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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.

Anna Rodwell, Tingalpa, QLD

Thank you Tile Cleaners ® for dealing with the solvent sealer I had and resealing my hallway; I know it's a pain but you did a great job. I will definitely call you again as I need help with my tiles in the office.

Paul Gold, Gold Coast, QLD

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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Sealing Natural Stone

We provide specialised sealing solutions for all types of stone tiles

Save yourself time and money by letting our team of professionals restore your floors to their best possible condition

Sealing Your Floors

Tile Cleaners® is Australia's leading stone sealing specialist. Our services cover all suburbs within 100km drive from the CBD . We are your specialist service provider for stone sealing, stone restoration, and minor stone repairs. If you need advice on cleaning & sealing your old or brand new stone surfaces or need a professional to do it for you, then you have come to the right place.

All porous natural and man made tiles should be sealed. Sealing your stone will help prevent & reduce staining by keeping most stains suspended at the surface. Sealing provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination and also reduces the damage caused from the stain itself.

Tile Cleaners® technicians professionally clean & seal all natural stone:

  • Limestone
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Sandstone
  • Granite
  • Travertine
  • Bluestone
  • Terracotta
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Natural stone is amongst the most durable materials for floor and wall coverings, also boasting some of the lowest abrasion values. For non-porous tiles you should usually only need to seal the grout lines with our specialised long-life impregnating penetrating sealer.

All natural stone is porous to different degrees. To protect your stone an impregnating sealer should be applied which is similar to a topical sealer but doesn't create a film on top of the stone, instead it sits within the stones pores.

The idea of using sealers on stone is to prevent water and oil from penetrating the porous structure of the the stone, which eventually leads to stains, cracks, weathering, and deterioration. Sealing your tiles and/or grout helps prevent & reduce staining by providing a barrier against stain carrying substances.

Finally, to dispel what you might have read or heard about sealing artificial or man made stone tiles such as terracotta, these are in fact more porous than natural stone and will need frequent applications of stain inhibitors, sealers, resins and polishes.

We are your specialist service provider for tile sealing, stone sealing and grout sealing covering all suburbs within 100km drive from the CBD

Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your investment against stains

What Exactly Is A Sealer?

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 tiles

You can easily test how porous your surfaces are by applying a drop of water to the surface and watching how it is absorbed. You can then see how any type of water based stain can be absorbed by the surface.

Why should I have my stone tiles sealed?

A sealer reduces the natural absorbency of a stone. A natural stone surface once prepared and sealed correctly can add a great deal of style to your property and give it a real feature relative to your desired look whether that is modern and contemporary or more traditional.

Sealing your tiles and/or grout helps prevent & reduce staining. It provides a barrier for a short time to remove the staining product and helps reduce the damage caused from the stain itself. Staining can still occur if the staining product is not removed from the tile.

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What type of sealer should I use on my stone tile?

There are so many sealers on the market today and it can be confusing to know which sealer is the correct choice for your tile. Which one will work, which one won't, which sealer suits your situation and how they differ?

Types Of Sealers we use

Tile Cleaners® use two main types of sealer to protect your surfaces. One sealer is known as an Impregnating Sealer (Penetrating Sealer) which is absorbed into the tile protecting it from within and the other is known as a Topical Sealer (film forming) which sits on top of the tile.

Tile Cleaners® are proud to be accredited applicators of Deepshield™ quality deep impregnating water based sealers which prolong the life of your surfaces by taking full advantage of recent advancements in nano-technology and fluoro-bond technology. Australian made Deepshield™ forms a bond with your surfaces that is stronger than any conventional mechanical or hydrogen bonding film forming sealers.

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Tile Cleaners® technicians are experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your surfaces look their absolute best. Tile Cleaners® can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create either a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealers can be helpful in situations where the old solvent based sealer can't be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealers typically have a life expectancy of around 3 years while impregnating sealers such as the Deepshield™ range of impregnating water based sealer's offer long term benefits lasting for up to 10 years while Deepshield™ Gold, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology will last for up to 15 years.

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Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer

(Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

Impregnating sealers are safe for stone and highly recommended. These sealers sit below the surface of your tile and deposit solid particles into the pores of your stone coating the individual minerals below.

Even when the tile has been sealed before with an impregnating sealer there is no need to strip the old sealer (as with Topical Sealer) before reapplying, most aren't affected by UV light, and high quality penetrating sealers do not require frequent applications.

