Sealers fall under the 2 following categories
(Impregnating, Transparent or Colour Enhancing)
Impregnating sealants actually penetrate into the limestone substrate itself, soaking into the microscopic pin-holes and open fissures which make up its natural texture.
A clear impregnating sealer will not change the look of your sealed limestone, won't affect the stone's ability to release vapour and will last much longer than film forming sealers.
- Longer lifetime as the protection is contained within the substrate, and not simply on the surface
- Not affected by UV light
- Allows the stone to 'breathe'. Retained moisture can escape
- Surface does not become slippery Provides invisible protection without changing the surface appearance or leaving a sheen.
In order to provide your limestone with the best possible protection against oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance, and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your limestone with a quality, transparent, fully breathable impregnating sealer.
Fluoro-chemical technology integrated into Australian GOLD is the most advanced sealer technology available, providing ultimate long term protection against water and oil-based stains. The micro-molecular formula chemically reacts with the stone surface to create a bond that is stronger than any other conventional sealer.
An impregnating sealer protects the limestone surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier.
(Film Forming, Coating or Surface Sealant)
Topical Sealers are products which simply sit on the top of the limestone substrate, acting as a barrier between the stone itself and any potential stain.
They are applied to the surface and once cured, harden to form a visible film (coating). In general topical sealers are not always suitable for use with materials such as limestone as they don't allow the stone to breathe, they may not adhere and can become slippery.
- Tend to abrade easily, leading to obvious areas of scuffing or wear
- Will need to be re-applied quite regularly
- Can build-up over time to impart a varnish-like appearance
- Tend to turn yellow when exposed to UV light (sunlight)
- Trap moisture in the substrate, leading to problems with efflorescence or damage
provides durable protection against stains, superior oil and water repellency, no change to the natural surface appearance, is non-film forming, breathable, and easy to clean and maintain, preserving the appearance of your limestone.Some Helpful Advice
Choose an experienced company with specialised equipment and expertise to correctly seal and maintain your limestone once installed.
It is important to keep your sealed limestone clean, wipe up spills quickly and clean periodically.
Professional cleaning will not only remove surface dirt but draws out dirt deeply embedded within the pores of limestone.
Get in contact with a professional stone floor maintenance company with the equipment and knowledge to ensure you're valuable surfaces look just how you want them.
Tile Cleaners Australia and StoneMaster are members of the network of independent Accredited Applicators who have been fully trained in the proper application of limestone care products, offering a full service by thoroughly cleaning the limestone area to be treated, product application and providing after sales care.
- Tile Cleaners Australia is Australia's leading tile care provider of all tile & grout cleaning, tile sealing, tile stripping & sealing, tile regrouting, grout colour sealing, and minor tile repairs.
- StoneMaster provide a diagnostic approach to each unique situation, including a full analysis, selection of the best-required method of restoration and follow up maintenance procedures always ensuring outstanding results.
Ensuring your limestone is thoroughly cleaned before sealing is important as you may seal in old stains or dust and debris embedded in the stone, resulting in the sealer needing to be stripped and resealed.Applying a sealer that is not suitable or of sufficient quality will result in limestone surfaces you aren't completely satisfied with.