No more ‘fade to grey’ with new LTP Blackstone sealer & restorer


UK surface care specialist, LTP has launched a new outdoor sealer and restorer for dark natural stone and artificial stone surfaces. New Blackstone has a water-based, impregnating formulation, which restores the appearance of faded limestone, marble, slate and concrete.  Like all LTP treatments, the new product is manufactured in the UK and is offered alongside expert advice from LTP’s technical team.

Ideal for paths, terraces and external cladding, LTP Blackstone is fast and safe to use and the permanent finish created provides protection against the elements.  It can be applied in multiple coats until the desired colour effect is achieved – from grey to ebony.  On honed surfaces, it is applied with a cloth or sealant applicator and, on rough cut/textured surfaces, with a foam roller or paintbrush.  Surfaces can be walked on four hours after the final application and can be returned to ‘heavy use’ after 24 hours.

New Blackstone is available in one litre and five litre units and is offered as part of LTP’s extensive range of surface maintenance products.  To find out more, please visit  For further information, please contact LTP on tel. 01823 666213 or email


Looking after floors outdoors

Outside areas are becoming increasingly important, yet maintenance regimes for patios, paths and terraces are rarely considered. But the popularity of seamless inside-to-outside floor finishes – and the new breed of water-based treatments – are slowly changing this.

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When the same material is used internally and externally, it doesn’t take long for the two areas to contrast. This is particularly evident in stone installations, where flush surfaces are continued through bi-fold doors. Generally, the indoor slabs are sealed and the outdoor surface isn’t, so it very quickly becomes darker, and dirtier. One reason for a reluctance to seal outdoor stone is that traditional spirit-based products – often considered the only viable option – can only be applied when a surface is bone dry. However, high quality water-based or ‘acrylic’ sealers are now equal to and often superior to their solvent-based equivalents.

Water-based sealers won’t wash away!

Once applied and cured, water and spirit-based sealers actually function in a similar way. They’re both tough, durable and provide stain protection. Spirit and water-based solvents are simply used to facilitate application. Once a surface has dried, the spirit evaporates into the air and releases VOCs into the atmosphere, so they don’t actually contribute to a treatment’s ongoing performance. Water-based treatments enter a stone’s porosity in the same way but as they tend to be VOC-free they don’t have the same negative impact.

As well as offering high performance, with low VOC’s and low odour, quality water-based sealers – like LTP Mattstone H2O – can be applied over residual moisture, making outdoor treatment far more feasible year-round. They are also fully transparent to UV light, so they won’t undergo the photochemical breakdown experienced by some more UV-absorbent solvent-based sealers; this UV resistance can lead to extended longevity and protection, especially when used outdoors. Easier handling and storage are also big bonuses and, as a general rule, water-based sealers tend to go further than solvent-based sealers, with a typical extra coverage of between 10% and 20% on most surfaces.


A quality water-based sealer will offer protection against the elements, from frost, lichen and algae, plants and leaf matter, and BBQ spillages. It’s also worth mentioning that sealing, as opposed to not sealing, provides its own environmental advantages. The main one being that a sealed surface requires much less cleaning. This, in turn, reduces associated waste and water consumption and eliminates the need for more drastic intervention with harsh chemicals.

Refurbishing stone slabs

Existing stone patios and terraces will also greatly benefit from a protective seal. Before any treatment can be applied, the surface should be thoroughly cleaned; any residue that’s left in place will become sandwiched between the slab and the sealer, preventing the treatment from being absorbed into the stone’s porosity. Choose a patio cleaner like new LTP Blackspot & Algae Remover, to restore appearance before the surface is sealed and help prevent regrowth.

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Porcelain patios need protecting too

Matt porcelain has become incredibly popular outdoors and it doesn’t need to be sealed – but it can be susceptible to staining during installation. The main issues relate to residues. When using a brush-in jointing compound, it’s very important to keep the surface of these tiles as wet as possible, so that any residue can be easily wiped away. Porcelain tiles can dry out quite quickly, causing an element of the resin within the compound to cling to the surface.

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Whilst keeping the surface wetter for longer helps to improve and increase the working time of grouts and jointing compounds – and greatly reduces the possibility of grout and resin staining – problems can still arise. Dried on jointing compound can be difficult to remove and the residue left can ruin an installation. The textured nature of most external porcelains also makes it more difficult to apply grouts and jointing compounds. To prevent these issues, we recommend LTP’s Porcelain Tile Protector – a water-based ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment. The protector creates a barrier against stains and will help increase the working time of the grout and jointing compound. A barrier treatment will also make ongoing maintenance easier, as it will offer protection against dirt, moss and algae which can also quickly accumulate in textured natural-effect pavers.

