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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.

Brian Hook, Bayswater, WA

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

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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.

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Sealing Slate Tiles Hobart

We provide specialised sealing solutions for Slate tiles.

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

We cover all Hobart suburbs

The topic of sealing slate tile floors seems to have more questions around it than you might expect. Do you need to seal them at all? When do you seal them? What do you seal them with? The quick answer is, if in doubt, seal using an impregnating penetrating, water-based sealant. Need more information? Call 1300 771 201.

Hobart Slate Sealing Process

To seal, or not to seal, that is the question. If you are about to install slate in your home, you have probably heard conflicting opinions about sealing your tiles. Conflicting advice comes from different experiences both contractors and home-owners have had with slate tiles.

Different experiences come from using different varieties of slate. Having slate sealed isn't always necessary, especially if you want to maintain the natural look and beauty of your slate, but if the stone is porous and/or you aren't experienced at grouting, seal the stone first. Furthermore, sealing slate is important if you desire a shiny or matte finish.

We provide specialised sealing solutions for Slate tiles.

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

We cover all Hobart suburbs

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Are Slate Tiles Porous?

Slate typically comes from Brazil, Vermont, China and India. The Brazilian and Vermont slate varieties tend to have a low absorption rate, while Indian and Chinese have variable absorption rates. Softer slate requires more attention with sealing before and after installation compared to harder slate tiles.

Slate is a foliated metamorphic rock derived from shale and consisting mainly of grains of mica and quartz. Most slate is grey to black, but the rock may be red or purple, depending on its mineral content. The surface of slate is generally uneven with cleft planes which can spall or flake due to the cleaving of the stone along its layers.

A bit more knowledge about the origin of your slate will help you determine how you want to treat it. Brazilian slate is typically dense and has variegated colours while Vermont slate is typically dense, smooth and one consistent colour (black, blue, green red). In contrast, Chinese and Indian slates are typically variable in density (soft to hard) with variegated colouring. If you have a soft slate, typically Chinese or Indian, pre-seal using a deep penetrating porous stone sealer.

We provide specialised stripping & sealing solutions for slate floor surfaces.

Hobart Slate Tiles After Cleaning And Sealing

You can easily test how porous your natural slate is 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 slate tile surface and grout.

Sealing your slate will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your investment against stains.

Which look do you want your slate floor to have -- natural, wet, or glossy? You can have the wet-look without going glossy by choosing the right finish. There are finishes that maintain the “natural look” after application, but many people love the “wet-look” for their slate floors.

As slate tiles sometimes can naturally appear lacklustre, various sealing solutions have been designed to enhance the colour or create a glossy finish.

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Two main sealing options exist for limestone tiles

  • Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer
  • (Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

  • Topical Sealer
  • (Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of your slate and once cured, will not change the look of the stone. A penetrating colour enhancing sealer however is designed to enhance and enrich the natural look of your stone surfaces.

A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects slate and grout from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores using nano-technology creating a breathable protective invisible barrier. An impregnating sealer protects the slate surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier. Australia's 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. Deepshield™ forms a bond with your surfaces that is stronger than any conventional mechanical or hydrogen bonding film forming sealers.

Tile Cleaners® are the experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your slate looks its absolute best. Hobart's Tile Cleaners® experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where your old solvent based sealer can not be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years.

We provide specialised cleaning and sealing solutions for slate tiles

Our equipment is ideal for both domestic and commercial premises, leaving your slate tiles spotless and hygienic

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

We cover all Hobart suburbs

It is very important to ensure that tiles achieve their cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile and importantly ensure that there won't be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your slate and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your slate with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

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

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Sealer Drying Times

Once the final coat of penetrating slate tile sealant has been applied, allow to cure for at least 24 hours before walking on the surfaces. The longer the curing time, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last.

Types of Slate sealers

It is important to ensure the correct water based sealer is applied to your slate tiles which will also depend on whether they are indoors or outdoors as most sealer's will not last long outside due to being designed for internal use. If your slate is outdoors, it is important to use a water based sealer that is specifically designed for outdoor slate.

You should always ensure that the tiles themselves are completely clean, before you attempt to seal the tile. This will protect the appearance of the slate, and help ensure that there won't be any dirt or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

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We provide specialised sealing solutions for Slate tiles.

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

We cover all Hobart suburbs

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Water Based vs Solvent Sealer

There are two types of impregnating clear sealer, water based sealer & solvent based. In the past solvent based sealers were more widely used as they would absorb deeper into the slate and grout and also lasted longer. Today however, thanks to new technological advancements, it is recommended only to use water based sealers, that last much longer and cause less potential damage to health and property.

