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I was about to sell my house, but was not happy with the tiles in the dining area. The tiles were white and shiny but the grout looked really dark and dirty. I already had a potential client; however the dark grout ruined the beauty of the room. I didn't have much time to fix the grout and decided to call Tile Cleaners as my real estate agency mentioned them. As my real estate agent said, Tile cleaners responded really quickly. They also pointed out that some of the grout was coming off in the hallway when they were there, which I had not even noticed. Thank you for fixing my problem so quickly. The house is sold now and I left your details with the new owner so they can keep the tiles in good condition.

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I was about to sell my business and wanted to clean and reseal my vinyl floors to improve the looks of them before having people over for inspection of the property. I did a booking with another company but was horrified when I realized that my floor was back to its horrible look in less than two weeks. I carefully looked up other cleaning companies, scared that I would chose the wrong cleaning company. A friend of mine recommended Tile Cleaners, but after what happened to my floor last time I got it cleaned I was really skeptic, but gave it a go. All I can say is thank you guys so much for a quick response and a good job. I sold the office and left your contact details with the new owner for future cleaning.

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I have several different freshly laid tiles in my new house. All pathways have stone tiles and there are marble tiles in the bathrooms and porcelain in the kitchen. I needed to get them sealed and was not sure if it was possible to seal them all. I contacted Tile Cleaners because my dad recommended them. He had a similar situation in his house and was very happy with the job Tile Cleaners had done. I was very worried about my tiles since they were brand new and very expensive. Tile Cleaners team were very patient with me, explaining how they were going to apply the sealer on different types of tiles, what sealer they would use, how long it would last for and advised me on how to take care of my tiles. I called Tile Cleaners a few times confirming details, asking for prices, making sure they could to the job during the weekend etc. The guys were amazingly patient and helpful. When I had gathered all the information I wanted, I was ready to go ahead. The work done by Tile Cleaners actually took less time than what it took me looking for information about it. Sorry for the pain I caused, and again thank you.

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How to Seal Limestone Tile

Sealing your Limestone tiles is our specialty, with years of experience in the field of protection and having the best non-toxic water based sealers. Limestone is a porous natural stone that is extremely important to seal against stains and spills, preventing the liquid particles from sinking in between the pores of the stone. Trapped spills are usually hard to clean as they penetrated the surface of the limestone and it is very important to have us strip clean and reseal your floors for the best result possible. Sealers are engineered to protect your limestone tiles and have them look fresher and new for longer. They will be easier to clean and you will notice a difference in their appearance as their colour wont fade quickly and will maintain their natural colour for a long period of time.

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What is Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock which is formed at the bottom of the ocean. It consists wholly or mainly of calcium carbonate. In its pure state it is white but it may be coloured by other materials. This calcite is sourced primarily from the shells and bones of marine organisms. The sediment that builds up preserves these organisms into fossils. Over millions of years the heat and pressure cause a chemical reaction which turns this sediment into limestone.

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Types of Limestone Tiles

Many older buildings have durable limestone flooring. This is the chalky porous type typical of most French and Spanish limestone. Etched by acids, including soft drinks. Absorbs oils and other liquids and is more easily stained than marble. Composed of Calcite and some Magnesium. Common colors are black, gray, white, yellow and brown. Has a smooth granular surface. Varies in hardness. Should be sealed with a penetrating sealer to prevent staining and reduce soiling. Should only be cleaned with neutral pH detergents. Because it is soft, it should never be cleaned at pressures above 800 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.

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How to Seal Limestone Tile

All limestone is highly porous - a tablespoon of water on a limestone surface will be absorbed in seconds, although it does vary in porosity from piece to piece. Porosity is also affected by its finish - highly polished limestone is a little harder to penetrate than limestone with a honed (matt) finish.

Due to its high porosity it is particularly important for limestone to be sealed with a high quality impregnating sealer which will not affect its slip resistance or look. Limestone is used both outdoors and indoors, and our impregnating sealers will seal limestone equally well in either.

Limestone can be difficult to maintain if a proper maintenance cycle is not put in place from the point of installation. As it is usually not polished, the problem of scratching is not as big an issue as it is with marble, however if proper barrier matting is not introduced even a honed surface will lose its attractiveness. The most important factor to consider with the maintenance of limestone is the possibility of staining.

Limestone's calcite composition makes it susceptible to acid attack from spilt food and drink. Its high porosity can also mean oil will permeate the surface and leave staining if it is not properly sealed with a penetrating / impregnating sealer.

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Another crucial stage in the protection of your floor is to avoid surface scratching. Although sweeping and vacuuming can remove the majority of surface grit, you should also use doormats to prevent as much as possible from entering the area. Care should be taken when moving heavy objects such as furniture, and when moving chairs. Padded tips can be applied to sharp corners or the points of chair legs to help prevent scratching as well.