Keeping surfaces shipshape

To help maintain a seamless aesthetic, fallen leaves should be swept up on a regular basis. Sycamores are a particular menace; aphids that live on the surface of the leaves excrete a sugary substance that provides a food source for algae. The combined sugar and bacteria leaves a telltale black spot stain and sometimes whole leaf prints on unsealed surfaces.

To clean slabs and remove slippery residue, choose a patio cleaner with a viscous formula to prevent run-off; once again, LTP’s Blackspot & Algae remover is a highly effective option. Treatment will also help prevent regrowth, saving time and money in the long-run.
For more advice and information about LTP’s range, please visit, tel. 01823 666213 or email

LTP introduces new Black Spot & Algae Remover

LTP Blackspot & Algae Remover

LTP has introduced a new stain removal treatment to its range. New Black Spot & Algae Remover restores appearance to natural stone, concrete, brick and porcelain. Giving results in as little as two hours, the treatment is ideal for deep cleaning new and existing paths, patios and driveways.

Made in the UK, the new treatment targets organic residues, including black spot, lichen, moss, algae and others stains caused by damp and slippery leaf matter. Before application, surfaces should be swept clean. The treatment is then applied neat, using a watering can or light pressure garden spray, and left to act for 2-4 hours. The fizzing formula breaks down residue and its bleaching action removes stains. Surfaces are then hosed with clean water. The remover can be used on dry and slightly damp surfaces and should be applied during a morning or afternoon of fair weather.

Newly cleaned surfaces can be protected with LTP External Stone Sealer or LTP Porcelain Protector. Both treatments create a barrier without altering surface appearance; this prevents absorption of moisture and organic particles, reducing staining and the spread of algae, mould and black spot.

The new treatment provides up to 25m2 coverage per five litres and is available from UK stock, alongside expert advice from LTP’s technical team. To find out more, please visit For further information, please contact LTP on tel. 01823 666213 or email

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LTP welcomes back an old friend

LTP has welcomed back Emma Lock to its sales team.  Emma, who previously worked for the company for 11 years, will work alongside Mark Atkins, supporting customers and the British-made brand throughout London and the South East Region.

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Since moving from LTP in spring 2016, Emma has worked with Trade Price Stone, Sarsen Stone Group and, most recently, Devon Stone Ltd.   A vibrant ‘people-person’ with a great love of the industry, Emma’s looking forward to a new chapter, rekindling and building new relationships with LTP customers, and supporting the brand’s growing product range.

“Despite having moved onto pastures new three years ago, many of our customers still ask after Emma – so, we’re delighted to announce that she’s back!  Emma’s role will be to work alongside Mark Atkins supporting our existing customers, as well as developing new markets for LTP,” explained Richard Osborne, LTP’s Managing Director.

Richard added, “Emma’s vast experience of the stone and tile industry, her existing knowledge of sealing and cleaning issues, and her enthusiasm and energy all combined make this appointment one of the easiest we’ve had to make!”

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Abingdon Stone & Marble complete Hatherop Castle School renovation with LTP

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Abingdon Stone & Marble has completed an extension renovation project at the prestigious Hatherop Castle School in the Cotswolds.  The project included restoration of exterior mullions and transoms, and protection of Bath Stone surfaces using LTP Mattstone.

Set in 22 acres of Gloucesteshire countryside, the Grade II listed school was established in 1947, whilst the castle dates back to the mid-late 17thCentury.  Today, it is a day and boarding school for children from 2 to 13 years, and a member of the family-run Wishford Schools group.  The renovation of its fine Bath Stone exterior included ‘cutting out’ and repair of damaged areas, before treatment with LTP Mattstone to protect the stone from the elements.  All works were carried out by Mike Harris from Abingdon Stone, in line with school health and safety requirements.

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LTP Mattstone is a natural finish impregnating sealer, which protects surfaces from staining whilst allowing them to breathe. The protective matt finish strongly repels water, oil and grease; it can be used on natural and artificial stone surfaces, inside and outdoors.

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Getting surfaces Christmas-ready

We all want our homes to look their best, especially when guests come to visit. With Christmas fast-approaching, it’s a good time to give floors and tiles a once-over, to restore appearance and make any routine cleaning easier. 


