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BLUESTONE FLAMED – CLEANING & SEALING

Different surfaces have different requirements in order to keep their beauty and integrity.
Aqua-Seal STS offers Pre-Grout Sealing, Sealing, Maintenance and Restoration specifications. These are listed below for your convenience.

Bluestone is an igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of magnesium-rich and iron-rich lava exposed at or very near the earths’s surface. Bluestone is usually grey to black in colour with subtle patterns & is fine grained. Small holes throughout the stone are formed as the lava is cooled rapidly at the earth’s surface. These holes are usually filled at the factory during fabrication or with grout or cement during installation. As Bluestone weathers, the colours can show changes to brown or rust-red due to oxidation into rust of its iron-rich minerals. The flamed, old world, rustic look is achieved by wetting, then running an oxygen-acetlyene or propane torch over the stone causing the surface layer to expand and flake off, exposing rough stone.

SIX SIDED / DIP SEALING

WHY DIP SEAL OR SIX SIDE SEAL YOUR STONE

Purpose: Dip Sealing or Six Sided Sealing is done to help protect porous stone from staining and ease the grout clean up during installation. It also helps minimise efflorescence, mineral blooming and picture framing. Use ULTRA-BLOCK for this purpose. Ultra-Block™ Pre-Sealer and Six Sided Dip Sealer ULTRA-BLOCK is an economical water based specialty sealer formulated as an installation aid. Ideal for six sided sealing, dip-sealing, underside sealing & pre-grouting sealing. Helps prevent staining caused by grouting, water soluble minerals, picture framing, efflorescence and adhesive blotch marks which are normally absorbed through the back of the stone during installation. If a dark or contrasting grout is to be used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of ULTRA-BLOCK has cured and before starting the grouting. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout. [minti_spacer height="40"]

STEP BY STEP HOW TO DIP SEAL

Step By Step Dip-Sealing using Ultra-Block NOTE: Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.

PRE-GROUT SEALING

WHY PRE-SEAL BEFORE GROUTING

Pre-Sealing helps with the grouting clean up process and helps minimise staining from handling and adhesives during the installation.

NATURAL LOOK

Aqua-Seal Gold+™ Premium Natural look sealer with Rapid Seal. The choice of sealing professionals. Before installation or before the grouting process, pre-seal the top surface with AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ if a NATURAL LOOK is desired. Note: If a dark or contrasting grout is used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of AQUA-SEAL GOLD+has cured and before starting the grouting process. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout. [minti_spacer height="40"]

ENHANCED LOOK

Enhance’N’Seal™ Premium Sealer & Colour Enhancer Before installation or before the grouting process, pre-seal the top surface with ENHANCE’N’SEAL if an ENHANCED LOOK is desired. Note: If a dark or contrasting grout is used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of ENHANCE’N’SEALhas cured and before starting the grouting process. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout. [minti_spacer height="40"]

PREVENT GROUT HAZE

Haze Away™ Grout Haze Remover and Grout Haze Inhibitor You can use HAZE AWAY as per label instructions to further help the grout clean-up process and also minimise any grout haze.

SEALING - NATURAL LOOK

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

NATURAL LOOK

Aqua-Seal Gold+™ Premium Natural look sealer with Rapid Seal. The choice of sealing professionals. AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ is the best recommendation for a NATURAL LOOK & maximum stain resistance. Aqua-Seal Gold+ is a premium, natural look, no sheen, penetrating sealer. Rapid-Seal STS™ Formula provides maximum stain resistance in 4 hours. Safe, Non-Flammable, Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant, Low VOC Formula. Also a pre-grouting sealer. Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission. Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling and Efflorescence. Helps to Consolidate Surfaces. Inhibits Mould and Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces. [minti_spacer height="40"]

STEP BY STEP SEALING - AQUA-SEAL GOLD+

Step By Step Sealing using Aqua-Seal Gold+  

SEALING - COLOUR ENHANCED LOOK

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

Enhance’N’Seal™ Premium Sealer & Colour Enhancer

ENHANCE’N’SEAL is the best recommendation for a COLOUR ENHANCED/DARKENED LOOK & maximum stain resistance. It is a 100% Actives, premium, penetrating, no sheen sealer & colour enhancer. For maximum stain resistance and to enhance, darken, highlight & rejuvenate colour. Non-Flammable, Non-Yellowing and UV Resistant. Can be used as a pre-grouting sealer. Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission (MVT). Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling & Efflorescence. Inhibits Mould & Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic & commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous and unsealed surfaces.

Note: The colour enhancement cannot be reversed.

