Surface Master

Stone Sealing

We offer specialized sealing services for stone tiles of all types.

We serve all suburbs within a 100 km radius of the central business district, including areas in the North, South, East, and West.

To schedule an appointment or request a free estimate, please call 0424 907 758 or fill out our online form.

Surface Master® is the leading stone & concrete sealing expert in Australia, providing services for all suburbs. We offer a comprehensive range of solutions for stone and concrete sealing, restoration, and minor repairs. If you need advice on cleaning and sealing your stone surfaces, new or old, or need a professional to do the job, we are the right choice.

All porous natural and man-made tiles should be sealed to protect against staining, chemical attacks, deterioration, and contamination. Our sealing solutions will keep most stains suspended at the surface, providing protection and reducing damage.

Natural stone is both durable and low in abrasion, making it ideal for floor and wall coverings. For non-porous tiles, our specialized impregnating penetrating sealer should be used to seal the grout lines.

As all natural stone is porous to varying degrees, it is important to protect it with an impregnating sealer. Unlike topical sealers, which create a film on top of the stone, an impregnating sealer sits within the stone’s pores, offering maximum protection.

Sealing your stone surfaces is crucial in protecting them from water damage and staining. The process creates a barrier that helps prevent water from penetrating the porous structure of the stone, leading to cracks, weathering, deterioration, and stains. Sealing also provides an added layer of protection against substances that cause staining.

It’s important to note that man-made stone tiles, such as terracotta, are more porous than natural stone and therefore require frequent applications of stain inhibitors, sealers, resins, and polishes. Don’t let misconceptions hold you back from taking the necessary steps to protect your investment and maintain its beauty.

We can help you clean & restore the following materials:

Granite

Limestone

Sandstone

Marble

Slate

Travertine Stone

What Exactly Is A Sealer?

Sealing your tiles is an effective way to protect them from staining. By applying a liquid sealer to porous natural stone or man-made surfaces, you create a barrier against water and oil-based substances. Testing the porosity of your surfaces is simple. Just place a drop of water on the surface and observe how quickly it is absorbed. This will give you an idea of how easily water-based stains can penetrate the surface.

Why should I have my stone tiles sealed?

Sealing your natural stone tiles and grout reduces their absorbency and helps prevent staining. When properly prepared and sealed, these surfaces can enhance the style and appearance of your property, whether you prefer a modern or traditional look. However, it is important to note that sealing will only buy you some time to remove the staining substance, as staining can still occur if the source of the stain is not removed.

Stone Sealing

What type of sealer should i use on my stone tile?

Navigating the many sealer options available today can be challenging. It can be difficult to determine the right one for your tiles, as well as to understand their effectiveness, suitability for your situation, and differences between them.

Types Of Sealers we use

Surface Master® utilizes two main types of premium sealers to protect surfaces. The first one is referred to as Impregnating Sealer (Penetrating Sealer), which penetrates the tile to safeguard it from within. The other type is Topical Sealer, which creates a layer on top of the tile.

Our technicians are well-versed in applying all kinds of sealers and will ensure the surfaces look their absolute best. If a high gloss, satin sheen, or matte finish is desired, a topical sealer can be applied. In cases where the old sealer cannot be completely removed or certain types of damage need to be hidden, topical sealers can be helpful. Topical sealers generally last for about 3 years, while impregnating sealers offer longer-term benefits, lasting up to 10 or even 15 years.

Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer

(Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

Our technicians recommend using a high-quality impregnating sealer for stone surfaces. These sealers penetrate the pores of the stone and form a protective barrier within.

There is no need to remove previous impregnating sealer before reapplying, as most are not impacted by UV light and do not need frequent reapplications. Additionally, impregnating sealers do not change the slip-resistant properties of the tile, making them the ideal choice for surfaces where slipping may be a concern.

The premium impregnating sealers used by Surface Master® typically offer long-lasting protection for up to 10 years. However, in areas with exposure to salt water, the sealer’s lifespan may be reduced to 8 years.

How Do Impregnating Sealers Work?

The active ingredient in an impregnating sealer is either a natural or synthetic resin, which is dissolved into a liquid form using a mineral solvent or water.

Impregnating Sealer properties

An impregnating sealer works by penetrating into the pores of a stone surface and attaching its protective properties to the cell walls within. This allows for full vapor transmission through the stone. The sealer does not alter the color or shine of the stone and does not need to be reapplied after each cleaning. With no surface coating that can be scratched or scuffed, the sealer lasts longer and does not require frequent reapplication, unlike topical sealers.