Well-used floors and bathroom tiles are two areas that often need a thorough deep clean, to remove a build-up of organic dirt and stains that thrive in moisture.  Grout and silicone joints, and tiled shower areas can be particularly tricky to clean and tough cleaning products may seem like the best solution…. but take care. Many of the ‘best-selling’ products – and sometimes even those from eco ranges – contain acid which can damage tiles, grout, chrome fittings and any protective sealer that’s been applied.


To deep clean safely, we recommend LTP Grimex.  As the name suggests, it removes grime and stains, including oil, grease, soot and wax.  It’s safe to use on natural stone, as well as porcelain and ceramics, and it comes in one litre and five litre cartons, as well as a trigger spray for more precise application.LTP_2017_SprayMouldex_500ml


For grout and silicone that’s stained with mould spores, we recommend LTP Mouldex.   This treatment comes in a pump spray and it’s formulated to cling to surfaces, which targets the treatment and prevents run-off.   Mouldex has a bleaching action which helps restore colour and it’s antibacterial, so it helps prevent mould regrowth.  It can be used on natural as well as artificial stone – and on coloured grout – but it’s always best to test first, in an inconspicuous area.

How to use LTP Grimex

For areas that are slightly grubby – and for absorbent tiles – dilute one part of Grimex to ten parts of warm water.  Apply with a cloth or mop and rinse with clean water.

For dirtier surfaces, use a stronger 1-3 dilution and agitate the surface with a brush.  Let the solution act for 5-10 minutes, mopping with additional solution to keep the tiles wet, and agitate again before mopping up and rinsing thoroughly with clean water.

For built-up grime and stubborn stains, Grimex can be used neat and then thoroughly rinsed.


Grimex Spray is really handy for wall tiles, work tops, grout lines and fireplace surrounds.  It’s sprayed directly onto the surface, once any dust has been removed, and left to act for a few minutes.  A little water can be applied and the surface can be agitated with a brush or mild abrasive pad if need be – and the treatment can be repeated if necessary.

If surfaces have been sealed, you’ll need to re-apply a sealant after cleaning and rinsing, and having allowed the surface to completely dry out; we recommend a minimum of 24 hours.  If you need advice on the best sealant to use, get in touch or see the range at

How to use LTP Mouldex

Before applying the treatment, make sure that tiles are completely dry.  Spray Mouldex 5-10cm from the surface and leave it to act for 45 minutes.  Then, apply a little water and agitate with a stuff brush to help lift the grime and dirt. Finally, rinse the surface thoroughly with water and a clean sponge.  For silicone and elastic grouting, and for stubborn stains, the treatment can be left overnight.    NB.  Mouldex shouldn’t be used with acid-based residual grout removers or other acid- based cleaners.

For more advice, contact the LTP team on tel. 01823 666213 or email

New LTP Porcelain Tile Protector nominated for TT&S Awards 2020

LTP’s new Porcelain Tile Protector has been short-listed as a Top 20 finalist in Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone Awards 2020.  The annual awards honour the industry’s “game-changing products and services that have had the biggest impact on the industry over the past 12 months”.   The new water-based product is a protective ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment designed for unpolished tiles, including on-trend natural-effect pavers.  It was developed in response to the huge surge in porcelain specification, in both floor, wall and patio installations.

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Suitable for use indoors and outside, LTP’s Porcelain Tile Protector protects unpolished tiles from staining and facilitates easy removal of residues of cement-based grouts and two-part resin based jointing compounds, as well as stubborn organic matter. The applied treatment creates a barrier, without forming a film or altering appearance. This helps to improve and increase the working time of grouts and jointing compounds – and greatly reduces the risk of cement and resin staining.

The new protector is easy to apply – with a spray, roller or brush – and tiles are treated before grouting or pointing. Once residues have been removed and the surface is dry, a further coat can be applied to the tiles and joints, to help assist with future cleaning and aftercare.

LTP Porcelain Tile Protector is manufactured by LTP in the UK and is available from UK stock, in one litre and five litre bottles. Other complementary treatments include LTP Grimex – a heavy-duty intensive cleaner that can be used before application of the Protector – and LTP Porcelain Floor Tile Cleaner – a highly effective no-rinse aftercare cleaner for indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Getting a Fireplace Winter-Ready

Having been dormant over the summer months, most fireplaces need a little attention come the autumn.  They are, after all, the focal point of a cosy night in and, at Christmas, a key feature for decorations and festivities.


In general, stone hearths and surrounds are robust and require little maintenance.  Stone is, however, surprisingly porous and can be easily stained – and sometimes permanently discoloured – by soot, smoke, candle wax, wine and coffee.  Unlike stone floors, newly installed fireplaces often aren’t sealed to protect them – but treatment of both old and new stonework is very easy, and will be well worth the effort.


