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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.

Monica Petrovski, West Beach, SA

I noticed that some of the tiles in my bathroom walls were loose and the grout was coming off. I am a very busy so kept on postponing calling someone to fix it. One day I got home and the loose tiles were lying broken on the floor. Can you imagine my frustration? I rang my brother in panic and he gave me Tile Cleaners' contact details. I rang them straight away. The guys told me I needed a tiler and professional regrouting work done so I thought it would take ages to fix my problem. However they organized the work very well. I had my tiles fixed on Friday night the same week and the entire bathroom regrouted on Saturday. Thank you some much for your quick help; it was such a relief.

Kerry McMyre, Mosman, NSW

I just got new tiles laid in my house that were very expensive. I needed to get them sealed but couldn't afford to pay much for it. On the other hand I didn't want to go for a company offering cheap and unreliably services. My boss recommended Tile Cleaners, saying that the company's prices were reasonable and that they offered quality service when he used them. I contacted them and ended up doing a booking with them. It is very pleasant to know that there are companies out there who actually care about providing very high quality services for affordable prices. I gave your contacts to my sister. Thank you for the job you did

Robert Williams, Norman Park, QLD

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Sandstone Sealer

 Sandstone Paving Grey SealerSandstone is a sedimentary rock that is made up of mostly tiny grains of quartz cemented together with various materials such as Silica and Iron Oxide. Other minerals that are commonly found in sandstone are clay, hematite, ilmenite, feldspar and mica. Due to the impurities, this has created a wide range of colors from yellows, oranges and browns. Sandstone can be either cut, polished and carved for many uses such as floor tiles, pool coping (once it has been sealed and correct guidelines are met), display walls and many other possible uses.

Sandstone is usually used in kitchens, floors, walls, bathrooms, dining rooms, around swimming pools, building foyers, public areas and facades. Since ancient times, stone has been popular as a building and decorating material. Its strength, durability, excellent insulation properties, ability to be shaped, and the variety of stone types and colours make it an exceptionally versatile building material. The porosity and makeup of Sandstone does however leave it prone to certain types of damage if unsealed.

 Sandstone Paving Blue SealerProfessional regular maintenance will be required to maintain its honed or polished appearance. Sandstone looks best with a honed or low/medium sheen appearance however many people insist on a high shine finish. Sandstone will never have the gloss of marble or granite. Some low calcite Sandstone can be extremely difficult to polish and therefore vitrification would be required. Vitrification however can give the stone an unnatural plastic appearance if repeated too often.

Protecting Sandstone

The longevity and usefulness of Sandstone tiles can be extended if it is effectively sealed against the ingress of damaging liquids and minerals.

Sandstone floor is actually quite porous and prone to scratching, staining and fracturing. It also needs to be allowed to breath, instead of being covered by synthetic sealers or urethane. We offer the right solution to protect your Limestone by using highly penetrating impregnating sealers.

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Sealing Sandstone Floors

All Sandstone is highly porous - a tablespoon of water on a Sandstone 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 Sandstone is a little harder to penetrate than Sandstone with a honed (matt) finish.

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

Classes of Sealant:

Looking beyond the chemistry involved in each class of sealant, all of them can be assigned as either Coatings or Impregnators.

Coatings:

These are sealants that merely sit on top of the stone, acting as a barrier between the stone itself and the real world. These coatings are, generally, removable – once applied they can be stripped using a product similar (if not identical) to paint-stripper. Some specialist sealants for other flooring materials may be not removable, but, in general, these are not suitable for use with stone paving.

Impregnators:

These sealants actually penetrate the stone itself, soaking into the microscopic interstices or capillaries which exist between the individual grains of a sedimentary stone, or adhering to the surface of mineral grains in other rock types.

Colour Enhancers:

Some sealants have no discernible effect on the appearance of the stone following successful treatment, which may or may not be desirable. However, some people like the enhanced colours that are evident when flagstones (or blocks, setts, cubes, etc) are wet. This effect can be replicated by first treating the paving with a "Colour Enhancer", which works to accentuate the colour and deepen the tones, before applying the seal coat itself.

What's the point of all that, you may wonder – surely, if you like the enhanced colouring then use a wet-look sealant! However, by separating the colour-enhancing function from the sealing function, you have much greater control over the finished appearance. You can apply as much or as little of the enhancing treatment as is required to achieve a desired look, and then apply the seal coat to complete the procedure, whereas relying solely on a wet-look sealant gives no fine control over the finished looks – it's wet-look, and that's it. If, after treating stone paving with a wet-look sealant, you feel that the effect is too dramatic, or not as bold as you'd hoped, then you're stuck: there's nothing further you can do and additional coats of sealant will merely server to darken the stone, and not enhance the colour, whereas a colour enhancer can be built up, a bit at a time, until the required depth of contrast and colour enhancement is just as required.