Impregnating sealers do not alter the slip resistant properties of the tile, meaning that if the tile is not a slippery tile then it will stay non-slip, making it the recommended sealer for most cases where slipping may be a risk.

Impregnating sealers used by Tile Cleaners® usually have a lifetime of up to 10 years. In areas where salt water is near, the lifetime of our sealer may be reduced to 8 years instead because salt can reduce the lifetime of the product.

How Do Impregnating Sealers Work?

In an impregnating sealer the "active component" is either a natural or a synthetic resin. This resin is melted into a liquid solution with a mineral solvent or with water.

Impregnating Sealer properties

  • Penetrates into the stone and attaches its protection to the cell walls within the pore structure. This allows for total vapour transmission through the stone.
  • Does not change the colour or sheen of the stone.
  • Does not need to be re-applied after each cleaning.
  • Because the sealer does not remain on the surface, the sealer coating will not scratch or scuff. Without a surface coating to wear off, the sealer does not require re-application as frequently as topical sealers.
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What Sets Impregnating Sealers Apart?

Solvent or water based sealer?

A solvent based sealer absorbs deep into the stone but emits a very strong odour and is trickier to apply. There have been a few reports of solvent based sealers reacting negatively to certain stones that have a factory applied resin. It's always safest to test a scrap or small inconspicuous area first. Solvent carried impregnators are excellent water repellents but do not usually repel oil stains.

A water based sealer is easier to apply and safer to handle as well as safer for the environment. Water carried impregnators are excellent oil repellents as well as excellent water repellents.

Does it repel water, repel oil, or resist oil?

Not all sealers work the same. Some sealers just repel water. These are called Hydrophobic. A hydrophobic type sealer repels water based liquids such as coffee, soft drink and tea.

Sealers that repel oil are called Oilophobic an oilophobic type sealer repels oil based liquids such as cooking oil and grease AS WELL AS water based liquids.

An oilophobic sealer will always repel BOTH oil and water based chemicals whereas a hydrophobic sealer doesn't always repel oil based chemicals.

Our impregnating water based sealers are Oilophobic, meaning that they repel both water and oil based chemicals.

Topical Sealer

(Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

Sometimes a Topical Sealer is referred to as a "coating" because this is exactly what it does, it coats the surface of your stone with a protective barrier. It's essentially a layer or thin film sitting on top of your stone.

Topical sealers are either removable (through stripping) or permanent. Removable coatings are designed to easily be stripped from the surface of stone and are usually water based. Most strippable coatings are NOT designed for natural stone, however nowadays there are high quality water based sealers also available for stone.

Permanent coatings are very difficult to remove and are usually NOT designed for stone either. It's important to ask an expert to determine which topical sealer is safe to use on your particular surface.

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What will a topical sealer do?

It will help prevent your tile from scuffing, scratching and staining. The sealer will scuff and scratch instead. The downfall is since the sealer is softer than your stone it can scuff and scratch fairly easily, which means they are short lived and frequent reapplication is necessary.

Before reapplying, old topical sealer needs to be removed and frequent stripping can cause damage to your tile or stone. If you don't remove the sealer before applying a new coat, eventually these coatings will build up and cause your tile to have an unnatural wavy or plastic look. This is called “stripping” the sealer.

Bottom of the barrel topical sealers can cause your tile to turn a yellowish colour, especially when exposed to UV light. They can change the appearance of your tile and may react adversely to heat and acids.

Topical sealers are usually easy to apply and much less expensive than impregnating sealers. Some add additional shine to your tile and some even add slip resistant properties. But the need to frequently strip and reapply, or buff should be taken into consideration as well as the location of your tile.

Tile Cleaners® technicians apply the highest quality water based sealers providing the highest level of protection.

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

Pre-sealed stone

In most cases we will be able to chemically remove your existing floor finish(sealer) and treat any staining and marks that will have occurred due to the ineffectiveness of your floor seal. When we are satisfied that we have achieved the best results possible, preferably by returning the floor to its natural state, then we allow a sufficient drying time before applying the needed number of coats of our specialist floor tile seal depending on the type of the floor.

Types of Stone that can be sealed

All stone should be treated carefully during the installation process and should be sealed as they can easily be stained by a range of substances. The sealing can be completed after the stone have been laid or when construction is complete.

Limestone, Sandstone, Slate and pavers are common products which require maintenance. This maybe a top up seal or it may require all the existing sealer to be stripped, bringing back the natural beauty of the stone, then re sealed.

