Depending on the job, you may be able to do it yourself. Before attempting to clean and or seal any surface it is advised to get professional advice from us here at Spirit. We will give you a step- by-step guide on how to get the job done right…the first time!
This will depend on the existing sealer. Is it a penetrating/impregnating sealer or a topical coating/surface sealer?
Penetrating sealers leave a natural look and require no stripping before re-sealing. The area will need a good clean prior to re-sealing. Be sure to allow the surface to dry completely before commencing sealing.
Topical coatings can be identified by a glossy finish or ‘wet look’ and will need to be stripped using our Spirit Safe Stripper. Contact Spirit for a guide to strip your old sealer.
The longevity of any sealer is dependent on the following.
1. Using a premium quality sealer.
All of Spirit’s sealers are premium quality sealers.
2. Proper application of the sealer. This includes the cleaning process prior to sealing.
Sealing a floor that hasn’t properly dried, sealing when it’s too hot or cold, not mopping up excess sealer and not applying enough sealer are a few of the mistakes made
3.Where the area is? Is it a high traffic area?
A commercial area will likely need more regular cleaning and re-sealing than a domestic area. A
shower cubicle will need more regular cleaning and re-sealing than the outer bathroom area.
4. How the floor is maintained?
Cleaning regularly with the wrong types of cleaners will break down the sealer prematurely and they are also likely to damage your stone. The cleaners at Spirit have been formulated especially for the stone and tile industry.
This is a case of excess sealer drying on the surface, it is more common on honed or polished stone or tiles. Depending on if you’ve used a solvent-based sealer or a water-based sealer, the method will vary when it comes to removing it. If seen to within a day of sealing it is a relatively easy job. Contact Spirit for advice on how to remove excess sealer.
In general, the answer is no. However, Spirit does not recommend pre sealing the backs of stone or tiles when using rapid set adhesives. Contact Spirit for further information.
Pre sealing is usually only necessary when dealing with moisture sensitive stone or tiles. Your stone supplier should be able to tell you if you need to pre seal or not. Spirit Pre Seal can be used as a grout release for hard to grout porous stones and tiles. If you are unsure, contact Spirit and we can determine if it’s necessary or not.
Yes and no…Spirit does not advise pre sealing the face of bluestone with Spirit Pre Seal. Contact Spirit for more information on pre sealing and the final sealing of bluestone.
This is an often asked question, and generally the answer is yes it is still working. After sometime through foot traffic and general cleaning the beading will ease up, but the sealer will still provide stain resistance which is the goal when sealing any porous surface.
Spirit Bright As is the perfect cleaner for the removal of organic staining. Dilute to the desired strength and spread over the affected area, letting it sit for 15-20 minutes before commencing scrubbing. For the best results it is recommended to rinse with Spirit Neutral Cleaner.
If you’ve used one of our solvent-based sealers, use methylated spirits. If you’ve used our
water-based sealer, then simply wash them with clean water.
A strong dilution of Spirit HDC will do the job. Simply wet the joints with the solution and leave it to sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing with a firm bristled brush. Rinse the floor with Spirit Neutral Cleaner for best results. Contact Spirit for information on sealing your grout joints with Spirit Premium Grout Sealer and other cleaning tips.