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HELPFUL FACTS

Natural Stone

All natural stone tiles are exactly as the name suggests natural material. They have been formed over thousands of years of natural sediments compacting over time, under diverse temperatures and conditions to produce the many types of stone available today, including marble, granite, limestone, basalt, travertine, and sandstone.

Expect and Embrace Variation

Each and every natural stone tile is unique and varies from one tile to the next. That’s what gives natural stone its distinguishing beauty. The colour and veining will vary depending on where the blocks are cut from in the quarry, and also where the tile is cut from within the block. - This means that shade variation from tile to tile and batch to batch is to be expected and embraced as a unique characteristic of natural stone. The extent of the shift in colour and veining does differ according to the type of stone you select.

This natural characteristic means nobody else in the world will ever have the exact same tiles you receive.

If you do not want colour and veining variation within your space, and you prefer a more uniform consistant look, perhaps consider a porcelain tile. Porcelain tiles are machine manufactured, where the design constrains colour shifts and any veining is printed to a standard.

Remember all samples are to be used as an indication only, as they display only a small section of a tile or batch. Goods supplied will be subject to variation in veining and colour as explained above.

Before, During and After Installation

It’s imperative you check that you have sufficient tiles before fitting, as no guarantee is given that subsequent supplies of the same stone will match in shade. Ensure that adequate tiles are kept spares in case repairs are required after installation.

Before tiling, the installer needs to ensure suitability of substrate, grout and adhesive for this stone. For example; Some natural stone tiles have a resin backing, and different adhesives will be required to fix these to the substrate. Please check with your Surface Gallery consultant to see if this is relevant to your stone order, or refer to an adhesive manufacturer for the most appropriate adhesive for your project.

Variation in shade and veining can be minimised visually on site with professional blending by an experienced natural stone tiler. (A tiler should never take the tiles straight from the crate and install in the order they were removed) Any tiles with dramatic variation within each tile should be used for cutting.

All natural stone tiles are porous, even the most dense granites can be impervious to liquids.
Surface Gallery recommends that all natural stone is sealed with a penetrating sealer. The sealer will actually soak into the pores of the stone. The sealer will not make the stone completely resistant to stains, however it will make it easier to clean and maintain the surface.

The sealing process varies depending on the type of natural stone selected. Some stone requires pre-sealing and others require sealing once installed. Check with your Surface Gallery consultant as to which is the most suitable for the type of stone you have selected.

Regular cleaning and maintenance can add to the visual life span of stone installations. Refer to the Surface Gallery Natural Stone Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for further instructions on cleaning and sealing.

Surface Gallery Cleaning and Maintenance Guide – Natural Stone


All natural stones are exactly as the name suggests natural material. They have been formed over thousands of years of natural sediments compacting over time to produce the various types of stone available today, including marble, granite, limestone, basalt, travertine, sandstone to name a few.

All natural stones are porous, even the most dense granites can be impervious to liquids.

Surface Gallery recommends that all natural stone is sealed with a penetrating sealer. The sealer will actually soak into the pores of the stone. The sealer will not make the stone completely resistant to stains, however it will make it easier to clean and maintain the surface.

Regular cleaning and maintenance can add to the visual life span of stone installations. Stains and marks can be visually messy and extreme neglect can result in un-repairable damage on the surface.

In order to avoid damage we recommend you avoid Alkaline, Acidic, ammoniated abrasive cleaners and bleach, as these will break down the sealer properties and possibly harm the stone.

Use a Non Acidic Neutral Cleaner specially formulated for natural stone

Always read the entire label or directions of cleaning instructions prior to using.

  1. Test Cleaning solution in a small inconspicuous area of the surface (or on a spare sample tile you have left over) at least 24 hours before, to ensure it won’t discolour or adversely affect the surface.
  2. If you are satisfied with your cleaning test follow the remaining steps
  3. Sweep, vacuum or dust the surface.
  4. Mix solution with recommended quantity of concentrated solution
  5. Apply mixed solution with a sponge, mop or appropriate professional cleaning equipment.
  6. Clean entire area with mop, changing the mop and mixture as often as necessary to ensure soil is not re-deposited.
  7. Wipe or rinse cleaned area
  8. Allow area to completely dry before using.

AQUAMIX Concentrated Stone & Tile Cleaner

A super-concentrated cleaner formulated for everyday use. This neutral cleaner, when used regularly, prevents soap scum build up and hard water deposits. Leaves a room smelling clean and fresh.

Key Features:

  • Ideal for everyday use
  • Concentrated-makes up to 121L per 946ml
  • Safe, neutral pH formula
  • Perfect for maintaining sealed stone & tile surfaces

For use on:

Natural stone (such as granite, limestone, marble, slate, and travertine), ceramic, porcelain, grout, quarry, Saltillo, terra-cotta, cement pavers, masonry surfaces, and other water-safe surfaces.