Pros and Cons:

Coatings:

  • Tend to be relatively inexpensive
  • Simple brush-on application
  • May impart added slip resistance to some flagstones

Impregnators:

  • Longer life-time as the protection is contained within the stone, and not simply on the surface
  • Usually not affected by UV light
  • allow the stone to 'breathe' and so retained moisture can escape
  • tend to abrade quite easily, leading to obvious areas of scuffing or wear
  • need to be re-applied quite regularly
  • can build-up over time to impart a varnish-like appearance to the stone
  • low quality coatings tend to turn nicotine-yellow when exposed to UV light (sunlight)
  • can trap moisture in the stone itself, leading to problems with efflorescence or damage
  • tend to be solvent based and may be noxious or harmful to the environment
  • care needed when applying to ensure even coverage
  • tend to be more expensive than coatings
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Key properties

The two key properties for all sealants are their ability to repel oil and water. An ability to repel oil (oleophobic) means they will protect the paving from oils, fats and greases from cooking, from fuel or engine leaks, and to some extent, from accidental staining with some paints, tars and gums. The ability to repel water (hydrophobic) enables the paving to resist staining from water-based contaminants such as beverages, fruit juices, wines, beers and spirits, urine and faeces (from pets), and vegetable matter, such as grass clippings, leaves, etc.

A sealant that is oil repellent is nearly always water repellent, as well, but a treatment that is water-repellent is not necessarily oil-repellent. It's also worth noting that there is a significant difference between repellence and resistance. While a product that is repellent to oil and/or water based contaminants will actively protect the stone from such contaminants, an oil or water resistant product will only slow down or hinder the contaminant to a greater or lesser degree.

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Factors that need to be considered:

Finished appearance –

  • Invisible - Wouldn't know there was a sealant present
  • Damp-look – Colours enhanced but not shiny
  • Matt/Low sheen – just a hint of shininess
  • Wet-look – the full horror; shiny, varnished appearance.

Substrate –

  • Fairly permeable natural stone (sandstone)
  • Barely permeable natural stone (granite, porphyry, basalt, slate)
  • Wet cast concrete flagstones
  • Pressed concrete flagstones
  • Concrete block paving
  • Clay pavers
  • Plain concrete
  • Pattern Imprinted or other Decorative Concrete
  • Tarmacadam/bitmac/asphalt
  • Resin-bound or resin-bonded

Repellence –

  • Oil repellent
  • Water repellence
  • Oil + Water repellence
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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.
  2. Sandstone 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.

Our Sandstone Floor Restoration service will bring back your Sandstone tiles & grout to its best possible condition, and protect them for years to come.

Protection from Acid Etching

It is very difficult to seal Sandstone against acid attack.
Sandstone and other calcite based stone such as marble and travertine are prone to acid etching. Sandstone 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 Sandstone. In any case, acidic substances should be cleaned up as soon as possible, and Sandstone should not be used outdoors in areas where there is acid rain.

Acidic cleaners should not be used on Sandstone as it will damage it.

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Sandstone 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 Sandstone is the possibility of staining.

Sandstone's 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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Sandstone Floor Care & Maintenance

Sandstone is a very hard tile to keep clean especially if it is not sealed. It does not go good in wet conditions so the best way to take care of youre Sandstone is to get sealed.

Do’s:

  • Clean spill-ups right away
  • Seal Sandstone floors since it’s made from natural stone
  • Place a mat at each doorway
  • Use a Microfiber mop to clean floors
  • Clean floors regularly

Don’ts:

  • Never use bleach, ammonia or vinegar to clean Sandstone floors
  • Don’t use cleaners that are acidic
  • Never use an abrasive cleaner or scouring pad.

We provide specialised cleaning, stripping & sealing solutions for limstone floor surfaces.

Our equipment can handle both domestic and commercial cleaning jobs, leaving your floors spotless and hygienic.

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Frequently Asked Questions


A sealer is a liquid, or carrier containing a resin that is applied to porous natural stone or porous man made surfaces that helps prevent staining from water and/or oil based materials as well as help to achieve better results when cleaning your surfaces.

