Porcelain is an incredibly versatile material, renowned for its stain resistance and durability. Unlike natural stone which is routinely sealed, porcelain often doesn’t require any protection – but this isn’t the case for all types of tile.
What’s recommended for porcelain tiles?
Unpolished Porcelain tiles don’t need to be sealed – but they will benefit from a barrier treatment. Many will be textured and even the most subtle undulation will collect dirt or residue – this can be a particular issue during installation, when grout and other residues will be become trapped in the ‘high-low’ surface. Trapped residues will compromise the look of the tile, make it more difficult to maintain and could build-up and create a slip hazard.
Patio porcelain pavers are particularly susceptible, as they will often have a highly textured surface to give them grip underfoot. To prevent these issues, we recommend the ECOPROTEC® Pre Grout Protector. It’s a water-based ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment that’s designed to protect the tiles from staining and allow easy removal of residues like cement-based grout; two-part resin based jointing compounds and stubborn dirt.
How does the Pre Grout Protector work?
The Pre Grout Protector creates a barrier without forming a film or altering the tile’s appearance. It works in two ways: it helps to improve and increase the working time of grouts and jointing compounds, and it greatly reduces the risk of cement and resin staining.
How do you apply the Pre Grout Protector?
You can use a spray, roller or brush – see the Technical Data Sheet for more information. You apply the Protector before grouting or pointing. Then, once residues have been removed and the surface is dry, a further coat can be applied to the tiles and joints, to help assist with future cleaning and aftercare. Here’s how:
Before applying the Protector, give the tiles a thorough clean. We recommend using a dilute solution (1:5) of ECOPROTEC® Intensive Cleaner. Rinse well to remove residues and leave to dry.
Shake the Protector bottle before use. Then evenly apply the treatment using a broad paint brush, foam roller or light pressure sprayer. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Then, apply a second coat. Leave this to cure for a minimum of one hour before grouting or pointing. Once pointing is dry, and all residues have been removed, a further coat of Protector can be applied; make sure that you cover the joints as well, so that they are protected.
For more information, contact LTP on tel. 01823 666213 or email email@example.com