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Sealing Limestone around the Pool Wagga Wagga

Limestone is resistant to mould and bacteria, making it fabulous to use around your pool.

Sealing limestone is essential to ensuring your pool surrounds stay in top condition. Outdoor limestone will require little maintenance and will last a lifetime if properly sealed and maintained.

A deep penetrating sealant should be applied to the surface once limestone is laid. In areas close to salt water such as around a pool or close to the beach, it may be worth considering dip sealing pavers on all 6 sides in order to reduce the effects of any potential efflorescence.

Does outdoor limestone really need to be sealed?
With so many benefits, you would be crazy not to!

Limestone will vary in hardness and is always porous – if you apply a small amount of water to an unsealed limestone surface it will be absorbed in seconds. The porosity of limestone is also affected by the finish – for example a highly polished limestone is less porous in comparison to limestone with a honed (matte) finish.

Limestone pavers perform best when sealed for walkways, pool surrounds, courtyards, garden pathways, patios and driveways.

Here is a list of the benefits associated with sealing your outdoor limestone
  • Prevents Stains
  • Prevents discolouration
  • UV Protection against sun damage
  • Preserve the colour
  • Does not alter the coefficients of friction, or slip factor
  • Extends the life of your pavers
  • Reduces mould and algae growth
  • Assists in eliminating the occurrence of efflorescence
  • Protect your Pavers
  • Enhance the look of your limestone with a penetrating colour enhancing sealer
 Wagga Wagga pool decks sealing limestone pool coping with natural stone

If your outdoor limestone is sealed, substances do not have the ability to quickly soak into the surface, therefore all you need to do is wipe them as soon as you notice any potential stain.

Australian made penetrating, impregnating sealers are ideally suited to outdoor limestone.

Deep impregnating sealers can be used for all internal and external limestone and are ideal for use in wet rooms and swimming pool surrounds.

 Wagga Wagga sealing limestone around pool

Incorrect use of sealers can lead to accelerated decay of poolside paving as some can trap salt within the stone.

Topical sealers should not be used outdoors as they can make the surface dangerously slippery and do not allow moisture in the stone to escape, leading to erosion.

Outdoor limestone is exposed to a range of potential risks:
  • Oil
  • Dirt
  • Rust
  • Grease from the BBQ
  • Food/Drinks
  • Sun-cream
  • Fading from the harsh sun
  • Erosion from rain, especially softer materials such as brick and marble
  • Acids (Vinegar (2pH) Coffee (5pH) Orange juice (3pH) Soft drinks (3pH) Beer (4pH))
  • Organic stains caused by direct contact with decomposing organic matter, such as leaves, bird or animal droppings, flowers, tea or coffee.

Outdoor limestone surfaces are subject to degradation of appearance through moisture, rain, foot traffic, UV rays, chemicals and other impurities such as oil, grease, acids and salt, which results in common problems such as cracking, pitting, spalling, dusting, discolouration, efflorescence and salt damage.

A deep penetrating sealer won't affect the slip resistance of your surfaces

is a premium penetrating sealer that you can use both for interior and exterior limestone tiles. This product penetrates deep in the stone, creating an invisible barrier against water and oil based stains. At the same time, it allows any built up vapour to escape. This product is well known because of its special molecular structure, which makes this sealer more resistant than other products.

How can I get my limestone sealed?

Choose an experienced company with specialised equipment and expertise to correctly seal and maintain your limestone once installed.

It is also important to keep your sealed limestone clean, wipe up spills quickly and clean periodically.

 Wagga Wagga sealing limestone pool

Professional cleaning will not only remove surface dirt but draws out dirt deep 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 Wagga Wagga 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 for all tile & grout cleaning, tile sealing, tile stripping & sealing, tile regrouting, grout colour sealing, and minor tile repairs. If you require any limestone cleaning, sealing, restoration or have any questions regarding your limestone their friendly customer service are very helpful.
  • 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.

 Wagga Wagga before and after cleaning and sealing limestone patio and pool coping

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