porous Surface Polishing Wax is a self-shining wax with high durability and footfall resistance.
It is designed to create a high gloss look on low porosity surfaces such as polished marble, travertine, polished terrazzo, slate, etc. Once applied, it provides a high resistance to traffic and polishing isn’t required.
Rubi RC-30 Surface Cleaner is ideal for cleaning and maintaining delicate surfaces, such as polished natural stone, stoneware, polished terrazzo, hydraulic mosaic, etc. Its careful formulation and neutral pH allow regular maintenance of these surfaces without any damage occurring, even when they have been waxed or glazed. Its pleasant fragrance lasts for several hours after cleaning.
Rubi RC-20 General Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser effectively cleans oil/fat spots and old layers of wax on the most common surfaces. This formula also provides highly effective cleaning of grease and oil stains of both animal and vegetable origin. It is also good at removing remains of old wax.
Rubi RC-10 Cement Remover effectively removes excess cement and mortar from various floor materials. Specially made for cleaning cement, mortar, tile cement and any limestone base substance; it is also suitable for spot cleaning of efflorescence on brick walls, terraces or baked tiles, etc.
Rubi RO-84 Bath & Shower Silicone Cleaner effectively removes existing black spots from baths and showers. Designed for an effective cleaning in shower and bath silicone joints that have blackening, it is packaged as a handy spray gun allowing for quick and efficient application while minimizing product waste.
Rubi Stoneware Cleaner & Stain Remover is ideal for removing glue, coffee, fruit juice, blackening, lemon, vinegar, pollution, rust and plaster residue and stains from ceramics, porcelain, facing brickwork, klinker and natural stone.
This stone stain remover does not contain abrasives or other agents that could attack the stone, therefore it may be used with complete safety. It is suitable for cleaning facades and monuments and for restoring floors (terrazzo, stoneware, porcelain stoneware, stone, etc).
T: 01708 559609 W: www.rubi.com
Available from QEP, Vitrex Heavy Duty Tile Cleaner removes grout, limescale, adhesive residue and cement film from newly laid tiles, providing a deep clean prior to polishing.
Vitrex Tile Clean & Shine cleans and provides a protective shine to tiles in one application. It is said to enhance the texture and colour of all tiles.
Vitrex Tile Cleaner & Disinfectant PH Neutral Maintenance Cleaner is a safe multi-purpose cleaner developed for both the industrial and domestic market. It removes a multitude of stains without the need for alkalies, acids, bleaches and solvents.
Vitrex Marble & Slate Cleaner has been specially formulated to clean whilst providing a protective shine. Improves the natural colour and texture of marble & slate tiles.
Some natural tiles are porous and need to be sealed to prevent staining. Fixers should seal prior to grouting to protect against grout stains, and seal again after installation to prevent stains from everyday spills.
Vitrex Tile Seal & Protect provides a colourless and completely natural finish on wall and floor surfaces. It seals and impregnates mechanically polished tiles, such as polished porcelain, and prevents any spillages seeping in to surface and causing a permanent stain.
Vitrex Tile Sealer protects natural, unglazed tiles against stains from everyday spills such as coffee and red wine. For use on porous tiles prior to re-waxing.
It is possible to enhance the natural beauty and durability of all tiles with polishing products that improve the brilliance of tile colour and texture, and also protect against everyday stains.
Vitrex Tile Colour Enhancer All-in-One Colour Intensifier & Impregnator is a solvent-based colour enhancer and impregnator that penetrates into the surface of the stone to enhance the natural colour and texture and protect against oil- and water-based stains.
T: 01253 789180
Pro-Clean Tile, Stone and Grout Cleaner from Tile Doctor is a stripper and degreaser for heavily soiled and neglected tile, stone or grout. This concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline formulation is diluted with 3 to 5 parts water to use as an effective cleaner that removes grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. Dilute with two-parts water for the stripping of synthetic and acrylic waxes and floor finishes
According to Tile Doctor, grouts are porous and, as a result, they easily absorb grease, dirt and lime scale. Spillages, such as wine, lemonades or greasy substances, will cause marks and patches in the joints in the floor. Grout between wall-tiles, particularly in damp areas like bathrooms, will become dirty and unattractive as a result of mould, mildew and limescale.