Tile Cleaners® provide their customers with excellent value for money stone care and maintenance services. We only use quality products which will enhance and protect your quality stone.

How often does the sealer on stone need to be applied?

Some stone sealers need to be applied every year, some every 3- 5 years, and penetrating sealers may last up to 15 years or even longer. This will depend on the type of resin used and on the type of use the tiles are intended for. The resin used is the most important factor because this resin is left behind to do the work.

Deepshield® Penetrating Sealers provide better non-slip properties and offers superior resistance against blemishes. Deepshield® GOLD has an expected lifetime of up to 15 years.

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To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your natural stone 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.

We provide specialised sealing solutions for all types of stone tiles

We cover all suburbs

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, call 1300 771 201 today or use our online enquiry form

Sealing Grout Lines

Not all stone requires sealing, but even for those stone tiles than don't require sealing you can and should always seal the grout lines.

Grout Sealers prevent spills from penetrating into the porous grout. Our impregnating penetrating water based grout sealer repels water and oil based liquids, prevents stains caused by food and beverages and protects the grout from dirt and impurities.

After cleaning your grout it is recommended to apply an impregnating water based sealer specifically designed for grout that creates resistance to spills and stains. This also results in your grout becoming much easier clean in the future and makes your grout look cleaner for longer. There are different sealers for grout with varying qualities and prices. Check our website for advice on sealing your type of tile & grout or call us and our knowledgeable customer service can help you with all your enquiries.

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The extra layer of protection from sealing the grout can be applied to grout in kitchens, shops, swimming pool surrounds & showrooms and most other areas in your home or business.

Call us today or make an appointment using our online system for a consultation and quote

We cover all suburbs

Stripping and Sealing

While sealing your stone and grout means that they will be protected, is it important to keep in mind that the previously applied sealer may need to be removed and reapplied in future depending on the quality of the sealer applied to your stone and the amount of traffic. This process is called tile stripping and sealing, which involves stripping, scrubbing and cleaning to remove old sealant and its residue and restoring the original appearance of the tiles. We can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

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No matter where your stone tiles are, Tile Cleaners® technicians will strip, clean and professionally reseal them for you, in your kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, your backyard, outdoors or any hard to reach indoor areas.

Grout Recolouring

A variety of colours are available and an added advantage of grout recolouring is that the product we use also doubles as the highest quality sealer available allowing much easier cleaning of the grout in the future.

Maintaining the Appearance of Stone Tiles after Sealing

The best time to seal stone and/or grout lines is immediately after installation, but if not done initially it is still extremely beneficial to seal stone surfaces immediately once they have been professional cleaned by Tile Cleaners® technicians.

After any sealing, we provide each customer with a simple stone maintenance program and recommend a cleaning product to suit your requirements.

Sealing of grout and porous stone (such as marble, granite, travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate etc.) is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination. Even very old stone tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease on life!

Sealing your porous stone and grout provides you with time to deal with spills. Unsealed stone can stain immediately, whereas a sealed stone floor is stain resistant with a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.

Tile Cleaners® are your specialist service provider for stone sealing, grout sealing and tile, stone and grout sealing as well as stone restoration and minor stone tile repairs. Our services cover all suburbs within 60 minutes of the CBD.

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Tile Cleaners® has the tile and grout cleaning & sealing solution to meet your tile maintenance needs

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

How we can help

Tile Cleaners® experienced technicians are accredited and experienced in stone sealing, protection & restoration.

Our extensive experience shared amongst our team allows us to choose the best suited sealer for your stone tiles, giving you the desired appearance at the most competitive prices. Tile Cleaners® have extensive experience servicing schools, hospitals, clinics, bars, clubs, shopping centres and homes around the nation.

At Tile Cleaners® we strongly recommend that any newly laid porous stone be sealed immediately so the area gains the full benefit of the protection. Installing natural stone is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment?

We are your specialist service for tile sealing, stone sealing, grout sealing, lino/vinyl floor sealing with our service covers all suburbs within 60 minutes drive of the CBD.

Tile Cleaners® apply a deep penetrating sealer, allowing the sealer to soak through the surface.

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Nobody will do a better job sealing your stone than Tile Cleaners! With us your stone surfaces are thoroughly cleaned in accordance to industry standards prior to sealing. Our cleaning equipment combined with our unique cleaning process will ensure your stone is cleaned thoroughly prior to sealing according to your needs.