Solvent based products are more difficult to apply and can create major problems when applied incorrectly as they are very hard to remove. Tile Cleaners® recommend our clients apply a long lasting water based sealer to their slate tiles and grout. Topical sealer's (glossy plastic coating over the top of the slate) are still used on slate, but these older style sealers can trap moisture in the stone and make the surface slippery when wet. When a topical sealer wears in higher traffic areas, the entire surface usually needs to be stripped and re-sealed.

Hobart Slate Floor Stripping & Sealing - Before & After

It is very important to ensure that tiles achieve their cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile, and importantly ensure that there won't be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your slate and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your slate with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

Our slate floor sealing service will protect your slate tiles and keep them looking fresh and new

Do you pre-seal slate tile before you grout?

It is highly recommended. Unlike glazed ceramic or porcelain tile, natural slate and other stone absorbs liquid easily. Because they do, if you use a grout on unsealed slate or stone the tile can be stained and the cement in the grout can bond with the surface of the slate. Slate with lots of grooves and ridges can be even more difficult because the grout will fill the grooves as well.

It is very important to pre-seal slate and other stone several times before grouting. Use a high quality sealant and choose a level of gloss to match your taste, being sure to test the sealant on a leftover piece of your stone before applying it to ensure you like the way it looks.

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When a few drops of water sprinkled on any tile (including stone or slate) bead up instead of soaking in, the tile is sealed enough for grouting. Apply the grout according to manufacturers directions, being sure to remove as much grout haze as possible.

Only after the grout haze is gone and the grout is cured should you re-seal the tile and the grout together. Again, follow the sealant instructions carefully and enjoy!

Grouting Slate Tiles

After you grout the tiles (preferably with latex grout because it increases flex strength, reduces efflorescence, and has great bond strength), let it dry, ideally for a week before cleaning the tiles. You want to wash the tiles thoroughly, several times, to remove all remnants of excess grout so that it won't become a permanent part of your slate floor. When the tiles are dry after cleaning, you can apply two more coats of a penetrating sealant. This step is to add further protection to the slate, but also to the grout and grout-tile interface.

To seal or not to seal? Go for it with a deep penetrating, water-based slate tile sealer like Australia's Deepshield™ and enjoy your beautiful slate flooring for years.

Sealing Slate Shower Tiles

Slate shower tile adds a touch of elegance to your bathroom. Ironically, the water that slate is designed to come into contact with can cause damage if it is not adequately protected.

When you decorate your shower with slate, you want to be sure to seal the porous material with a protective coating that will keep the water out while maintaining its attractive earthen appearance. A stone enhancer will darken the slate but not seal it. To protect it from water, make sure to apply a sealer.

Sealing your slate shower tile will take a little while, but our experienced & professional team can usually have it done in a half-day.

If you are not happy with the colour of the stone and are opting to use a stone enhancer, at Tile Cleaners® we have a new impregnating penetrating sealer with an added colour enhancer. The enhancing sealer will protect the slate stone, and will also bring out a darker, richer finish in the tile.

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

Our equipment is ideal for both residential and commercial cleaning and sealing, leaving your floors spotless and hygienic

We cover all Hobart suburbs

Frequently Asked Questions

A sealer is a liquid, or carrier containing a resin that is applied to porous natural stone or 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 slate tiles sealed. All slate tiles should be sealed when they are first installed; this initial seal can last up to 15 years when a quality sealer is applied. It is important to call us as soon as your slate floors are installed so we can protect them before any accidental permanent damage occurs.

The best sealer to use for slate around swimming pools 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 slate.

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 slate 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 slate 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 slate tiles in any way; however, it will protect your slate 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 slate. It darkens and enhances the colour of your tiles and brings out the natural beauty in your slate, giving a slight wet/low sheen look.

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

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 slate 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 slate floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed slate floor will not only look new again, it will be protected and result in your slate 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 when possible 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 slate tiles' surface as the sealer penetrates the top layer of your slate. Topical Sealer may result in your slate floors becoming slippery when wet. To maintain the look and slip resistance of your slate 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 slate tiles, they can be etched(eaten/corroded) easily and sealing against acid attack is very difficult. The best way to protect your slate 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 slate tiles by up to 20% and can help camouflage etches, restoring the natural, new look of your slate floors.

To keep your slate tiles and grout looking new, Tile Cleaners® recommend cleaning each week with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or grime from the slate 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 slate tiles is to seal them with one of our highest quality sealers. This is the best protection your slate tiles can receive against staining.

Tile Cleaners® charge per square meter for each separate slate 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.

We recommend that you measure each slate area separately. The simplest way to measure is by multiplying the width by the length. For example a room that is 3 meters long and 2 meters wide is 3 X 2 = 6m2 in total.

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