Step 1 – cleaning

Cleaning Stone Fireplaces

Whether your fireplace is old or brand new, it will benefit greatly from a thorough clean.  Newly installed stone will have become dusty during fitting, and residue will need to be removed before the surface can be sealed.  If you apply a sealer over residue, the dust and dirt will become sandwiched between the stone and the sealer; this will prevent the treatment from absorbing into the stone – and from doing its job – and will create a patchy finish.


For a thorough clean, we recommend LTP Stoneclean.  It’s a fast-acting foaming aerosol solution, so it can be safely applied onto vertical surfaces without risk of run-off.  Stoneclean can be used on polished and unpolished surfaces – and it removes dirt, soot, grime and any build-up of wax and aftercare product.


To apply the foam treatment, just point and spray in a sweeping action, 15-20cm from the surface.  It will penetrate deep into the stone’s porosity in between 5-10 minutes.  The surface should then be agitated using a white emulsifying pad and a little water, before being rinsed with a clean sponge and clean water; change the water regularly to avoid recontaminating the surface.  A repeat treatment may be necessary if the stone is very stained.


Step 2 – sealing

Sealing a Stone Fireplace

To protect the fireplace from stains, apply LTP Stoneseal.  Like the cleaner, it’s also an aerosol, so it’s quick and easy to apply.  The treatment creates a colourless barrier – without altering the appearance of the stone – and protects against water, dirt, oil, grease, soot and limescale. As well as protecting the surface, LTP Stoneseal will also make cleaning easier.  A little water can be dropped onto the surface 30 minutes after application, to test the protection.  If it’s absorbed, a second or third coat can be applied to give maximum protection. The surface will be fully dry within 2-3 hours of the final application, and fully cured 3 days later.



On smooth, polished surfaces, any visible excess should be removed five minutes after application, with an absorbent cloth.  The surface should be buffed with a soft lint-free cloth.


Step 3 – maintenance

To keep the newly treated surface clean, use a specialist treatment like LTP Stonecare.  It will clean without damaging the sealer or the stone’s surface.  Stonecare is applied in the same way as Stoneclean and Stoneseal – just spray 15-20cm from the surface, then wipe the stone with a clean cloth and leave to dry.  Honed and polished surfaces should be buffed to finish.


During each stage of treatment, rooms should be well ventilated. For more advice, visit

All three treatments can be purchased individually or together, in LTP’s Stone Care pack.  They can be used on of all types of polished and unpolished natural and artificial stone including: travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate, marble, granite, quartz, terrazzo, basalt, concrete and all other types of masonry surface.  To work out how much solution you’ll need, visit






The rise of the Porcelain Paver – and ensuring a great installation

It’s been pretty incredible to see the rise of the porcelain paver this year. Domestic and contract customers have really embraced these new tiles. They do bring lots of benefits, in terms of their many practical features; durability and non-absorbency are big pluses outdoors. The new textured finishes also make them a lot more practical. But, like all new trends, they bring new challenges.

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The main issues relate to residues. When using a brush-in jointing compound, it’s very important to keep the surface of these tiles as wet as possible, so that any residue can be easily wiped away. Porcelain tiles can dry out quite quickly, causing an element of the resin within the compound to cling to the surface. The textured nature of most external porcelains also makes it more difficult to apply grouts and jointing compounds.

Whilst keeping the surface wetter for longer helps to improve and increase the working time of grouts and jointing compounds – and greatly reduces the possibility of grout and resin staining – problems can still arise. Dried on jointing compound can be difficult to remove and the residue left can ruin an installation.

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In response, we’ve developed two new products for unpolished porcelain. Our new Porcelain Tile Protector is applied before grouting. Once it has dried it helps with cement and jointing compound release. For surfaces that have been stained, our new acid replacement Cement, Grout and Salt Residue Remover can also turn back the clock for cement stains. For removal of resin stains caused by jointing compounds, use Solvex.

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Aftercare education is also very important. We’re routinely recommending that customers don’t stop at the bi-folds when they’re cleaning porcelain that’s installed from inside to out. They need to keep going and mop the patio too! This greatly reduces the need for intensive cleaning outdoors – although we have various eco-friendly options up our sleeve should the need arise!

