Sealers can be put into two categories: Topical Sealers and Impregnating Sealers.
Impregnating Sealers line the pores of natural stone allowing the stone to breathe and maintain natural stone strength. Impregnating sealers have a natural look finish and provide an excellent barrier against harmful oils and other liquid base contaminates.
Topical Sealers are hard wearing sealers that provide a physical barrier between normal surface wear and tear and your natural stone. Topical Sealers usually have a gloss or matt finish, and can make the sealed area slippery when wet. (Anti-slip agents can be added)
Each sealer is different. They are designed for different uses - for example, some products repel water and other repel both oil & water, some sealers are for dense stones, other are for porous stones.
Such is the variety of natural stone!
Pre-Sealing will help prevent grout and other surrounding construction work from staining your Natural Stone. Pre-Sealing is highly suggested for outside areas and pools due to the high level of moisture. A Pre-Seal will help prevent any moisture attacking the Natural stone from underneath, creating extra resistance from all sides rather than a top coat. We also suggest that all porous stone be Pre-Sealed before being laid.
To receive the best protection and long lasting life from your sealed surface, basic maintenance needs to be undertaken. Removing and cleaning spills immediately, and routine cleaning and scrubbing of your sealed surface will keep your surface looking good and protected. SOLUTIONS-Sealers have also designed a PH Neutral, bio-degradable, phosphate free product called NATURAL CLEAN to help maintain your sealed surface by cleaning, and increasing stain resistance life.
For further information about maintaining your sealed surface download the following PDF Document.
When sealing, the pores of the surface begin to fill, but after multiple coats the pores are filled and begin to generate excess sealer on the surface. This can be easily resolved by using a clean white cotton rag in a slow buffing motion to collect residue from the surface. Do this when sealer is still moist but not fully cured.
For hard to move areas a cleaning agent may be required.
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In areas where Limestone and Sandstone are exposed to extreme salt levels, we suggest dip sealing with SOLUTIONS-Sealers CONSOLIDATE.
CONSOLIDATE is a CSIRO tested natural stone densifier, which gives your natural stone a high level of protection against harmful salts and maintaining the natural stones look and strength.
Dip sealing it will only affect water based adhesives; SOLUTIONS -Sealers have tested a variety of adhesive & stone manufacturers for suitability. We recommend you speak with your ADHESIVE supplier for suggestions for your stone type and environment.
Efflorescence on acid sensitive surfaces can be removed by using SOLUTIONS-Sealers D-GREASE.
D-GREASE is a powerful alkaline cleaner which will not breakdown or damage acid sensitive natural stone.
SOLUTIONS-Sealers have a range of water based – LOW VOC or NON VOC penetrating sealers which meet or exceed the standards set out in APAS Standards AP-D181 REV.11.
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