How to seal hand made Terracotta.

The following is a 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 an impregnating sealer and finishing the surface with either the traditional method or the synthetic method.

Teatree Handmade 20x20-left unsealed, right sealed with LTP Boiled linseed oil & Antique wax

Teatree Handmade 20×20-left unsealed, right sealed with LTP Boiled linseed oil & Antique wax.

Honey Terracotta 3

Honey  Handmade 30×20 Terracotta Sealed with LTP Boiled Linseed Oil, LTP Clear wax & LTP Antique wax.

20x30 unsealed honey

Traditional method.

The process of laying terracotta begins with spreading out your adhesive on your primed concrete or timber floor using a notched trowel, make sure to spread out the adhesive evenly and at the same thickness. Always work in manageable areas.

Then lay the terracotta into the adhesive, be careful not to get any adhesive on the top surface of the terracotta. Allow for a 5-10mm grout joint.
Leave the adhesive to set as per the manufactures instructions.

Once the adhesive has set, apply an even coat of LTP Boiled Linseed Oil and allow sealer to absorb naturally. Apply further coats at 2 – 4 hours intervals until the terracotta is fully saturated. (remove any excess that is on the tile after 1 hour).
Allow 24 hours for the final coat to cure.

Once the final coat has hardened apply a coat of LTP Antique Wax, leave for 20-30 minutes and the buff to a shine with a stiff brush or buffing machine.

After the wax has been buffed, grout tiles with a grout float, leave for the recommended time and sponge off the residues.
Once dry, dust of any remaining residues and then apply another coat of LTP Antique wax and leave to dry overnight.

For additional protection and to give the terracotta a shine, apply 2-3 coats of LTP Ironwax Gloss.

For more information on traditional sealing please follow our video guide.

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The synthetic method.
Applying LTP Colour Intensifier

LTP Colour Intensifier is a colour enhancing matt finish sealer that still allows the tile to breathe. Lay the tiles in the adhesive the same as per the traditional method.

Once the adhesive has set, apply sealer to the surface of the terracotta and spread out evenly using a sealant applicator.
Allow the sealer to dry naturally and add another coat at two hourly intervals until the terracotta is fully saturated.

45 minutes after applying the final coat of sealer dry buff the surface using a microfiber cloth to remove any excess and leave to dry naturally. N.B newly sealed surfaces should be left to dry for a minimum of 12 hours before allowing heavy traffic or finishing with a film forming sealer.

Applying LTP Ironwax Satin or Gloss.

Apply sealer to the surface and spread out evenly, two coats should be applied at hourly intervals. Leave to dry naturally, do not rub or buff. Leave Ironwax to cure for 4 hours and then grout in the joints.

Once residual grout has been removed and the joints have been firmed off (min 12hours). Apply further thin coat and leave to dry. Repeat this until desired finish has been achieved (max 6 coats).

Newly sealed surfaces should be left to dry for a minimum of 12 hours before allowing heavy traffic. Do not wash for 3 days.

For PDF Terracotta, Cleaning sealer & aftercare guide – synthetic method

For weekly aftercare use LTP Floorshine.

 

 

Please note that this information is offered as general guidance only and without guarantee. Your specific circumstances may need an alternative approach. In case of doubt, any process should be tried out in an inconspicuous area before general application.

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Sealing Stone Outside

Limestone, Sandstone, Travertine, Marble, Slate, Granite, concrete:
Regardless of what type of flooring you choose, the likelihood is it will require some form of sealing.

This is because natural stone is porous, and therefore if left unsealed, any moisture will be soaked up by the stone making it very difficult to remove, and potentially leaving the surface permanently stained (sometimes even fallen leaves can cause stains).

The best way to prevent all this is to seal the stone.

When you seal a stone, you are essentially filling any voids or pores of the stone with the sealer. This prevents any further liquid to absorb in to the tile, as demonstrated here with this close up shot of a water droplet on a tile sealed with LTP Mattstone.

When sealing natural stone outside it is important to use a breathable impregnating sealer, this will allow the transition of moisture from underneath.
Examples include LTP Mattstone H20 which will leave the stone looking as it does naturally. And LTP External Stone Sealer which will enhance any natural colour in the stone, both of these are water based breathable sealers and will require 24 hours to cure.

