- A few tips using Aqua Mix for the on-going care and protection of your natural stone or tile surface.
- Blot up spills immediately.
- Don't use vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, ammonia or other general purpose cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone or travertine.
- Dust mop natural stone floors frequently and protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs.
- Specially formulated cleaners for stone, tile and grout surfaces are essential as general purpose cleaning products can cause damage or etching. Aqua Mix cleaners cut through dirt, grease, and grime and rejuvenate the surface. Choose from heavy-duty cleaners for high traffic areas and stone or tile that has been neglected or neutral pH formula routine cleaners for every day use.
- Simply wiping grout surfaces with a sponge or mop will not clean tough stains. Aqua Mix grout cleaners and sealers restore dirty grout and form protective barriers to add stain protection.
- Sealers protect porous stone and tile surfaces and make cleanup fast and easy. Aqua Mix sealers provide stain protection and preserve the natural beauty of stone and tile. Choose from natural look, low sheen or high gloss.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How can I tell if my unglazed tile, stone or grout is adequately sealed?
A: A simple test is to put water droplets directly onto the sealed surface at various locations after the sealer has been allowed to dry. Allow the droplets to remain for 5-10 minutes, and then blot dry with an absorbent towel. If the surface has darkened, it should return to its original colour with 2-3 minutes. If it stays darkened for a longer period of time, the need for an additional application of sealer is indicated.
Q: Does all grout need to be sealed?
A: It is a good idea to seal grout with Aqua Mix Grout Sealer and Aqua Mix Grout Colourant, with the exception of 100% epoxy grout, which will not accept a sealer. Regular cement grout, even polymer-modified grout is porous and subject to staining if not properly sealed.
Q: My tile has a dull, matte finish with no shine. Does it need to be sealed?
A: Most likely not! Most of the glazed ceramics available today have matte, no-shine finishes, yet they are still glazed and will not accept a sealer. In these cases, only the grout should be considered for sealing with Aqua Mix Grout Sealer and Aqua Mix Grout Colourant.
Q: Can porcelain tile be sealed, and if so, what kind of sealer is recommended?
A: Only unglazed porcelain can be sealed, and only with a penetrating-type sealer. Based on the extremely low surface porosity of unglazed porcelain, Aqua Mix UltraSolv™ is recommended for highest performance.
Q: Does a sealer render a stone, tile, or grout stain-proof?
A: No, sealers are designed to provide stain resistance. Performance is best described in "reaction time". Premium sealers provide longer reaction time than economical sealers. Reaction time is the time that a sealer will repel a liquid contaminant before the contaminant starts to penetrate the surface and create a sub-surface stain.
Maintenance "Do" List
- Always use "neutral pH" cleaners for routine cleaning of tile, stone and grout.
- Keep walking surfaces clean and dry to reduce possibility of "slip-fall" accidents.
- Read label direction completely before using product.
- Test products on small area to determine desired results.
- Never mix different products unless approved by manufacturer.
- Utilize alkaline (high pH) cleaners periodically for neglected areas subject to food-contaminant soiling, and on textured surfaces.
- Utilize a scrub brush periodically in place of a sponge or mop on textured surfaces that tend to hold onto dirt and other contaminants.
- Use mild acidic cleaners only when problems exist such as cured grout residue or mineral deposits. Even the safer-type acids manufactured by Aqua Mix should not be used on acid-sensitive surfaces such as polished marble.