Mould is one of the most unsightly problems, which usually starts off in the wettest area of the room, this could be the bottom of the shower or bath, then starts to spread and if left unchecked could cover a large area of the wall.
Discolouration of grout joints in bath or shower areas due to continued use of acid formulated shampoos and soaps. This causes yellow orange and pink stains to the grout over even a short period of time.
The answer is to protect the grout using a sealer. Although relatively unknown in the UK, protection awareness is growing. Sealing forms an invisible barrier between the grout and the surface, that will protect grout for years to come.
Grout Doctor Wall Grout Sealer Spray is a water-based grout sealer that prevents water, oil and acid based contaminants from spoiling the appearance and colour of grout yet allows moisture vapour transmission. It reduces maintenance and is transparent so it will not to affect the colour of the grout.
It is recommended for use on cementations sanded and unsanded grout joints in interior or exterior ceramic tile installations.
Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer is a solvent-based colour intensifying sealer that provides durable surface protection as well as allowing the surface to breath and enhancing the grout’s colour.
It can be used on unpolished surfaces including flagstones, flamed granite, limestone, marble, quarry tiles, sandstone, slate (riven and semi-riven), travertine and Victorian floor tiles.
Colour Grow is suitable for both internal and external applications and is recommended for areas where no damp proof course is evident.
Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up contains concentrated hydrochloric acid and cleaner designed to penetrate below the surface to remove light grout smears (grout haze), mineral deposits, rust stains and efflorescence. This product is also effective in the removal of most hard water stains, lime deposits and soap scum.
It is recommended for use on masonry surfaces, ceramic and porcelain tiles and acid-resistant stone such as sandstone and slate.
Travertine tile is a natural material that has unique features that no other stone can offer. The distinctive design of Travertine creates some of the most distinguished floor tiles. Travertine is ideal for commercial and residential use. It can be used for floor tile, kitchen flooring, bathroom wall tile, bathroom floor tile, and it is often used externally.
When it comes to Travertine tile maintenance, Tile Doctor suggests removing any excess sealer before cleaning with Tile Doctor Remove & Go sealer remover.
Use Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Stone, tile and grout cleaner to effectively clean tiles. Remove any cleaning solution using a wet-dry vac machine (any cleaning solution left on the surface may impact the performance of the sealer) then neutralise floor with clean water prior to sealing, remove with a wet-dry Vac machine and allow to dry for 12 hours or more.
To restore a deep polish on Travertine use burnishing pads in conjunction with a buffing machine.
The company says that most sealers break down after two to three years (depending on usage and cleaning products used) so for regular cleaning use a sealer friendly cleaning product such as Neutral Tile Cleaner which has been especially formulated for the regular cleaning of Sealed Stone and Tile surfaces keeping them fresh with a pleasant mint scent.
T: 0845 652 4652
Lithofin styles itself as the original specialist products for cleaning, sealing and maintaining ceramics, porcelain, natural and artificial stone, terracotta, quarry and quartz composite.
Lithofin is produced by Lithofin AG in Germany, an internationally recognised authority on the subject of sealing and maintaining tile and stone surfaces. High quality is at the heart of the brand providing supremely effective products that are relied on by professionals and domestic customers looking for performance products and superb results.
Use of the correct maintenance products is essential for the longevity of the sealants and impregnators and also ensuring the stone/tile remains protected and in good condition. Damage can occur to a stone or tile finish with the use of incorrect maintenance products.
Porcelain tiles are made of very fine ceramic materials that are fired at high temperatures. Through this process the tiles become hard wearing and very dense; the surface can be matt or is often brought to a high shine through polishing. Despite the outstanding properties of porcelain tiles they can still be at risk of staining and the correct protection and maintenance will ensure beautiful and well maintained tiles.