It is important to note that all stones located outdoors are susceptible to a condition known as efflorescence.
This blooming is caused by water moving through the substrate of a material and carrying minerals and salts found in the mortar bed, grout, soil or the stone itself.
We have a blog here all about efflorescence.

Its also very important when laying Natural stone to make sure that its fixed on a full bed of adhesive and not spot fixed.
The end result could look like this if its spot fixed.
Spot fixing issue Sandstone

If this has already happened to your patio, we have a blog here.

When sealing different natural stones, what will vary the most will be how many coats the stone will need before it is fully sealed.
Each stone exhibits different levels of porosity. A tumbled Limestone may have a higher porosity level than a Honed and filled Limestone.

Sealing natural stone with Mattstone H20 

Shake bottle before use.

Test the porosity of your stone with water and a teaspoon, using the LTP porosity test.

Once surfaces are clean and dry, apply the product to the surface evenly using a sealant applicator pad, brush or soft cloth.

When sealing its important not to over apply the sealer and redistribute excess, avoid letting the sealer pool on the surface, as this can cause white marks to appear on the stone when it dries.
On highly absorbent surfaces apply several coats wet-in-wet.
After 15 minutes, remove any excess sealer with an absorbent cloth. Do not allow residues to dry on the surface.
Do not walk on the surface for 3 hours and protect from wet conditions for 3 days.

Sealing Stone With LTP External Stone Sealer.

Shake bottle well before use. Apply evenly to the surface using a foam roller or paint brush. On more absorbent surfaces apply further coats at hourly intervals until the surface is completely saturated. Remove any residual sealer if still visible after one hour

Cleaning Tiles Outside

Before you start sealing your stone it is important to make sure your stone is clean and dry, other wise you will just seal in dirt and grime.

Old layers of sealer, dirt residues and light deposits of organic matter and algae must be removed from the surface and pores of the stone.

This can be done by either using LTP Grimex which is a intensive cleaner or LTP Mouldex Paving Cleaner.

To Clean with LTP Grimex, dilute 1:3 with water, apply to the surface with a sponge or water brush and leave to sit on the surface of the tiles for as long as it takes for the dirt to release. (5-30 minutes depending upon the level of dirt). If areas look as if they are drying out just add a little more solution to keep the area wet.

Agitate the surface with a stiff deck brush after approx 10 minutes (scrubber machines can be used).

Continue to scrub while adding clean water. Remove residues from the surface with water or scrubber machine.

Rinse thoroughly with clean fresh water to remove all remaining residues. Use a power washer if necessary.

Allow the surface at least 24 hours to dry before sealing.

To clean with LTP Mouldex Paving Cleaner, Shake well before use.
Surfaces to be treated should be completely dry before application.
Pour solution undiluted directly onto the pavers and spread out evenly using a sponge or paint brush, Garden sprayers can also be used and leave for a minimum of 1 hour.

Apply a little water and agitate with a stiff Deck brush or emulsifying pad to release the dirt and grime, and then rinse thoroughly using a hose or jet wash.
Some stubborn stains and black spot may require a longer treatment, in which case apply and leave on surfaces overnight. If some black spot remains after treatment, It should fade and disappear after a few days following the treatment. If not: re-apply. Keep pets off at all times during treatment. In case of contact with metals, fabrics and painted surfaces rinse with water immediately. Do not use on warm surfaces. Do not apply if rain is imminent. Avoid contact with ponds & plant life: if contact is made rinse well with plenty of water.

General Maintenance.
Weekly or daily depending on conditions, use a hose and a brush to remove any debris that may be lying on the stone.
Then annually if required use LTP Grimex, this will remove surface dirt and grime, possibly every 6-12 months depending on condition.
Dilute Grimex 1:3 parts water and apply the solution on to the surface and agitate.
Leave for 10 minutes before agitating again and then rinse with water.
Allow 24 hours to dry and then if necessary re-apply a light coat of sealer.

PLEASE NOTE: Always follow the detailed instructions on the product labels. Protect stone surfaces from contact with acidic substances. Do not use abrasive materials on honed or polished stones. Avoid using normal detergents or strong bleach cleaners on sealed surfaces as they will gradually remove the protective seal.

Please note that this information is offered as general guidance only and without guarantee. Your specific circumstances may need an alternative approach. In case of doubt, any process should be tried out in an inconspicuous area before general application.