Pre-Sealing Preparation

  1. Any surface to be sealed should be clean and looking just as you want it before it is sealed - it may be impossible to remove stains after sealing without having to strip the sealer again. Acidic cleaners should not be used on limestone as it will damage it.
  2. Limestone must have no other coating such as wax or a topical sealer before it's sealed, so any such coating must be removed before sealing.
  3. Floor must be thoroughly dry before applying any sealer.
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Our Limestone Floor Restoration service will bring back your limestone tiles & grout to its best possible condition, and protect them for years to come.

Protection from Acid Etching

It is very difficult to seal limestone against acid attack.
Limestone and other calcite based stone such as marble and travertine are prone to acid etching. Limestone is immediately 'etched' (eaten / corroded) by any acidic material on contact - including lemon juice, cola, wine and champagne. For this reason the honed (matt) look is popular, as it doesn't show the matt etch marks as much as polished limestone. In any case, acidic substances should be cleaned up as soon as possible, and limestone should not be used outdoors in areas where there is acid rain.

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We provide specialised sealing solutions for Limestone floor and wall tiles

Save yourself time, effort and money and let our team of professionals protect your Limestone tiles for years to come.

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 1300 771 201 or use our online enquiry form.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When we talk about a "sealer," we are referring to a liquid or carrier that contains a resin. This substance is applied to porous surfaces, whether they are natural stone or man-made materials. The primary function of a sealer is to provide protection against staining caused by water and/or oil-based materials. By applying the sealer, you can prevent these substances from penetrating and staining the surface. Additionally, a sealer can enhance the overall cleaning results by making it easier to clean and maintain the surfaces effectively.

Sealing limestone tiles is highly important for their protection and longevity. Unlike polishes, sealers are specifically formulated to prevent liquids and dirt particles from penetrating the natural stone. It is crucial to have your limestone tiles sealed, ideally when they are first installed. This initial sealing can provide effective protection for up to 15 years. To ensure the preservation of your limestone floors and prevent any accidental permanent damage, it is advisable to contact us promptly after the installation so that we can apply the necessary sealant and safeguard them from potential harm.

At Tile Cleaners®, we offer a range of high-quality sealers specifically designed for sealing limestone tiles. You have the option to choose between an Impregnating Sealer or a Topical Sealer, depending on your specific requirements and preferences. Our goal is to provide you with multiple choices to ensure that you can select the most suitable sealer for your limestone tiles, guaranteeing effective and long-lasting protection.

When it comes to sealing limestone pavers around swimming pools, our top recommendation is our high-quality Impregnating Penetrating Water Based Sealer. This specific sealer is designed to provide comprehensive protection to the limestone pavers, penetrating deep into the stone to ensure effective and long-lasting results. One notable advantage of this sealer is its ability to eliminate the slipperiness that can be associated with other sealers used on limestone pavers. By opting for our Impregnating Penetrating Water Based Sealer, you can confidently protect your limestone pavers around the pool area while ensuring enhanced safety and durability.

Tile Cleaners® recommends performing a straightforward "water test" to assess the need for sealing your limestone floors. This test, widely recognized in the stone industry, can help you determine whether your floors require sealing. To conduct the test, place a few drops of water on the limestone surface and allow them to remain for approximately 10 to 30 minutes. Afterward, wipe the water dry. If the stone did not darken during this process, it indicates that your limestone is adequately sealed and does not require further sealing. However, if the water caused the stone to darken, it suggests that the water was able to penetrate the stone, indicating the need for sealing to protect the limestone properly.

Tile Cleaners® exclusively uses water-based sealing products for their services. In most cases, solvent-based sealers are not utilized, except when they are the only viable option. It is important to note that the sealer employed by Tile Cleaners® does not alter the texture of limestone tiles in any manner. Rest assured, the sealer's primary function is to provide protection against staining while preserving the desired lustrous and natural appearance of your limestone tiles.

Absolutely, we provide color enhancing services specifically designed for travertine. The color enhancement process involves the application of a specialized compound that enriches and intensifies the natural appearance of the travertine. By applying the color enhancer, the tiles' tones and hues are deepened, bringing out the inherent beauty of the travertine material. This treatment imparts a subtle wet or low sheen finish, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your travertine surfaces. Our color enhancing services are aimed at highlighting the unique characteristics and enhancing the aesthetics of your travertine.

When it comes to the texture of limestone floors, applying Tile Cleaners® color enhancer will not cause any changes. The color enhancer is designed to specifically enhance the color of your limestone tiles without altering their texture. By utilizing this product, you can accentuate the natural beauty of your limestone surfaces, enriching their color and giving them a more vibrant appearance. Rest assured that the texture of your limestone floors will remain intact while achieving the desired color enhancement.

During the sealing of your limestone floors, our professional team will provide a comprehensive explanation of the job processes, ensuring complete clarity on what to expect. The process encompasses several key steps. Firstly, any existing sealer, if present, will be stripped away. Subsequently, the limestone will undergo a thorough cleaning and neutralization process to eliminate any dust, residue, or other substances that may affect the performance of the new sealer. Once the limestone floor is dry, a new sealer will be applied and allowed to set. The end result will not only restore the floor's appearance to a like-new condition but also provide essential protection, making the maintenance of your limestone surfaces more convenient.

