Natural stone floors, concrete, vinyl floors, untreated wood floors, and any other porous surfaces, which have not been sealed, waxed or varnished, provide a permeable environment for stains and soiling to set in permanently.
Floor stripping and sealing are an essential part of professional floor maintenance, which provide additional protection for your hard flooring. The restoration techniques often go hand in hand with the professional cleaning of the floor. Paul’s Cleaning Sydney specialises in, both, the stripping of old tile sealers and the reapplying of new protective solutions.
Depending on the type of floor sealer that is used, the benefits may include:
- Prolongs the life of floors
- Provides a barrier against stains
- Enhances the slip resistance properties
- Reinforces surfaces against scratches
- Changes the colour to a desired effect
- Ensures a low floor maintenance
- Expert restoration of dull looking surfaces
What Does the Stripping and Sealing Process Involve?
Reapplying a new sealant without stripping the old layers, first, will result in the floor surfaces looking plasticky or discoloured. The new sealer often fails to bond and cracks begin to appear. Hence, the importance of professional stripping and cleaning of the surface before the technician proceeds with the sealing. The service will unfold as follows:
1. The floor is carefully cleaned and examined.
2. A special solution is applied and left to work for about 15 minutes.
3. The floor surface is, then, stripped by employing a specialised equipment with a rotary mechanism. The old sealant is removed, along with any present contaminants.
4. The surface is subsequently treated with a neutraliser and rinsed with clean water.
5. Drying time of about 30 minutes is required before the next step.
6. The selected sealer is applied in 2 to 3 coats, where a waiting time applies between each coat for the solution to dry.
7. Depending on what type of sealant has been applied, the floor can be buffed with a high speed polisher, upon request. Buffing is also offered for already sealed hardwood or tiled floors, after they have been professionally cleaned. It improves the polished look of the floor and eliminates small imperfections.
Please, note that it is advisable to clean untreated new floors with a professional equipment before sealing them for the first time.
Types of Floor Protection – Paul’s Cleaning Sydney Explains:
There are different types of floor sealers, which may achieve different results. Some are suitable for multiple types of hard floor surfaces, such as natural stone, terracotta and ceramic tiles, vinyl floorings, etc., where others are not.
Water-based sealers vs. Solvent-based sealers
Water-based protective solutions can be topical or impregnating sealants. They are usually easy to apply. The water-based sealers produce less harmful vapors and dry quicker. Penetrating water based sealants are commonly used for protecting pourous surfaces like natural stone, such as slate, sandstone, marble, which can breathe even after treatment.
Solvent-based impregnators work well on surfaces of high density, where water-based-sealers fail to provide effective protection. Solvent-based topical sealants are also more scratch resistant, hence, they are recommended for use in high traffic commercial settings. However, they could be trickier to apply and contain higher levels of Volatile Organic Compounds.
Topical sealants vs. Impregnating sealants
Topical water-based sealants form a protective film over the surface with a glossy finish. They offer an effective stain resistant protection and could provide an anti-slippery effect. However, their lifespan is short.
Impregnators, on the other hand, are strong and durable (up to 15 years) They are also an effective solution against stains. The penetrating sealants extend the life of your tiles and natural stone floors. A water-based impregnator is recommended to be used on surfaces of a high porosity.
Please, note that your technician will advise you on the most suitable protection for your floor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you offer sealing of the grout only?
A: We provide sealing services for the entire floor or wall surface. We do not seal only the grout.
Q: I have an underfloor heating system at home. Is there a risk of damaging it in any way?
A: Not really. Your underfloor heating will not be affected by the stripping and sealing service. Please, let the technicians know, however.
Q: How long would it take for my floor to be stripped and resealed?
A: This depends on a number of factors: the size of the area, the condition of the floor, the type of sealant that needs to be applied in terms of the number of coats and drying time, etc.
Q: When can I step on my floor after it has been treated with a sealer?
A: Your sealing technician will provide you with professional advice on the matter. Solvent-based impregnators usually take longer to dry than water-based sealants.