Tile Cleaners® employ experienced stone sealing technicians and offer the service most suited for your stone surfaces as well as an extensive stain removal service.

Our Commercial Tile Sealing Services Cover

  • Builders
  • After Building, Renovation & Cleaning Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Side Walks
  • Store Fronts
  • Power Wash Awnings and Signs
  • Strip Malls
  • Units/Condominiums
  • Town Houses

Our commercial client base includes a wide range of builders, real estate agents and insurance companies

We cover all suburbs

Our Residential Tile Sealing Services Cover

  • Indoor House Floor & Wall Tiles
  • Gutter and Down Spout Wash
  • Chimneys
  • Driveways
  • Walk Ways
  • Step and Porch Wash
  • Fences
  • Garages
  • Patios
  • Pool Decks
  • Deck

We provide specialised sealing, cleaning and restoration solutions for all natural and man made surfaces

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate call 1300 771 201 today or use our online inquiry form

Frequently Asked Questions

If your stone is natural stone (slate, marble, granite, travertine, sandstone etc.) then it will need to be sealed. Stone is naturally porous and will absorb spills and stain easily.

Most stone surfaces are subject to deterioration and degradation of appearance through traffic, UV rays, moisture, rain, chemicals, and other impurities such as oil, gas, grease, acids and salt. This can easily result in common problems such as cracking, pitting, scaling, spalling, delamination, dusting, discolouration, efflorescence, salt damage, etc. Sealing stone offers excellent maintenance benefits when quality products are used such as Australia's Deepshield™ deep impregnating range of sealers.
Sealing your tiles & grout can help:
  • Prevent unsightly stains
  • Prevent discolouration
  • Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer

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.

Yes you can and it is recommended to seal your grout lines especially if they are a light colour, this will save you the likely cost of having to regrout your tiles only a few years after installation.

The recommended frequency for fully resealing tiles can vary depending on factors such as the type and quality of the sealer used and the expected lifespan of the sealer. It is advised to regularly assess the condition of the tiles and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing sealer. If there are visible signs of wear, staining, or diminished protection, it may be necessary to undertake a complete resealing process. The specific timing for resealing will depend on these factors, and it is important to consistently monitor the tile's condition and consult the manufacturer's guidelines or sealer recommendations to determine the appropriate intervals for full resealing.

The drying time required for a sealer to fully cure can vary depending on the specific product being used. In general, most sealers have a relatively quick drying time, with the surface becoming touch-dry within approximately 4 hours. This applies to both penetrating sealers and topical sealers. Penetrating sealers typically complete their curing process within 24 hours, while topical sealers may take up to 48 hours to fully dry. It is crucial to carefully follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer regarding the recommended drying time. Doing so ensures that the sealer properly sets and provides the intended level of protection. Adhering to the specified drying time will help guarantee the longevity and effectiveness of the sealer on your tiles.

No, it is not possible to apply penetrating sealers over existing topical sealers. This is because topical sealers create a barrier on the surface of the material, preventing effective absorption of the penetrating sealer. To achieve the desired results, it is necessary to remove any existing topical sealer before applying a penetrating sealer. By removing the topical sealer, you allow the penetrating sealer to penetrate the material and provide the intended protection and benefits. Removing the topical sealer ensures the maximum effectiveness of the penetrating sealer and optimizes the overall sealing process.

The best way to keep stone surfaces in good condition is to use a ph neutral cleaner followed by clean water for spills, otherwise a microfibre mop will get rid of dust.

You will know it's time to have your stone stripped, cleaned and sealed once it begins to appear dull or "matte" even after you have given it an efficient regular clean. If you notice that your surfaces are staining easily, it's a good indication that your previous sealer is wearing off and your stone will need to be resealed immediately to prevent permanent staining.

Yes, our tile cleaning services are safe! Tile Cleaners® generally use only the highest quality water based products alongside our state of the art cleaning machinery to provide the best cleaning solution without compromising your stone surfaces.

