Benefits Of Maintenance
- Prolong life of tile, stone and grout
- Save future cost of strip and reseal
- Keep floor looking great
Floors sealed by Seal Systems are designed to be easily maintained by the homeowner or on site staff. In the event that time does not allow for self maintenance, Seal Systems does provide a maintenance service at an affordable rate. Please contact us through one of the methods provided on the home page for more information on your particular floor.
Mexican Pavers/Saltillo Tile
Seal Systems has applied two coats of a high strength acrylic coating to protect the sealer and to enhance the shine on your tile. Two weeks after sealing, you may wash floor and apply two more coats of the acrylic coating if a higher shine is desired. From this point forward apply two coats as needed to maintain desired level of shine. In any case apply two coats at least every year.
Mexican Paver/Saltillo Tile cleaning:
You may use common dish soap or any other NEUTRAL cleaner. Always use a soft scrub brush attached to a broom type handle. A mop alone will not clean grout joints or pits in the tile. Follow directions on container. Be sure to rinse floor at least twice.
Use a high strength acrylic for recommendations on specific products just give us a call . Apply two thin coats with high quality sponge mop. Floor must be totally clean before acrylic is applied.
Sweep, vacuum, dry dust mop, or damp mop with warm water only do not add anything to water.
Efflorescence and Moisture:
Efflorescence is the white powder often seen on bricks and some types of tile and in grout. To date there is no product or process which will eliminate efflorescence. The sealer and floor finish used on your tile will allow vapor transmission. This means that moisture will be released from your tile through evaporation. A sealer which does not breathe will not allow the release of moisture, causing the sealer to blister or peel. The sealer used on your tile will also allow efflorescence to pass up through it so that the white powder can be removed by washing or brushing after it has reached the surface. A sealer which does not breathe will trap efflorescence beneath it, causing a build up which can only be removed by stripping. Remember all products used on your floor are of the breathing type. Use only the recommended cleaning and waxing products. If you have any questions please call Seal Systems.
The natural stone your have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Stone is a natural product and simple care
Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface. Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations:
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface. Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Bath and Other Wet Areas:
In the bath or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can minimize soap scum. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.
Do’s and Don’ts :
- Do dust mop floors frequently.
- Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
- Do blot up spills immediately
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs
- Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble or limestone
- Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
- Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas
Call your professional stone supplier, installer or Seal Systems for problems that appear too difficult to treat. The Marble Institute of America offers a brochure that includes information on treating spills and stains on natural stone surfaces. One free copy is available by sending a self addressed, stamped business size envelope to the Marble Institute of America, 30 Eden Alley, Suite 201, Columbus, Ohio 43215 USA.