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The following is a traditional cleaning and sealing guide for terracotta floor tiles.  The products and methods specified should ensure that the surfaces are suitably conditioned before sealing.  Future cleaning and aftercare then made easier following the application of a natural oil based sealer and natural wax to protect the surface.Terracotta_line_up


1. CONDITIONING & CLEANING THE SURFACE (before sealing & grouting)
GrimexLTP Grimex is a high performance product for stripping and cleaning of vitrified glazed ceramics, porcelain, travertine, natural stone, sandstone, slate,marble,granite,terracotta,quarry,brick,concrete,external paving,terrazzo and other mineral floor & walls.  On larger areas scrubber drier machines can be used.
Ensure that any sensitive surfaces not to be cleaned are properly covered and protected before beginning.  Ensure that gloves and eye protection and suitable waterproof clothing are worn at all times.  If potable water is used for rinsing we would suggest changing the water after every 5m².
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LTP BOILED LINSEED OIL is a traditional oil based sealer.  Dries to leave the surfaces an enhanced natural finish.  Offers mechanical strength to low fired terracotta’s.  Helps protect against staining.  Treated surfaces strongly repel water, oil and grease.  The product should be fully absorbed by the terracotta.  Do not allow it to dry onto the surface.  Excess that is visible after one hour should be worked off of the surface between coats. Boiled Linseed Oil will make surfaces darker following treatment.
3. PROTECTING THE SURFACE AFTER SEALING ( before & after grouting)
LTP CLEAR OR ANTIQUE WAX blended from three types of wax which gives treated surfaces an excellent traditional sheen.  It provides a resilient protective layer against water, dust, dirt and a variety of commonly found household spillages.  Suitable for all types of terracotta and natural stone.  This product is film forming.
If the sealing products are to be used in areas where food is consumed: Once cured they are completely inert, so therefore considered to be food safe.
In areas of high traffic it may be necessary to apply a top up coat of wax protection every 3-4 years.  If LTP Waxwash floor cleaner is used for the daily/weekly aftercare then a top up coat can be applied without the need to strip the surface back.
Any future blemishes should they appear can be buffed out following the application of a little more wax.
LTP IRONWAX SATIN OR GLOSS  a low maintenance film forming liquid wax.  Suitable for all types of un-polished natural stone, terracotta and quarry tiles.  Protects and embellishes the surface.  Highly resistant to wear and stains.  Facilitates cleaning and aftercare.
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Ironwax Satin and Ironwax Gloss will make the surfaces appear slightly darker following treatment.  Do not buff or rub the sealer between coats.
4. Daily/Weekly Cleaning (for the Easier aftercare option)
LTP_2017_Floorshine_PlasticBottle_1LtrLTP FLOORSHINE a highly effective aftercare cleaner for tiled surfaces. Cleans and protects in one application.  Renovates dull looking floors.  Regular use will help repair and reinforce protection on surfaces sealed with LTP Ironwax Satin or Gloss.  Minor scratches, scuffs and blemishes are repaired after every wash.
The information is offered without guarantee.  The material should be used so as to take account of the local conditions and the surfaces to be treated.  In case of doubt, the product should be tried out in an inconspicuous area.


Stone Super Store & LTP feature at celebrity showroom – Honey I’m Home

Stone Super Store and LTP have completed a stunning porcelain installation for bespoke furniture manufacturer and retailer, Honey I’m Home, at its new showroom in Leigh, near Salford. Featuring upholstered ceilings, flower walls and a stunning Hive bar, the showroom offers a completely unique retail experience. Stone Super Store’s Marmo Calacatta Minimale polished floor tiles was chosen to complement the glamorous interior design, with LTP’s MPG Sealer specified to protect the stunning polished surface.


The brainchild of entrepreneur and interior designer, Maddison Santamaria, Honey I’m Home is a stand-alone brand with ambitious plans. These include the opening of an Academy to teach upholstery, interior design and social media management, along with plans to help school leavers from underprivileged backgrounds break into the interiors industry. Its huge celebrity following includes Reality TV royalty, soap stars and industry movers and shakers, who turned out in force for the new showroom launch.


Described as “the most instagrammable showroom ever”, Honey I’m Home is unabashedly feminine. Sumptuous fabrics and a pink and gold colour scheme contrast beautifully with the Marmo Calacatta Minimale tiles; a polished finish accentuates the porcelain’s striking blue and grey veining and a rectified edge creates a seamless look throughout the interior.

LTP’s MPG Sealer is an impregnating treatment designed for polished porcelain and stone. It protects against water, oil, grease and dirt without altering appearance, making it ideal for high traffic showroom areas, as well as worktops, fireplaces and external surfaces.

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To find our more, please contact LTP on tel. 01823 666213, email or visit For more information about Stone Super Store and Honey I’m Home, please visit:

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