MICROXPEL SOLVENT BASED SEALER FOR TILE AND STONE
WHY IS IT ALL SO COMPLICATED?
Several factors must be considered before recommending a sealer, which can be rather complicated and irritating. Indeed, the choice of sealer will vary depending on desired performance, the degree of colour enhancement, the tile or stone’s finish, its porosity, the location of the installation, etc. In addition, the degree of enhancement will vary depending on the sealer’s base (water or solvent). Several companies offer so many choices of sealers that unfortunately, many of them remain on the shelf unsold. PROFIX has long worked to reduce the number of products in its line of sealers, thus making product selection easier. Thanks to new technologies that make sealers more versatile, we offer a simpler line of products that respond to all needs.
The sealers we offer are of excellent quality, and they will protect your installations against stains, oil, water, dirt, or other contaminants. They can be used on floors, countertops, walls, and in showers.
Cementitious grout remains extremely porous once cured. Water, dirt, or other contaminants could therefore stain grout lines quite easily. To maintain the appearance of your grout lines, we recommend the use of a sealer.
Natural stone must be sealed before grouting. Grout contains colouring pigments that may stain natural stone.
Before starting the job, test a small area to determine if the results suit you. Here are some rules to follow when applying:
- The application must always be in thin layers.
- Make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying a second.
- Work carefully when applying to avoid creating air bubbles.These air bubbles will dry on the surface, causing irregularities on the finish. Refer to instructions for selecting an applicator.
- Grout lines must be clean, dry, undamaged and unsealed. If another sealer has been applied in the past, you should strip the grout lines before re-applying.
For porcelain, ceramic, polished marble agglomerated marble and polished granite, generally one thin coat is enough. Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove any remaining residue with a cloth in order to dry the surface.
For slate, natural marble, limestone, sandstone, and quarry tile, a second coat maybe required. It is recommended to test a sample before starting the second coat. Colour enhancement and sheen vary depending on the colour and porosity of the stone.