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Tile & Grout Sealing Experts

We provide specialised sealing solutions for hard floors.

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.

Sealing will help to achieve better results when cleaning your tiles.

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

What Exactly Is A Sealer?

A sealer is a liquid applied to porous Natural Stones and other materials such as concrete and even tiles to help prevent staining from water and/or oil based materials.

A sealer reduces the natural absorbency of a stone.

Types Of Sealers

One type of sealer sits on top of the stone and coats it. This type of sealer is called a Topical Sealer.

The other type of sealer is absorbed into the stone and protects it from within. This type of sealer is called a Impregnating Sealer (also known as a Penetrating Sealer).

Topical Sealers

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

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Topical sealers are either removable (stippable) 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 stone, However nowdays there are high quality water based sealers 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 particular Topical Sealer is safe for use on your tile.

What will a topical sealer do? It will help prevent your tile from scuffing, scratching, staining, and marring, the sealer will scuff and scratch instead. The downfall, since the sealer is softer than your stone, it will scuff and scratch pretty easily. This means they are short lived and frequent reapplication is necessary.

Before reapplying, the old sealer needs to be removed and frequent stripping can damage your tile. If you don't remove the sealer before applying a new coat, eventually it 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 may turn your tile a yellowish color, 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 less expensive than impregnating sealers. Some add additional shine to your tile and even add slip resistant properties. But, the need to frequently strip and reapply, burnish, or buff should be taken into consideration as well as the location of your tile.

Impregnating Sealers

Impregnating sealers are safe for stone and recommended. They sit below the surface of your tile and deposit solid particles into the pores of your stone to coat the individual minerals below.

There is no need to strip the old sealer before reapplying, most aren't affected by UV light, and high quality sealers do not require frequent applications.

How Do They Work?

In an impregnator type 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

  • The sealer is absorbed by the stone.
  • The mineral solvent or water (this carries the resin into the stone) evaporates.
  • The resin is left behind, solidifies, and clogs the pores of the stone so that it cannot absorb anything else.

What Sets Impregnating Sealers Apart?

Is it a solvent or water based sealer?
A solvent based sealer is absorbed deeper into the stone but they have a very strong odor and are trickier to apply. There have been a few reports of solvent based sealers reacting negatively to stones that have a factory applied resin. It's always safest to test a scrap or small out of the way area first.

Solvent carried impregnators are excellent water repellents.

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.

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, soda, 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.

Some impregnators are oil resistant while others are oil repellent. Is there a difference? YES! Oil resistant sealers slow down the absorption of oil into the stone whereas an oil repellent sealer prevents oil from entering the stone.

How often does the sealer need to be applied?

Some sealers need to applied every year, some every 3- 5 years, and others 10 years plus. This will depend on the type of resin used. The type of resin used is the most important factor because this resin is left behind to do the work.

How can we help

TileCleaners team is well trained and very experienced in floor sealing, protection & restoration.

Our long experience that we share along with our team will allow us to choose the best suitable sealer for your tiles, giving you the desired appearance for your tiles while paying the least amount possible. We have a long experience servicing schools, hospitals, clinics, bars, clubs, shopping centers and homes around the nation.

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

We use a penetrating sealer which allows the sealer to soak through the surface.

Presealed floors

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.

Options for the sealer finish

Glossy / Shiny Sealer finish

Matte Finish Sealer

Types of Tiles that can be sealed

Porcelain tiles vary greatly in quality and type.

Unglazed and profiled: Some of these tiles will benefit from sealing depending on the porosity of the tile, or in other words, how porous the tile is.
As in all situations these tiles will need to be tested for sealing. The main benefit of sealing these tiles is the ease of cleaning after sealing. They will require only a minimum of maintenance after sealing although some outdoor tiles may stain from substances such as leaves, soil and rust if not cleaned immediately. Some tiles are commonly known as vitrified and they usually belong under the porcelain tile banner. These tiles are commonly used in commercial areas including outside and toilet areas. They are noted for their non slip properties but are very hard to clean and keep clean. Most of these tiles cannot be sealed effectively for long term positive results.

Polished porcelain:
The process of polishing opens up the tiny clay pockets of the tile which will accept stains and therefore need to be treated with a special sealer.
The sealer impregnates and lines the small cavities, prohibiting the penetration of stains.
Penetrating sealers do not generally alter the appearance of polished porcelain products since they are designed to only fill the microscopic pores and not coat the tile, nor should they affect the slip resistance of the tile.

Some porcelain tiles come pre-sealed from the factory. This has presented problems in the field as the sealers do not seem to have consistent characteristics. These tiles can generally still be sealed with quality known products.

All stone tiles 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 scan be completed after the tiles have been laid or when construction is complete.

Terracotta, 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 tile, then re sealed.

Tile pre-sealing and sealing provide the customer with excellent value for money by being pro-active in long term tile care and maintenance. We only uses quality products which will enhance and protect your quality tiles.

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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.

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