Renovating floors and walls is a task that is difficult to avoid if you own a natural stone surface for a long period. Over time natural and artificial stone walls and floor tiles can become ingrained with dirt, grime and stains of all types. Use of the correct protective sealer and regular use of an appropriate routine maintenance product will minimise the speed at which this takes place. However over time and where exposed to extreme levels of traffic, stone flooring in particular, can become dull, dirty and worn looking, even after a routine cleaning. When this happens renovating stone floors or walls by removing tile sealers and re sealing the surface, can be the most effective approach.
If natural stone surfaces have not been sealed properly then dirt and grime can very quickly become ingrained in the surface. If stains such as coffee, red wine, grease and fat are left on the surface for long periods these can prove very difficult to remove from the surface of stone. It is important to remember that even if your natural stone has been protected by a sealing product. This will make the surface stain and water-resistant not bullet proof. Moped up spills immediately to avoid liquids such as red wine, that contain acid etching through the surface.
Again in this situation renovation of stone floors and walls maybe the only effective solution.
Remove excess sealer from stone flooring and walls
Renovating natural stone floors and wall tiles can also be required in order to remove excess sealer due to over application when installing a new stone floor. The application process of a tile sealer to a newly installed floor should include steps to any remove excess sealer before it dries. Failure to address this step will often lead to unsightly discolouration of the surface. Often this does not need the surface seal be fully removed. Please contact our Technical Helpline for help on how to remove excess sealer? When removing tile sealers we highly recommend that you select an effective commercial intensive cleaning product to suit your natural stone floor or wall.
Removing Boiled Linseed Oil
Another common renovation situation is the removal of boiled linseed oil. Boiled linseed oil oxidises over time and provides a fantastic seal to the tiles. But during the oxidisation process the boiled linseed oil often changes colour and becomes a brown tinge or sometimes an orangey hue when too highly diluted with spirit. The result is a dirty looking shadow over your floor especially where the oil had penetrated really deeply. Removing boiled linseed oil can prove to be particularly challenging so we would recommend that you contact our Technical Helpline for free advice and help when dealing with boiled linseed oil.
Selecting the correct approach to renovating a stone surface
The method of renovating stone wall or floor surfaces and removing tile sealers will depend upon the type of surface material and the protective sealing product originally used to protect the surface. Offering general advice without understanding specific circumstances is often difficult although we have outlined some common circumstances below.
If you are uncertain about the type or make of sealing product used to originally protect your surface please contact our Technical Helpline on +44 (0) 1823 666213 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Common renovation situations
Renovating floor tiles sealed with Boiled Linseed Oil or Beeswax
- Step 1: Use LTP Power Stripper when removing boiled linseed oil or wax from floor tiles.
- Step 2: Apply one coat of LTP Stone Oil, following instructions on the container.
- Step 3: Allow 24 hours for LTP Stone Oil to cure before finishing floor tiles with LTP Waxwash.
Renovating walls and floors sealed with a film forming surface tile sealer
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- Step 1: Remove surface seal with LTP Grimex or LTP Power Stripper in most cases, or LTP Solvex for varnishes.
- Step 2: Rinse well with water and allow to dry thoroughly (24 hours).
- Step 3: Re-seal using LTP Ironwax Satin, LTP Ironwax Gloss or LTP Glaze Protector. This will make sure that your floor will repel water and be protected from most types of common stains.
Renovating walls and floors sealed with an impregnating tile sealer
- Step 1: Wash floor thoroughly with LTP Grimex or LTP Power Stripper following the instructions on the container.
- Step 2: Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water and allow to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
- Step 3: Re-apply the LTP Mattstone, LTP Mattstone H20, LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock or LTP MPG Sealer following instructions on the container. Ensure that you remove excess sealer before it dries. This will make sure that your floor will repel water and be protected from most types of common stains.
One last tip: Once you have renovated your floor clean and maintain it regularly with an appropriate maintenance product. This will make sure that the surface retains the desired look for longer and will extent the life of your surface seal. LTP offer two highly effective maintenance products in LTP Waxwash and LTP Floorshine.