Natural Stone / August 30, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
The second step is washing. All the tiles must be washed with water and soap and they must be free of any dirt grout or tile adhesive. After washing you must allow the tiles to be dried for two to four weeks depending on the season. In winter it takes more time for the tiles to be dried so it takes more time and during the summer the tiles get dry quicker so one to two weeks would be fine. The last step is sealing. Sealing is like applying a layer of glue on top of the tiles to protect the surface from dirt and water absorption. Sealers are quite pricy however; it is worth it to spend some money to protect your beautiful natural stone.
There are different types of sealer such as invisible sealer color enhancer sealer deep sealer etc. Depending on your purpose you would choose the proper sealer. For example invisible sealer does not change the character or color of your tiles while still protecting it but color enhancer sealer will make your tiles darker and will bring the color out. Deep sealer is used for more porous natural stone such as limestone and sandstone. This process must be repeated every couple of years depending on the type and quality of you Stone. For example for travertine and limestone this should be done every two to three years and for granite and marble it could be done every four to five years.
The main drawbacks involve damage that can occur when the tiles are not properly cared for. Certain natural stone as stated is quite porous so to stop that you would need to treat the stone with a sealing agent periodically to protect the surface. Different polished materials such as marble can scratch easily. Other materials are brittle and likewise can chip fairly easily as well. When it comes to shopping for natural stone flooring materials you need to do your research so you can understand the different characteristics of the materials you want to buy. Along with your research you should also find out the appropriate ways to utilize your tiles and how to maintain them so you can continue to have nice natural flooring.
Let us get into the details about the three points to be considered during the purchase: Solidity: This is pretty an easy thing to measure and people can judge the solidity of the product by breaking it. If it is hard to break the buyer can be satisfied that he has the right natural stone in his hand. Also he can try to drop a hammer from a good height for testing whether it breaks. In some showrooms there will be a separate space for conducting this type of tests on the stones. The dealers provide this sort of space just because of the fact that they are highly confident about the quality of the product that they deal with. If it is of the best quality there will not even be a mark of the hammer.