Data Sheets: Technical Data Sheet Material Safety Data Sheet

Available in: 946ml, 3.8L

SEALERS – MARBLE, GRANITE, LIMESTONE, TRAVERTINE

Sealer's Choice® Gold - Rapid Cure Formula
A premium, no sheen, natural look, water based, penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection, especially in food preparation and serving areas.

Key Features:

  • May be used as a pre-grouting sealer
  • Allows moisture vapor transmission
  • The NEW Rapid Cure Formula protects in less than 4 hours
  • Safe to use, low odour, low VOC's
  • Designed to achieve optimal penetration into dense, low-porosity surfaces
  • Last up to 15 years

For use on:

As a sealer or grout release for all natural stone surface, unglazed tile, porcelain, clay pavers, concrete, brick, masonry, terracotta and grout. For interior and exterior use
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SEALERS - SANDSTONE UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS

DRYTREAT STAINPROOF

Instructions for sealing Stone & Sandstone under normal conditions.

  1. Ensure pavers to be treated are clean and dry
  2. Apply a coat of STAIN PROOF at a rate sufficient to leave the surface so it appears glassy wet for between 3 and 5 seconds before liquid soaks into surface. This should be about 12m2 -25m2 per quart.
  3. Allow no less than 10 minutes for the surface to dry, (surface must be touch dry between coats) and soak in.
  4. Apply a coat of STAIN PROOF at a rate sufficient to leave the surface so it appears glassy wet for between 3 and 5 seconds before liquid soaks into surface. This should be about 12m2-25m2 per quart.
  5. After 10 minutes remove any remaining liquids. If there is any foam from application this must also be removed with a clean white cloth.
  6. Always follow all direction and safety instructions on the containers, and test a small area for adverse reactions 24 hours prior to treatment.
  7. Keep the treated area dry for 6 hours and clean regularly to maintain the best appearance, using any standard household cleaning chemicals. Never use any acidic products.

All information supplied is as accurate as possible but no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of supplied information.

For further information please visit http://www.drytreat.com.au/sealers/residential/stain-proof.html

SEALERS - SANDSTONE IN SWIMMING POOL ENVIRONMENTS

DRYTREAT STAINPROOF AND 40SK

Instructions for sealing Stone & Sandstone under normal conditions.

  1. Ensure pavers to be treated are clean and dry. To clean it is recommended a chlorine mix is used to thoroughly clean the stone. On some occasions an acid wash may be necessary, if problems such as a grout smear, this should only be completed by competent and experience cleaner. Note Phosphoric acid is best suited after testing to ensure there is no ensuing damage from the use of acid. Note Hydrochloric acid should never be used on sandstone as this may create a reaction within the stone.
  2. Dip the coping stone, and all stone in direct contact with salt water, in 40SK leaving submersed for no less than 5 seconds. Leave to drain all excess liquid back into dip tank. If this stone is cut during laying process it is essential that the cut surface be resealed. Please note it is essential to use only a modified polymer or solvent based adhesive to glue coping stone in place.
  3. For the remainder of the sandstone apply a coat of 40SK sufficient to make the surface appear glassy wet for no less than 3 to 5 seconds. This is required for all stone in direct splash affected areas and any area subject to extensive dipping, generally this means treating up to 5 meters from the pool edge.
  4. Allow 10 minutes to soak in.
  5. Apply a coat of 40SK sufficient to make the surface appear glassy wet for no less than 3 to 5 seconds.
  6. Leave no less than 14 days to cure.
  7. To the entire surface apply a coat of STAIN PROOF at a rate sufficient to leave the surface so it appears glassy wet for between 3 and 5 seconds before liquid soaks into surface. This should be about 6m2-15m2 per litre.
  8. Allow no less than 10 minutes for the surface to dry, (surface must be touch dry between coats) and soak in.
  9. Apply a coat of STAIN PROOF at a rate sufficient to leave the surface so it appears glassy wet for between 3 and 5 seconds before liquid soaks into surface. This should be about 6m2-15m2 per litre.
  10. After 10 minutes remove any remaining liquids. If there is any foam from application this must also be removed with a clean white cloth.
  11. Always follow all direction and safety instructions on the containers, and test a small area for adverse reactions 24 hours prior to treatment.
  12. Keep the treated area dry for 6 hours and clean regularly to maintain the best appearance, using any standard household cleaning chemicals. Never use any acidic products.

All information supplied is as accurate as possible but no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of supplied information.

For more information please visit http://www.drytreat.com.au/sealers/residential/40sk.html