Why do I need to seal my Floor or Wall Tiles?

If your tiles are porous like Natural Stone, Terracotta, Slate, Polished Porcelain & Quarry Tiles then we would always recommend sealing them.

There are essentially three aims when sealing a tile.

  • Stain Prevention
  • Surface Protection
  • Surface Enhancement

It is not always possible or indeed necessary to achieve all the aims, however stain prevention tends to be the overriding aim.

To achieve these aims there is the choice of two types of sealers

These will either be spirit based or water based.

These two types of sealers can be used independently or together depending on the type of surface being sealed and depending on the type of finish required:

Essentially there are three types of finish:

The first two are achieved with impregnating sealers, and the third with Surface sealers

Impregnating Sealers:

Unsealed, most natural tiles are absorbent to some degree or other, just  pour a tea spoon

Natural stone protected with LTP Mattstone

Natural stone protected with LTP Mattstone

of water on to an unsealed tile and observe how quickly the water is absorbed. English Limestone, Sandstone, Marble  and Terracotta tend to be the most absorbent and denser surfaces such as Granite and basalt? Much less absorbent, Travertine and Slate sit somewhere in the middle.

Full bodied Porcelain and Quarry Tiles may seem highly vitrified, but they can still be absorbent. On the whole the cheaper the tile here, the more absorbent it is likely to be..

Tiles have small pin-holes and open fissures as part of its natural texture. This texture will tend to accumulate grit and stains as part of the natural wearing process and unless they are impregnated will cause the floor to stain.

An impregnating sealer will have a carrier, often white spirit and a sealer within it. Once absorbed the carrier evaporates leaving the sealer in situ protecting the tile just below the surface

Depending on the porosity of the tile, a second or third coat of sealer may be needed.

In some cases a secondary seal is required to protect the surface of the tile, or to give the surface a gloss or satin finish.

Impregnating sealers are absorbed into the tile sealing it just below the surface, they tend not to alter the characteristic of the tile and whilst they offer mechanical strength to a tile and in some cases ..colour enhancement.., they will not offer surface protection.

Surface sealers

To achieve surface protection and a different finish to the tile , a surface sealer is used, these will provide the tile with a gloss or satin finish. In this case clearly the natural look of the tile is being altered.

Apply LTP Glaze Protector

Glazed Tile- Sealed with LTP Glaze Protector

As a general rule surface sealers tend to be water based, rather than spirit based and depending on the nature of the surface being sealed can be used on their own or in conjunction with an impregnating sealer.

Advantages and disadvantages of Spirit Based & Water Based Sealers

Spirit based and water based sealers now perform equally well provided you purchase a water based sealer rather than a water based water repellent.

In our experience whilst water based impregnating sealers are becoming more widely used for environmental reasons, spirit based sealers are still much more popular for the simple reason: they are easier to apply.  Spirit is a better carrier than water, so spirit based sealers transport the sealer deeper into a tile.

However, as with paints the trend is away from solvent/spirit based products to waterbased sealers.

Another reason for considering waterbased sealers is they have much less odour than spirit based sealers.

External Use:  Swimmimg Pool surrounds: Wet Rooms:

In most circumstances impregnating sealers will be breathable allowing use in wet area’s and outside.

This is not always the case with surface sealers:

Whether they are polyurethane varnishes or waterbased;  surface sealers are not breathable and should not be specified for wet area’s or externally.

And finally

Everything above applies to grout joints as well as tiles. So remember to seal the grouting as well to achieve a perfect durable finish for your tiled surface with LTP Grout & Tile ProtectorLTP 600ml Grout & Tile Protector Aerosol

How do I remove white marks (Calcium Carbonate Deposits) from the surface of Slate

Slate tiles showing calcium carbonate deposits onDESCRIPTION:  Slate is basically squashed mud and silt from ancient oceans and river beds subjected to tremendous pressures in a hot environment deep underground. Eventually being forced to the surface by the collision of continents. Slate is hundred’s of million’s of years old. It is possible to get deposits of limestone and marble pebbles or stones, which crush between the layers of silt and then harden to form a calciferous deposit. This is normally visible on the surface of slate after it has been split. It is not a defect, but a natural characteristic of the stone. Aesthetically these deposits are not always appealing, so the following is a guide, which should help aid their removal.