At Tile Cleaning, we take great care to minimize mess during the stripping and sealing process of terracotta tiles. Our approach involves using high-quality, non-solvent-based stripping and sealing products, which are designed to ensure a clean and tidy process. These products are specifically selected to minimize the risk of damaging your floors, walls, or skirting boards. Our team of technicians is trained to handle the process with utmost care, ensuring that your surfaces are protected throughout. In most cases, non-solvent-based strippers and techniques are used, which effectively achieve excellent results without causing any harm. However, in rare circumstances where solvent-based strippers are necessary, additional precautions may be taken. This could involve temporarily vacating the premises for up to 48 hours to ensure safety and provide optimal protection. Rest assured that our experienced technicians will take all necessary measures to maintain a clean and damage-free environment during the stripping and sealing process.

Tile Cleaning places great importance on the safety of your family throughout the cleaning process and guarantees the use of non-toxic finishing agents. Our commitment to safety is rooted in protecting your loved ones by avoiding any potentially harmful substances or ingredients. When selecting cleaning products, Tile Cleaning exercises utmost care to exclude any ingredients that could pose health risks. This approach not only helps preserve the condition of your stone tiles but also exemplifies our dedication to prioritizing the overall health and safety of your household.

If you want your stone to be its cleanest and looking its very best you need to have a professional remove as much of the old sealer as possible. Once this is done the cleaning process will be carried out and the new sealer applied. You will have the freshest and cleanest possible stone surfaces once we are finished with the process.

When discussing floors, the term "strip and seal" refers to a procedure where the existing coating or sealer on the floor surface is removed, and a new sealant is applied. Over time, floors can become dull and lose their shine, diminishing their visual appeal. By undergoing the strip and seal process, it is possible to revitalize the floors and bring them back to their original condition. This method provides a cost-effective solution for rejuvenating worn-out surfaces, making it a preferable alternative to complete floor replacement.

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 stone 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 stone and allowed to set. The newly sealed stone will not only look new again, it will be protected and result in your surfaces becoming easier to maintain.

It depends on the type of sealer used and the amount of foot traffic the stone is being exposed to. Australia's Deepshield™ range of deep impregnating water based sealer's offer long term benefits with Deepshield™ Gold lasting up to 15 years. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years. If you have a high amount of foot traffic or perhaps severe weather conditions you may experience a shorter lifetime. Sealing your stone can also depend on the surfaces condition. Once stone starts showing patchy areas and is staining easily then you should have it resealed. Give us a call and we can assist you with all your enquiries.

Many types of flooring can damage fairly easily, any oily or harsh spills can damage the surface and penetrate the pores leaving a permanent stain, unreachable by domestic cleaning methods. We strongly recommend sealing your surfaces to maintain their fresh look and feel, to protect against permanent staining and to prevent any future accidental damage. Your surfaces will look their very best for longer and will be easier and more convenient to maintain.

The idea of using sealers on stone surface is to prevent water from penetrating the porous structure of the stone, which eventually leads to stains, cracks, weathering, and deterioration. There are largely two types of chemical agents for stone cleaning.

It is highly recommended to seal your stone or grout immediately after installation to minimize the risk of accidental staining or damage. As for determining if your stone requires sealing at present, you can observe the presence of patchy sealed areas on the floor or an increased susceptibility to staining on the tiles. These signs indicate that resealing may be necessary to maintain the protection and appearance of your stone surfaces.

Efflorescence is a phenomenon where salts migrate to the surface of porous materials during water evaporation, resulting in a whitish coating and potential damage to the surface finish. To effectively prevent efflorescence, it is crucial to apply a high-quality water-resistant sealer from a reputable range. However, it is important to note that efflorescence can also be influenced by factors such as water penetration. Therefore, it is essential to address any underlying causes of water penetration, such as repairing leaks or damaged grout, to effectively prevent efflorescence. By combining proper sealing with resolving the water source, proactive measures can be taken to minimize the occurrence of efflorescence and maintain the integrity of the surface.

Yes, efflorescence, which is the accumulation of salts, can be removed using specific efflorescence removers and specialized cleaning techniques. Efflorescence often arises from sources such as leaks behind the stone, tiles, or damaged grout lines. While efflorescence can be successfully removed, it is crucial to address and resolve the underlying cause to prevent its recurrence. By addressing the root issue and employing appropriate cleaning methods, efflorescence can be effectively eliminated from stone surfaces.

The appropriate type of sealer for your stone surfaces depends on the specific type of stone you have and its intended use. Different types of stones have varying porosity levels and characteristics, which may require different types of sealers to achieve optimal results. It is recommended to consult with a professional or refer to the manufacturer's guidelines to determine the most suitable sealer for your specific stone and intended application.

