Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Sandstone Tiles
Sandstone Tiles are characterised by a grainy texture. All Sandstone Tiles contain quartzite but the quality of the product can range drastically, including density, porosity, slip resistance and resistance to salt attack. As a natural stone, quarried from the earth, Sandstone Tiles are non-uniform in appearance and are characterised by variations in colour, texture and pattern. The most common finishes are split face, honed and sand blasted. Coarse Sandstone Tiles are extremely porous and sealing is essential to protect these tiles.
Cleaning Sandstone Tiles
Sandstone Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the surface of the tile. Tiles with a rough or textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Sandstone Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Sandstone Tiles & Grout…. Sealing of Sandstone Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Sandstone Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life! Sealing your Sandstone tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills and so forth. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can provide a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours. At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Sandstone Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed. Once discoloured, regrouting is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.