Sealers are different from polishes and are actually designed to keep liquids and dirt particles from sinking into the natural stone. It is extremely important to have your sandstone tiles sealed. All sandstone tiles should be sealed when they are first installed; this initial seal can last up to 15 years. It is important to call us as soon as your sandstone floors are installed so we can protect them before any accidental permanent damage occurs.

Yes, here at Tile Cleaners® we provide a variety of top quality sealers to seal your sandstone tiles, whether you choose to use an Impregnating Sealer or a Topical Sealer for your sandstone tiles depending on your needs.

The best sealer to use for sandstone pavers around the pool is our high quality Impregnating Penetrating Water Based Sealer that protects your stone to the core and eliminates the slipperiness factor other sealers can create with sandstone pavers.

Tile Cleaners® advise the simple "water test". The water test is well known in the stone industry and it will help you determine whether your sandstone floors require sealing. First you need to place a few drops of water on your stone and let it set for around 10 to 30 minutes then wipe it dry. If your stone did not darken, it means your sandstone is perfectly sealed and does not require sealing, but if it has darkened, it means that the water was able to penetrate your stone and sealing is required.

All of our sealing products are water based, we do not apply solvent- based sealer except in certain cases where it is the only option. The sealer will not affect the texture of your sandstone tiles in any way; however, it will protect your sandstone from staining and maintain that lustrous, natural finish you are looking for.

Yes we do. Colour enhancer is a compound designed to enrich the natural look of sandstone tiles. It darkens and enhances the colour of your tiles and brings out the natural beauty in your sandstone, giving a slight wet look/low sheen.

Tile Cleaners® colours enhancer will not affect the texture of your sandstone, however, it will enhance the colour of your sandstone tiles and bring out the natural beauty of your surfaces.

Our professional team will go through the job processes with you step by step so you know exactly what you're getting. The process includes stripping any previous sealer if it was applied, the sandstone is then thoroughly cleaned and neutralised so that it is free of dust, residue and anything else that can affect the new sealer. A new sealer is applied to the dry sandstone floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed sandstone floor will not only look new again, it will be protected and result in your sandstone becoming easier to maintain.

It all depends on the size of the area that we are sealing but most jobs take 4 - 8 hours to complete. We do cleaning and resealing in the same day so you don't have to fuss with more than one appointment.

It takes 4 hours to be touch dry and normally 24 hours for the sealer to fully cure, which is when you can put everything back into place. Nothing hard such as furniture can be moved on to the tiles and grout for at least 24 hours.

Tile Cleaners® apply two main types of high quality sealer, deep penetrating sealer and topical sealer. Topical Sealer has lifetime expectancy of around 3 years and Australia's Deepshield™ range of impregnating water based sealer's last for up to 10 years while Deepshield™ Gold based on the latest fluoro-bond technology can last for up to 15 years dependent on usage and weather conditions.

Deepshield™ Impregnating Penetrating Sealer does not alter the slipperiness of your sandstone tiles' surface as the sealer penetrates the top layer of your sandstone. Topical Sealer may result in your sandstone floors becoming slippery when wet. To maintain the look and slip resistance of your sandstone 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.

Any acidic substance is harmful for your sandstone tiles, they can be etched(eaten/corroded) easily and sealing against acid attack is very difficult. The best way to protect your sandstone tiles from acid attack is to seal and clean spills immediately. The high porosity of stone based tiles makes sealing a must in order to provide protection against future acid attack and liquid spillage.

Tile Cleaners® colour enhancing sealer may help hide those nasty scratches you have, but we cannot guarantee that they return to their original condition. Deepshield™ Penetrating Colour Enhancing Sealer darkens your sandstone tiles by up to 20% and can help camouflage etches, restoring the natural, new look of your sandstone floors.

To keep your sandstone tiles and grout looking new, Tile Cleaners® recommend cleaning each week with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or grime from the sandstone surface. Strong detergents(strong acid or alkali) may affect the sealer, mild detergents and pH neutral substances are strongly recommended. Our best advice to protect your sandstone tiles is to seal them with one of our highest quality sealers. This is the best protection your sandstone tiles can receive against staining.

Tile Cleaners® charge per square meter for each separate sandstone room. There is a price list on the Tile Cleaners® website for you to review. Before we begin our work we will measure each room individually, confirm the work to be carried out as well as confirm all costs with you.

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We clean and restore a
huge range of tiles and surfaces in all locations including:
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Showers, Swimming pools, Pool pavers, Restaurants, Cafés, Bars, Homes, Schools, Clinics, Hospitals, Companies, Offices

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