The number of coats applied to your stone surfaces usually ranges from 2 to 4, depending on several factors, including the desired finish.

Sealing your stone surface offers the advantage of providing additional time to clean up spills before they have a chance to stain. However, it is important to note that sealing does not guarantee complete stain resistance. Prompt and thorough cleaning of spills and dirt is still necessary to prevent staining on the stone surface.

The recommended waiting time before walking on sealed tiles and placing furniture back on them is typically around 4 hours. This allows the tiles to become touch dry, making it safe to walk on the surface and return most furniture items. However, it is important to avoid mopping the tiles or exposing them to moisture for at least 24 hours to prevent washing off the sealer. The sealer requires up to 24 hours to fully cure and provide optimal protection. It is also advisable to refrain from placing rugs on the floor for at least 24 hours, allowing the tiles to breathe until the sealer is completely cured. Following these guidelines ensures the best results and longevity of the sealer on your tiles.

The effect of sealing on the surface's appearance can vary depending on factors such as the type of sealer used and the number of coats applied. Different sealers can produce different visual outcomes for the tiles. Some sealers may enhance the natural color and sheen of the tiles, while others may result in a more subdued or matte finish. It is important to consider your desired outcome and consult professionals for guidance in selecting a sealer that aligns with your aesthetic preferences and goals for the surface's appearance. By discussing your requirements, you can choose a sealer that enhances the overall look of the tiles to your satisfaction.

Hiring a professional to seal your stone brings several advantages. Firstly, professionals have the expertise to select the appropriate sealer based on the type of stone and its specific needs. They ensure that the stone is thoroughly cleaned before sealing, removing any dirt or blemishes that could be trapped beneath the sealer. This ensures a clean and flawless surface for optimal sealing results. Professionals are knowledgeable about industry standards and best practices, ensuring that the sealing process is done correctly and effectively. By relying on a professional, you can have peace of mind knowing that your stone will be sealed properly, enhancing its appearance and providing long-lasting protection.

Sealing your stone surfaces does not make them maintenance-free. While sealing provides added protection against staining and makes cleaning easier, it does not eliminate the need for regular maintenance. Sealed stone surfaces are more resistant to stains and contaminants, allowing you more time to clean up spills before they can penetrate the stone. However, it's important to note that no sealer can make a porous surface completely stain-proof. Proper cleaning and maintenance practices are still necessary to keep your stone surfaces in good condition. Using the recommended stone cleaning products and following appropriate maintenance routines will help preserve the appearance and longevity of your sealed stone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tile cleaners are equipped to clean a wide range of tiles, both indoors and outdoors. They can effectively clean various surfaces such as stone pavers, liquid stone, ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles, clay and concrete pavers, pool mosaics, porcelain or ceramic floor tiles, bathroom stone tiles, and natural stone floors and walls. Regardless of the specific type of tile you have, tile cleaners are capable of catering to your cleaning needs

Absolutely! Tile Cleaning specializes in the restoration of various types of limestone tiles, including pavers. Our team is highly experienced in providing professional cleaning and restoration services tailored specifically to rejuvenate limestone pavers. With our expertise, you can trust that we will effectively address the dullness and discoloration of your pavers on the front door. Our comprehensive cleaning treatment is designed to thoroughly clean and restore the natural color, leaving your limestone pavers looking fresh and revitalized. Rest assured, our goal is to deliver outstanding results and ensure your pavers are in their best possible condition.

Indoor and outdoor areas, stone pavers, liquid stone, wherever you have stone tiles we have the answer. External tiles, natural stone pavers and tiles, clay and concrete pavers, pool mosaics and floor tiles in porcelain or ceramic; bathroom stone tiles or natural stone floors and walls. We cater for each and every different type of tiles you might have.

Tile Cleaning restoration services encompass a range of essential elements and processes to effectively clean and restore stone floors. Our skilled technicians utilize advanced equipment and technical expertise to deliver exceptional results. The process involves employing high-pressure cleaning techniques that effectively remove dirt, grime, and stains from the stone tiles. We also utilize top-quality cleaning products specifically formulated for stone surfaces. Our ultimate objective is to restore the stone tiles to their optimal condition, bringing back their original beauty. With a combination of expertise and cutting-edge equipment, Tile Cleaning strives to provide efficient and thorough restoration services, ensuring that your stone floors regain their pristine appearance.