The duration of the resealing process for your limestone floors can vary depending on the size of the area being sealed. On average, most jobs take approximately 4 to 8 hours to complete. To provide a more convenient experience for our customers, we strive to conduct both the cleaning and resealing on the same day, eliminating the need for multiple appointments.

The drying process for your limestone tiles involves two stages. The first stage is when the tiles become touch dry, which typically takes approximately 4 hours. However, for the sealer to fully cure and reach its optimal effectiveness, it generally requires a period of 24 hours. Once the sealer has fully cured, you can safely place everything back in its original position. It is important to note that during this 24-hour period, it is advisable to avoid placing any heavy objects, such as furniture, directly on the tiles and grout to prevent potential damage.

The lifespan of a sealer before reapplication is influenced by the type of sealer used. Topical sealers typically provide protection for approximately 3 years before requiring reapplication. In contrast, impregnating sealers are more durable and can last up to 15 years or even a lifetime when applied to vertical surfaces. However, areas with high foot traffic or frequent use may necessitate more frequent inspections and resealing to ensure ongoing protection. Conducting a water absorption test can help assess the porosity of the surface and aid in selecting a sealer with longer-lasting durability. It is advisable to refer to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and consult professionals to determine the specific reapplication schedule suitable for your tiles and grout.

Deepshield™ Impregnating Penetrating Sealer does not alter the slipperiness of your limestone tiles' surface as the sealer penetrates the top layer of youWhen it comes to the slipperiness of limestone floors, the application of Deepshield™ Impregnating Penetrating Sealer does not cause any changes. This particular sealer effectively penetrates the top layer of the limestone tiles without altering their slipperiness. However, it is worth noting that the use of a topical sealer may lead to increased slipperiness when the floors are wet. To ensure both the desired appearance and slip resistance of your limestone floors, it is advisable to seal them with a high-quality, invisible, and fully breathable impregnating sealer. By doing so, you can protect your surfaces from moisture damage and maintain the natural beauty of your limestone floors while minimizing any potential slip hazards. r limestone. Topical Sealer may result in your limestone floors becoming slippery when wet. To maintain the look and slip resistance of your limestone and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your surfaces with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

Exposure to acidic substances poses a risk of etching or corrosion to limestone tiles, as they can be easily affected by such compounds. Protecting limestone against acid attack can be challenging as sealing may not offer complete resistance. However, the most effective approach to safeguarding your limestone tiles is to promptly seal them and clean up any spills without delay. Given the high porosity of stone-based tiles, sealing becomes essential in providing protection against potential acid attacks and liquid spills in the future.

The application of Tile Cleaners® colour enhancing sealer can potentially assist in concealing scratches on your limestone floors, although it cannot guarantee that they will be completely restored to their original condition. By utilizing Deepshield™ Penetrating Colour Enhancing Sealer, you can darken your limestone tiles by up to 20% and effectively camouflage etches, revitalizing the overall appearance of your floors and restoring their natural beauty.

In order to preserve the pristine condition of your limestone tiles after they have been sealed, Tile Cleaners® suggests following a regular cleaning routine. It is recommended to clean the tiles and grout on a weekly basis using a mild detergent that effectively removes dirt and grime without compromising the integrity of the sealer. It is crucial to avoid using strong detergents with acidic or alkaline properties as they may impact the sealer. Instead, opt for mild detergents and pH neutral substances for optimal results. Additionally, the best way to safeguard your limestone tiles against staining is to apply one of our highest quality sealers, which provides superior protection.

Tile Cleaners® follows a pricing structure based on the square meter measurement for each individual limestone room. You can find a comprehensive price list on the Tile Cleaners® website, allowing you to review the cost details. Prior to commencing the work, our team will accurately measure each room, discuss the specific tasks to be performed, and confirm all associated costs with you. This ensures transparency and clarity regarding the pricing of the sealing service for your limestone tiles.

For accurate measurement of the area that needs sealing, we advise measuring each individual limestone area separately. The most straightforward method is to multiply the width by the length of each area. As an illustration, if a room measures 3 meters in length and 2 meters in width, the total area would be calculated as 3 X 2 = 6m2. This approach ensures precise measurements and allows for an accurate estimation of the sealing requirements for your limestone surfaces.

Tile Cleaning provides assistance with moving furniture during the floor sealing process. Their team of dedicated technicians is available to help with the relocation of furniture items that can be reasonably managed by one person, such as those with wheels or lightweight furniture like tables and chairs. However, it is important to keep in mind that while Tile Cleaning takes precautions to protect your belongings, they cannot be held responsible for any damages that may occur during the furniture moving process. To ensure the safety of valuable or fragile items, it is recommended to either relocate them to a secure area or properly secure them before the technicians arrive. By taking these necessary precautions, you can help ensure the safety of your furniture and minimize the risk of potential damage while the floor sealing process is being carried out.

In preparation for the sealing process, it is necessary to remove all furniture and items from your limestone floors. This ensures that the area is clear and ready for the arrival of the professionals who will be carrying out the sealing. By clearing the space beforehand, you facilitate a smooth and efficient process for the application of the sealer on your limestone floors.

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