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QUICK GUIDE TO SEALING - ENHANCE’N’SEAL

Step By Step Sealing using Enhance-N-Seal

SEALING - NATURAL LOOK (SMALL AREAS)

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

NATURAL LOOK

Spray'N'Seal™ Premium Natural Look Sealer

SPRAY’N’SEAL which is a premium, natural look, no sheen, penetrating aerosol sealer. Rapid-Seal STS™ Formula. Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant. Also a pre-grouting sealer. Use on newly installed grout 2 hours after grouting (for best performance allow new grout to fully cure before sealing). Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission. Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling and Efflorescence. Helps to Consolidate Surfaces. Inhibits Mould and Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces.

REGULAR CLEANING

REGULAR CLEANING

EzyClean™ Everyday Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner

Use EZYCLEAN A highly-concentrated, biodegradable neutral pH cleaner. Safe for everyday/regular use. Will not affect sealers, stone, tile or grout. Rinse free, streak free formula. Fresh lemon scent. When used regularly and as per directions helps maintain your surface in a pristine condition. Regular use also helps prevent soap scum & hard water deposits build up. Helps to inhibit Mould and Mildew growth. Leaves a room smelling fresh and clean with a lemon scent.

Does NOT affect sealer performance. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas.

HEAVY DUTY CLEANING

HEAVY DUTY CLEANING & DEGREASING

XtremeClean™ Heavy Duty Stone, Tile and Grout Cleaner Use XTREMECLEAN, a concentrated heavy duty cleaner and degreaser. Use on heavily soiled and neglected areas. Ideal as a periodic heavy duty cleaner. Formulated to remove most dirt, grease, grime, soap scum, wax, oil, mildew, algae, porcelain wax and floor finishes. Ideal for areas that have been neglected or subject to heavy use. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas.

GROUT HAZE REMOVAL

REMOVE GROUT HAZE

MicroScrub™ Powerful Nano-Cream Cleaner MicroScrub is a safe yet powerful biodegradable nano cream cleaner that is non-flammable and has NO VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or acids. Utilising the latest Nano-AQS technology, MicroScrub  will effectively remove most light grout haze residue (including light epoxy grout haze), factory applied porcelain wax, floor finishes, surface pencil marks, rust, mineral deposits and sealer residue.

HOW TO REMOVE GROUT HAZE

  1. Sweep, vacuum, or wipe surface;
  2. Slightly pre-wet surface & grout joints with clean water;
  3. Pour approx 1-2 cups of MicroScrub to the pre wet surface;
  4. Scrub the surface with a white nylon pad, scrub brush or scrub machine;
  5. For vertical surfaces, pre-wet surface by spraying water from a spray bottle then apply MicroScrub directly to a white nylon pad then scrub;
  6. DO NOT ALLOW PRODUCT TO DRY ON THE SURFACE;
  7. Remove the dirty solution with a wet vac or mop;
  8. Rinse thoroughly with clean water;
  9. Repeat as necessary.

Grout haze removal from natural stone

STAIN REMOVAL

Depending on the type of stain or its severity, use POULTICE PLUS (small areas) or POULTICE POWDER (large areas). For severe stains, use POULTICE POWDER mixed with water or with the appropriate Aqua-Seal Cleaner or Problem Solver product – refer to our extensive and detailed  STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE for the appropriate recommended product. Note: The degree of success will be determined by factors including but not limited to type of surface stained, length of time stain has been in place, & whether the surface stained is sealed or unsealed. [minti_spacer height="40"]

STAIN REMOVAL – SMALL AREAS

Poultice Plus™ Stain Remover Paste POULTICE PLUS, an easy to use pre-mixed poultice paste. Safe on all natural stone, tile, concrete and grout to help remove stains like oil, coffee, tea, red wine etc. [minti_spacer height="40"]

STAIN REMOVAL – LARGE AREAS

Poultice Powder™ Stain Removal Paste for Porous Surfaces POULTICE POWDER, is a highly effective, easy to use, non acidic, absorptive clay powder designed to help remove most deep set stains from porous surfaces. It can also to be used as a mild abrasive cleaner to help boost the performance of cleaners for stubborn areas and remove light grout haze from natural stone. [minti_spacer height="40"]

QUICK GUIDE FOR STAIN REMOVAL -  POULTICE PLUS or POULTICE POWDER

Step By Step Guide for Removing Stains using Poultice Plus or Poultice Powder

Important Note

Read entire Product Label, SDS and Technical Bulletin before using any product.
ALWAYS TEST A SMALL AREA to determine the ease of application & desired results.

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