Yes, our stone tile cleaning services are safe! At Tile Cleaners ® we use only the best water based products alongside our state of the art cleaning machinery to provide the best cleaning solutions at no compromise to your stone tiles condition. Stone based tiles are usually more porous and require a lot more attention than regular man made tiles, that's why its extremely important to use the right products and equipment necessary for bringing your stone tiles back to their best possible condition. Tile Cleaners ® prides itself for catering for each tile type.

Tile Cleaning places great importance on the safety of your family throughout the cleaning process and guarantees the use of non-toxic finishing agents. Our commitment to safety is rooted in protecting your loved ones by avoiding any potentially harmful substances or ingredients. When selecting cleaning products, Tile Cleaning exercises utmost care to exclude any ingredients that could pose health risks. This approach not only helps preserve the condition of your stone tiles but also exemplifies our dedication to prioritizing the overall health and safety of your household.

To maintain the fresh appearance of your stone tiles and grout, Tile Cleaners® suggests a weekly cleaning routine using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent. This helps remove dirt and grime from the tiled surface. It's important to avoid using strong detergents that may affect the sealer. Instead, opt for mild detergents and pH-neutral substances. For optimal protection against staining, our top recommendation is to have your stone tiles sealed with one of our highest quality sealers. Sealing provides the best safeguard for your stone tiles.

If the stain is relatively new and hasn't deeply set into the stone, there is a good chance that we can remove it. However, we cannot provide a guarantee of complete stain removal; our assurance lies in cleaning the stain to the best possible condition. The effectiveness of stain removal also depends on whether the stone tiles have been previously sealed or not. Certain stains may penetrate the natural stone and settle below the surface, making them difficult to clean. To prevent future staining, it is essential to have us perform the process of stripping, cleaning, and sealing your stone floor. This comprehensive treatment ensures that your stone floors are protected against potential stains.

Our pricing for cleaning stone tiles is based on a per square meter rate for each individual room. To provide transparency, we have a detailed price list available on our website for you to review. To ensure a smooth and efficient process, we kindly request that you measure each room individually before our arrival. This helps facilitate a fast and straightforward billing process at the end of the service, benefiting both parties involved.

To obtain an accurate measurement of the stone area, we suggest measuring each room individually. Simply multiply the width by the length of the room. For instance, if a room measures 3 meters in length and 2 meters in width, the calculation would be 3 * 2 = 6m² in total.

Tile Cleaners® does not provide assistance with moving large furniture due to insurance limitations. However, we are more than willing to assist you in moving smaller items as needed.

Move all furniture and items off the floor so it is ready for when we arrive.

While nothing can be completely maintenance-free, sealing your stone surface can make it easier to clean and more resistant to staining. The sealing process creates a protective barrier that allows contaminants to sit on the surface for a longer time, giving you more opportunity to clean them up before they cause staining. Unsealed stone surfaces are more susceptible to immediate staining. It's important to understand that no stone sealing product can make a porous surface completely stain-proof, but it can significantly enhance its stain resistance. Additionally, using appropriate stone cleaning products plays a crucial role in maintaining the longevity and appearance of your stone.

Natural stone products contain dirt, residues, dust and grime in their pores. These pores need to be cleaned well before any sealant is applied to the surface of the stone. If dirt etc. is trapped under the stone sealer sooner or later it will cause a milky white residue between the top of the stone and the underside of the sealer. The only way to remove this is to remove the stone sealer and clean.

Natural surfaces are subject to deterioration and degradation of appearance through traffic, UV rays, moisture, rain, chemicals, and other impurities such as oil, gas, grease, acids and salt. This can easily result in common problems such as cracking, pitting, scaling, spalling, delamination, dusting, discolouration, efflorescence, salt damage, etc. Sealing offers excellent maintenance benefits when quality products are used such as Australia's Deepshield™ deep impregnating sealers. Sealing a stone surface will provide effective protection against permanent damage but spills should still be cleaned up as quickly as possible.

It depends on the type of sealer used and the amount of foot traffic the surface is exposed to. Australia's Deepshield® range of deep impregnating water based sealer's offer long term benefits with Deepshield Gold® lasting up to 15 years. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years. If you have a high amount of foot traffic or perhaps severe weather conditions(for outdoor tiles) you may experience a shorter lifetime. Sealing your floors can also depend on the surfaces condition. Once they start showing patchy areas and begin staining easily then you should have them resealed. A natural stone floor can keep its natural finish for a lifetime if looked after properly. To ensure that this is true make sure you use the correct products for your natural stone floor. Give us a call and we can assist you with all your enquiries.