LTP Grout Stain Remover applied to the surface of slateLTP Grout Stain Remover is applied to the surface.

The moment it makes contact with the calcium carbonate deposit it begins to dissolve.LTP Grout stain remover agitate with black emulsifying pad

Agitating the surface using a black   emulsifying pad aids removal without damaging. Make sure to clean           the whole surface and not just the deposit. Rinse well with plenty of water.

Once Dry surface of slate is sealed with LTP Colour IntensifierOnce dry the surface is sealed with LTP Colour Intensifier and Stainblock.

After treatment the slate should appear darker. This also helps to further disguise the blemish that is left following the removal of the calcium carbonate deposit.

Sealed surfaces should be maintained with a mild PH detergent such as LTP  Waxwash.

Repeated use of stronger detergents for maintenance can cause un-necessary damage.

INITIAL CLEANING:                   LTP GROUT STAIN REMOVER       1ltr & 5ltr

  • LTP-GroutStainRemover5L&1L_2011_WebThis should be done after fixing and before sealing and grouting to remove calcium carbonate deposits, dust and dirt that have accumulated during the production and fixing process.  Apply undiluted solution to the surface of the stone and agitate immediately with an emulsifying pad. Rinse thoroughly with a separate pot of clean fresh water. Wipe away the released calcium dirt and grime with a mop or sponge and water and leave to dry for 24 hrs.

TDS – http://www.ltp-online.co.uk/images/tds-Grout_Stain_Remover.pdf

SEALING:  LTP COLOUR INTENSIFIER           500ml, 1ltr & 5ltr

  • LTP-ColourIntensifier5L_1L_500ml_Grp_WebBefore grouting apply a coat of LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock, check that all of the sealer has been fully absorbed within 40 minutes, any excess that remains on the surface after 40 minutes should be worked in with a soft cloth or buffing machine. Leave for a further 4 hours or overnight before grouting the joints. Once all residual grout has been removed and the surface and joints are thoroughly dry; apply a final coat of sealer covering the joints as well. Buff to remove any excess within 40 minutes and then leave for a minimum of 3 days to fully harden before making excessively wet.

TDS – http://www.ltp-online.co.uk/images/tds-Colour_Intensifier.pdf

MAINTENANCE:               LTP WAXWASH                            1ltr & 5ltr

DAILY/WEEKLYLTP-Waxwash5L&1L_Web

  • Add 1 cap full of LTP Waxwash per litre of warm water. Apply to the surface with a mop to remove daily dirt and leave to dry. Does not require rinsing.  Using the correct low ph maintenance cleaner will help to increase the life of the seal.

TDS – http://www.ltp-online.co.uk/images/tds-Waxwash.pdf

IMPORTANT NOTES:

When cleaning or sealing vertical surfaces start at the top and work down.

Provided the surfaces are correctly sealed and maintained protection should last 4 – 5 years before considering applying a top up coat. Sealing will not prevent wear from abrasion.

After Intensive cleaning to remove any ingrained dirt or other staining and once dry, always test for moisture ingress. If evident cleaned areas should be re-sealed.

When using LTP Grout Stain Remover, gloves should be worn and ensure you fully read & understand the directions for use.

For detailed application instructions please see Technical Data Sheets.

Natural Stone Tiles – How to Fix & Seal to Avoid Discolouration?

Installation of natural stone tiles can cause discolouration?

Poor tile installation and fitting of natural stone surfaces is often the cause of discolouration of the surface. Natural stone tiles should always be buttered on the back and then laid into an even bed of adhesive. Spot fixing often causes issues with discolouration of the tile surface.

Stone floor that has been spot fixed

Natural stone floor installed using spot fixing. This has caused discolouration of the tiles.

What is spot fixing?

This is a method of tile installation and slab laying that involves only placing enough grout or cement at the corners and centre of the tiles, in order that it is laid level. This process will leave voids between the adhesive, tile and the sub floor. These voids will be the root cause of the issue of staining and discolouration.

What causes the discolouration?

Tile installation requires the use of moisture with in the adhesive used to fix the tile. When using spot fixing to install tiled surfaces this moisture can collect in the voids between the tile, adhesive and sub floor. When this occurs, minerals from the adhesive or concrete sub floor become activated. These minerals can then travel through to the face of the stone leaving a ring mark or staining effect. Each ring outlines where the spot of adhesive is under the stone.

