03.03.2013

The Importance of Tile Sealers

There is no such thing as a bad stone tile

The boom years in Ireland saw an explosion in the use of natural stone tiles for both commercial projects such as hotels and also  private homes. Where once porcelain floor tiles were the norm , Irish homeowners who were now travelling more and seeing the beauty of marble and other stone tiles in countries such as Italy and Spain began demanding  them for their own homes. For a period of a few years, stone tiles went from the exception,as a domestic  floor and wall covering, to being the rule as limestone and marble replaced porcelain and ceramic. Always Seal Stone Tiles with Dry Treat Stain proof from Italian Tile and Stone DublinA lot of these floors are now giving trouble. Hardly a day goes by at the studio without a call from a  frustrated  architect or home owner looking for advice in how to improve the performance of their stone tiles, wondering if they have being sold the wrong  (or bad) stone tiles or if their tiling contractor has installed them correctly…. Get the best Natural Stone Sealers in Dublin from Italian Tile and StoneCommon reasons for poor performance of natural stone tiles: Incorrect stone installed to begin with: Each natural stone tile has its strengths and its weaknesses hence our belief at Italian Tile and Stone that there is no such thing as a bad stone tile only badly used stone tiles. Too often Irish consumers have been supplied with stone which was never suitable for what they wished to use it for. The most common instances of this are the use of polished marble and filled travertine in high traffic  areas such as kitchens, hallways etc. These stones are prone to scratching and breaking down respectively. Too often stone suppliers have not made their customers aware of this. Badly Fitted Stone:In a previous post we looked at the importance of using a professional tiling contractor. This is  as important, if not more so when installing stone. Its a common misconception that a good tiler is capable of installing natural stone. This is not strictly true. While there are many professional contractors who are capable of installing both it is important to realise that installing stone requires a different set of skills and tools. Marble Tiles sealed with The Best Stone Sealers from Italian Tile and Stone DublinIncorrect sealers: Using the correct sealers for natural stone will immediately enhance the  look, feel and performance while  also protecting the investment you made in choosing natural stone.  Unfortunately the majority of sealers on the market are topical with little or no penetration into the stone. When first applied they can enhance the color of the stone and generally they perform adequately for short periods. However, even small amounts of foot traffic can quickly result in these sealers wearing in a short period of time leaving the stone prone to staining from all manner of everyday products – from garden soil to red wine, oils etc Protect Patio Paving Stones from Staining with Sealers from Italian Tile and Stone Dublin   The next generation of tile sealers pioneered by Dry Treat will thankfully make these issues a thing of the past. Established in in Austrlia in the 1990′s, Dry Treat has approached the question of sealing stone products differently to almost  everybody else – rather than trying to protect stone tiles from the outside in as traditional sealers do, they protect the stone (or indeed brick, terracotta etc) from the inside out. Keep Stains away from Outdoor paving with Sealers from Italian Tile and Stone Dublin Dry-Treat is the world leader in the production of sealers for porous surfaces, such as stone, tiles, paving, concrete and grout. The chemistry of Dry-Treat’s impregnating sealers is unique, giving superior penetration and permanence, for unsurpassed protection. Benefits include
  • invisible – Dry Treat maintains  the look and slip resistance of your surface and protects from staining, water and salt damage.
  • Dry Treat can be used anywhere in your home or garden:- suitable for indoors and out, residential and commercial environments, kitchens, bathrooms, patios etc.
  • Dry Treat makes cleaning easier, no special cleaners are required, it  stands up to house hold cleaning chemicals and even commercial cleaning techniques such as high pressure hosing etc
Dry Treat stone sealers have successfully resolved sealing issues throughout the world  in iconic buildings as diverse as The Sydney Opera House to The Hotel Imperial, Vienna. Its also the number one choice of thousands of homeowners from the four corners of the globe. We are proud to have been appointed agents for DryTreat in Dublin and we supply it with all our natural stone tiles.  We also assist homeowners and design professionals by helping them choose the best DryTreat product to resolve any difficulties they currently have with natural stone. If you would like any assistance with stone sealers you can contact us here
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