You can determine if your stone surface has been effectively sealed by conducting a water test. Pour a small amount of water onto the surface and observe its behavior. If the water is quickly absorbed into the surface, it indicates that the surface requires sealing as it is not adequately protected. However, if the water forms into small beads and remains on the surface without being absorbed, it suggests that the surface has been properly sealed and the sealer is providing the desired level of protection. This simple water test can help you assess the effectiveness of the seal and determine if any resealing is necessary to maintain the surface's protection and appearance.

Sealing pavers or stone alters their properties but does not have the ability to modify the surrounding environment. If you have a damp and shaded backyard, sealing the stone or pavers will not change those conditions. However, sealing reduces the porosity of the surface, which can inhibit the growth of algae and make cleaning easier. While it is worth considering sealing in most cases, it is important to understand that sealing alone may not completely eliminate algae growth if the environmental conditions are conducive to its development. Additional measures, such as regular cleaning and maintenance, may be necessary to effectively manage algae growth in such situations.

Even though your polished marble/limestone/travertine has been sealed, you may still notice marks on the surface. It's important to understand that these marks are often not stains but rather etches. Acid-sensitive stones, such as these, can be affected by any acid, which can lead to a loss of polish and the creation of a dull or frosty surface. For example, red wine can cause both a stain and an etch on unsealed stone, but on a sealed stone, only the etch may be visible. Penetrating sealers function by sitting below the surface of the stone, preventing acid from deeply penetrating and causing stubborn stains, but they may not fully protect against surface etching. Acid can come in various forms, such as fruit juices, wine, salad dressings, or even urine in bathroom settings, and can cause damage. The good news is that this type of damage can typically be repaired.

Tile sealing services typically do not come with guarantees. The lifespan of our Impregnating Water Based Sealers is approximately up to 10 years, depending on various factors such as the quality of the stone, traffic levels, and maintenance practices. It is essential to note that sealing does not create an impenetrable barrier, but rather provides a timeframe to address spills. While an unsealed floor can stain immediately, a sealed floor is resistant to staining and allows for a reaction time of 4-5 hours. A penetrating sealer is applied just below the surface of the stone, preventing spills from penetrating and staining the stone. However, it is unable to prevent acid-based spills (like red wine, vinegar, urine, fruit juice, etc.) from causing etching or burning on the stone surface, leading to a dull or frosty appearance. It is crucial to promptly clean up spills of this nature to prevent permanent damage to the stone surface.

In our services, Tile Cleaners® exclusively employs high-quality cleaners and sealers sourced from reputable industry suppliers. These products are carefully chosen to ensure their suitability and effectiveness for the specific task at hand. We prioritize using premium products to deliver optimal results in our cleaning and sealing services.

The technician who performs the cleaning and sealing of your floors will provide you with personalized maintenance advice specific to your tiled area. In general, we recommend using a mild cleaner, such as Spirit "Neutral Cleaner," at least once a week to keep your tiled floors well-maintained. Tiles with a textured surface may benefit from using a doodlebug instead of a mop for a more effective clean. It is important to avoid the use of harsh chemicals as they can diminish the longevity of the sealers. Additionally, when mopping, remember to change the water frequently to prevent spreading dirty water across your floors.

If your grout (and stone, if applicable) have not been sealed before, it is possible that certain stains, especially in high-traffic areas, may be permanent. However, if your grout (and stone, if applicable) have been previously sealed, the sealing should have prevented the penetration of dirt and other contaminants, resulting in an excellent outcome after cleaning.

Porcelain tiles can be a source of confusion in the market, and many resources have been dedicated to clarifying the various aspects involved. It is important to note that the more inquiries you make, the more perplexed you may become. As a general guideline, textured and honed porcelain tiles typically do not require sealing, while polished porcelain tiles often benefit from it. This may seem counterintuitive, as the polishing process creates tiny pores that are prone to staining. Applying a high-quality penetrating sealer can effectively fill these pores and provide reliable stain protection. On the other hand, textured porcelain tiles usually require thorough cleaning due to their rough surface. If you find yourself uncertain, conducting a stain test can be helpful. Obtain a sample stone or an off-cut and attempt to stain it using substances commonly found in that particular area. If staining occurs, it indicates a potential benefit to having the porcelain tiles sealed.

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