Specialised products such as Lithofin KF Protective Impregnator prevent the penetration of liquids rendering the surface oil and water repellent and making every-day cleaning and maintenance much simpler. Impregnators, often referred to as penetrating sealers, are ideally suited for preserving the look of the tile without altering their appearance.
Using the correct maintenance products such as Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner is the answer to maintaining porcelain surfaces by dissolving dirt particles on the surface.
Lithofin advises against the use of layer forming maintenance products (acrylate or wax based) because they will affect the appearance and the properties of porcelain tiles.
Surfaces requiring a deeper clean or subject to heavy wear and tear occasionally require a more intensive cleaning product such as Lithofin FZ Intensive Cleaner. This product is used diluted 1:10 with water and can be used for stubborn marks and deposits.
For porcelain wet rooms or shower rooms products such as Lithofin Mildew-Away are available to remove mould and black spots and Lithofin Limescale-Away to dissolve limescale deposits.
Lithofin MN Stain-Stop Eco represents the next generation in water based protective treatments. This high quality impregnator has been optimised for porous natural stone surfaces and offers the optimal protection against water and oil bourn stains.
The combination of highly active ingredients has been formulated to allow for fast and easy absorption. As a result, Lithofin MN Stain-Stop Eco is easy and safe to apply leading to an excellent water and oil repellent effect. The chemical properties of the natural stone are not changed; however, acid sensitive stone will remain sensitive to acidic substances.
Lithofin MN Stain Stop is a high performance impregnator that continues to set the standard and leads the market as the top selling impregnating sealer providing maximum protection from staining and rendering the surface oil, water and grease repellent.
Lithofin MN Wash & Clean is a special product that can be used on all natural stones with all finishes, i.e. honed, polished, etc. This high yielding concentrate contains active maintenance components and mildly alkaline cleaning agents. These agents are specifically designed to support and enhance the effect of protective treatments and leave stone beautifully clean and fresh.
For deeper cleaning of these stone areas Lithofin MN Power Clean can be used diluted with water and used with a white emulsifying pad to remove slightly more ingrained contamination and also possible efflorescence build up (white chalky dusting).
For cement based grout joints around ceramic tiles the active ingredients in Lithofin KF Grout Protector provide an excellent water and oil repellent effect. Oil and other substances remain on the surface where they can easily be removed; ideal in kitchens and bathrooms for easy maintenance.
Lithofin Easy Care offers gentle cleaning and maintenance. Containing active cleaning agents that take up the dirt making them easy to remove with wiping, the remaining thin care film is free of wax and does not build any layers.
Lithofin Wexa is a multi-purpose cleaning concentrate to dissolve and thoroughly remove grease and oil deposits, soot and rubber marks. Ideal for textured and anti-slip ceramics with course surfaces and for deep cleaning grout joints.
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The revolutionary Grout Shield Restoration System cleans and restores old and dirty grout, making tiled areas look brand new again. Grout Shield recolours and seals grout to make it non-porous, protecting it from future stains, mould and mildew and making it extremely easy to clean and maintain.
Grout Shield Colour Seal is an acrylic resin containing a modified polyurethane sealant which chemically bonds with existing grout to form a professional, durable and superior finish. It’s easy to apply, significantly cheaper than re-grouting and offers on-going, sealed-in protection for up to 10 years. Available in white, off white, beige or grey.Grout Shield can be used on man-made or natural stone, horizontal or vertical. It works with any grout making it ideal for washrooms, toilets, changing rooms, kitchens and halls and is ideal for hotels, restaurants, sports and leisure clubs, schools, hospitals and more
One bottle of Grout Shield Colour Seal will cover 25 sq. metres of 300 by 300mm tiles and take approx 2 to 3 hours to complete. There are six bottles in a contractor pack. There’s no need to remove the old grout first and it will be completely dry and ready-to-use three hours after application.
Contractors are invited to join Grout Shield’s expansion in the UK. For futher information, please contact email@example.com.
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