Interior floor showing spot fixing discolouration

When spot fixing is used the appearance of interior floors can be significantly effected

The difference between Natural Stone and Concrete?

Spot fixing natural stone is not the same as spot fixing a concrete paver. Concrete pavers are in general much denser with fewer larger capillaries. Fixing concrete to concrete with cement does not normally result in the same staining issues. However, when fixing a natural stone paver it is important to butter the back of each slab with mortar before laying them into an even bed of mortar to avoid staining.

Natural Stone Patio with Spot Fixing Discolouration

Spot fixing is also an issue when natural stone tiles are laid outside

Removing spot fixing discolouration

Removing staining associated with spot fixing is very difficult. This is because it is not just on or near the surface, but right through the stone. Scrubbing the surface with a residual grout or efflorescence remover such as LTP Grout Stain Remover may help to lighten the appearance of the ring marks, but it does not always completely eliminate them. It is also often harder to remove the marks if the surface is sealed when laid.

Acid based cleaners such as LTP Grout Stain Remover can also affect acid sensitive surfaces such as limestone or marble, however if the they are rough cut or tumbled the contact with an acid makes little difference to the overall appearance provided that it is applied evenly. Stones such as sandstone and slate are not normally affected.

Quite often the only effective method of resolving this issue is to rip up and replace and then complete tile installation correctly following your adhesive suppliers recommendations.

Laying natural stone tiles correctly

When laying natural stone tiles correctly we would suggest sealing the stone with LTP Mattstone, LTP Mattstone H20 or LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock, depending upon your surface type and desired finish. These are impregnating breathable sealers that will help to enhance and protect the stone and at the same time allow the microscopic transition of moisture.

PLEASE NOTE: Always follow the detailed instructions on the product labels. Protect stone surfaces from contact with acidic substances. Do not use abrasive materials on honed or polished stones. Avoid using normal detergents or strong bleach cleaners on sealed surfaces as they will gradually remove the protective seal.

At LTP we believe in helping to offer solutions and this is why we offer a no obligation LTP TECHNICAL HELPLINE, so please give us a call on +44 (0) 1823 666213 or email info@ltp-online.co.uk and we will be happy to help you.

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Patio & Driveway Surfaces – Cleaning, Sealing & Maintenance

Natural Stone Surfaces – External Application

Cleaning, Sealing and Maintaining Natural Stone – Part Three

Natural stone has been used as an external surface covering for paths, driveways, patios, court yards, terraces, porch areas,verandas, loggia and sun decks for centuries. As with all natural materials, it does need a certain level of care.

This is the third in a 16 part series of posts that will offer a comprehensive guide to cleaning, sealing and maintaining all types of stone, porcelain, quarry, terracotta and glazed ceramic tiles and surfaces. This post explains the LTP three-step approach to cleaning, protecting and maintaining natural stone surfaces used in external applications such as paths, driveways, patios, court yards, terraces, porch areas,verandas, loggia and sun decks. Natural riven or rough cut stones are often used outside because they are naturally slip resistant. Normally thicker than internally fixed stone they are more robust and harder wearing. The following guide will explain the process and help keep your surfaces maintained and in good condition for many years.

Natural Stone Surfaces – External Application

The following instructions are for sawn and honed, riven or rough cut finish: sandstone, slate, granite, quartzite and rough cut and riven limestone.

Step one: Initial cleaning

Before sealing, clean natural stone thoroughly to make sure that the surface is sealed  effectively. This is true of newly installed surfaces, as well as existing, due to the contamination that can occur during fitting. On existing surfaces such as patios, driveways, paths and terraces remove old layers of sealer, dirt residues and light deposits of organic matter and algae  from the surface and pores of the stone. For newly installed surfaces cleaning should remove all grout and cement residue and any general dirt or grime that has built up while fitting. Bucket, mop, sponge, scrubbing-brush or scrubber dryer machine if available.

Newly installed surfaces

Before grouting and once surfaces are clean and dry: Apply one coat of LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock before grouting. This treatment will help with the removal of residual cement and grout from the surface of the stone paths, driveways, patios, court yards, terraces, porch areas, verandas, loggia and sun decksLTP recommends using LTP Grout Stain Remover to clean and remove residual grout and mortar from the textured riven surface of natural stone driveways, patios, court yards, paths, stone terraces,verandas, porch areas and sun decks once they have been laid.

Please note: Do not use LTP Grout Stain Remover on honed and smooth limestone. 
This product is only suitable for use on riven limestone.

Cleaning newly installed reclaimed flagstones, rough cut, honed and tumbled stone surfaces

  1. Dilute LTP Grout Stain Remover 1:2 with water. On rough cut limestone dilute 1:6
  2. Apply solution to the surface with a stiff brush and agitate immediately.
  3. Leave for 5 minutes and agitate again. Rinse well with water.
  4. Rinse well with plenty of clean water.
  5. Allow the surface to dry.

Step One Cleaning External Stone Surfaces

Refurbishing used and heavily soiled stone surfaces

  1. Before sealing the clean stone thoroughly. Old layers of sealer, dirt residues and light deposits of organic matter and algae must be removed from the surface and pores of the stone.
  2. Dilute LTP Grimex 1:3 with water, apply to the surface with a sponge or water brush and leave to sit on the surface of the tiles for as long as it takes for the dirt to release. 5-30 minutes depending upon the level of dirt.
  3. Agitate the surface with a stiff deck brush every 5-10 minutes (scrubber machines can be used).
  4. Continue to scrub while adding clean water. Remove residues from the surface with water or scrubber machine.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with clean fresh water to remove all remaining residues. Use a power washer if necessary.
  6. Allow the surface a minimum of 3 dry and damp free days before applying the protective seal.
  7. For the removal of other types of dirt refer to the table below.
  8. Do not allow the sealer to dry on the surface. Carefully buff with a soft cloth or machine to remove any excess. Complete this within 1 hour of application.

For the removal of other types of dirt refer to the list below. If you are unsure please call our helpline for advice.

Step two: Protect your natural stone surface from stains

To protects sawn and honed, riven or rough cut finish: sandstone, slate, granite, quartzite and rough cut and riven limestone surfaces and help prevent staining LTP recommends the application of LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock.

The equipment you will need for this task: bucket, applicator, brush, cloth.

Application of LTP Colour Intensifier Stainblock: Enhanced natural finish protects against water, oil, grease, dirt, grime, organic matter and aids maintenance

  1. Clean surfaces and ensure they are dry.
  2. Apply the product to the surface evenly using a sponge, brush or soft cloth.
  3. Redistribute to remove excess product and avoid pooling on the surface.
  4. Allow to dry. Do not walk on the surface for at least 3 hours.
  5. Protect from damp and wet conditions for at least 3 days.

Step 2: Sealing external stone surfaces

Step three: Maintaining your reclaimed flagstones, rough cut, honed and tumbled stone surfaces

Using the correct maintenance product will increase the life of your stone seal, provide more protection against staining and make sure your path, driveway, patio, court-yard, terrace, porch area, veranda, loggia or sun deck looks great. Common household cleaning products often contain harsh substances that can breakdown sealing products applied to stone. For this reason LTP recommends using LTP Grimex on external surfaces sealed with LTP Colour Intensifier & Stainblock. LTP Grimex will remove surface dirt when required (normally every 3-6 months).

Regular maintenance on sawn and honed, riven or rough cut finish: sandstone, slate, granite, quartzite and rough cut and riven limestone

  1. Dilute LTP Grimex 1:3 with water.
  2. Apply the solution to the surface and agitate.
  3. Leave for 10 minutes before agitating again and then rinse with water.
  4. Leave to dry for 24 hours and then if necessary re-apply a light coat of sealer.
  5. Protect from damp and wet conditions for a minimum of 3 days.

Step 3: Maintaining External Stone Surface.

Should you use a professional floor restoration company?

The application techniques described above are achievable by a competent DIY enthusiast using the products as described. However, natural stone products are often expensive and by nature each stone has its own characteristics. We often find that many of our customers prefer to use the experience and skills of a professional stone restoration and cleaning company to make sure that their project is completed to the highest standard. LTP is pleased to associate with the following companies that specialise in natural stone restoration and cleaning:

PLEASE NOTE: Always follow the detailed instructions on the product labels. Protect stone surfaces from contact with acidic substances. Do not use abrasive materials on honed or polished stones. Avoid using normal detergents or strong bleach cleaners on sealed surfaces as they will gradually remove the protective seal.

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