What Sets Impregnating Sealers Apart?

Is it a solvent or water based sealer?

Solvent or water based sealer?

The application of a solvent-based sealer can penetrate deep into the stone but is accompanied by a strong odor and can be challenging to apply. In some cases, it may react negatively to stones that have a pre-applied resin finish, so it’s advisable to test a small, inconspicuous area first. This type of sealer is effective in repelling water but may not prevent oil stains.

On the other hand, a water-based sealer is simpler to apply and is safer for both the person using it and the environment. It is not only effective in repelling water but also in resisting oil stains.

Does it repel water, repel oil, or resist oil?

Different types of sealers offer different levels of protection. Hydrophobic sealers are designed to repel water-based liquids such as coffee, soft drinks, and tea. On the other hand, oilophobic sealers not only repel oil-based liquids like cooking oil and grease but also water-based liquids. Thus, oilophobic sealers provide a higher level of protection compared to hydrophobic sealers. At Surface Master®, we use oilophobic, impregnating water-based sealers that offer protection against both water and oil-based chemicals.

Topical Sealer

(Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A Topical Sealer is sometimes referred to as a “coating” as it creates a protective barrier on the surface of the stone by forming a layer or thin film.

Topical Sealers can be either removable or permanent. Removable coatings are designed to be easily stripped from the surface of the stone and are typically water-based. However, not all strippable coatings are suitable for natural stone. High-quality water-based sealers for stone are now available.

Permanent coatings, on the other hand, are challenging to remove and usually not suitable for stone surfaces. It’s crucial to consult with a professional to determine the right topical sealer to use on your specific surface.

What will a topical sealer do?

A topical sealer can protect your tile or stone from scuffs, scratches, and stains by forming a protective barrier on the surface. However, it is softer than the tile or stone and may easily get scuffed or scratched, requiring frequent reapplication. To reapply, the old topical sealer needs to be stripped, which can cause damage to the tile or stone if done frequently.

Low-quality topical sealers can yellow the tile when exposed to UV light, alter its appearance, and react negatively to heat and acids. They are usually easy to apply and cheaper than impregnating sealers, but frequent stripping and reapplication must be taken into account, as well as the location of the tile.

At Surface Master® , our technicians use premium water-based topical sealers that provide the best protection available. Some may also enhance the shine and slip-resistant properties of the tile.

Pre-sealed stone

n most situations, our team will be able to eliminate your current floor finish (sealer) through chemical means, and address any discoloration or damage caused by the ineffectiveness of the floor sealer. Once we have achieved optimal results, ideally restoring the floor to its natural condition, we will allow enough drying time before applying the appropriate number of coats of our specialized tile floor sealer based on the floor type.

Types of Stone that can be sealed

The installation process of stone requires cautious handling as they are susceptible to staining from various substances. Sealing of the stone can be done either during the installation or after construction is completed. Limestone, sandstone, slate, and pavers are examples of stone that require upkeep and maintenance, which may involve reapplying a sealer or completely stripping the old one to restore the natural beauty of the stone and reapplying a new sealer. Surface Master® offers cost-effective stone care and maintenance services, using only premium quality products to enhance and protect your stone.

How often does the sealer on stone need to be applied?

The frequency at which stone sealers need to be reapplied varies, depending on the type of resin used and the intended use of the tiles. Some sealers need to be reapplied annually, while others can last for up to 5 years or even longer. The longevity of the sealer is largely dependent on the type of resin used, as it is the resin that provides the protective barrier.

Sealing the Grout Lines

Although not all stone tiles need to be sealed, it’s important to always seal the grout lines. Grout sealing protects the porous material from liquids, including water and oil-based substances, as well as food and beverage stains and dirt.

To make cleaning easier and ensure a longer-lasting clean appearance, it’s recommended to use a water-based impregnating grout sealer after cleaning. This type of sealer creates resistance to spills and stains. There are various grout sealers available with different qualities and prices, so be sure to check our website for advice on the best sealer for your tile and grout or call our knowledgeable customer service for assistance.

Sealing the grout provides extra protection for a variety of areas, including kitchens, shops, swimming pool surrounds, showrooms, and other parts of your home or business.

Stripping and Sealing

It’s important to remember that while sealing stone and grout provides protection, the sealer may need to be removed and reapplied in the future depending on the quality of the sealer and amount of traffic. This process is called tile stripping and sealing, which involves removing the old sealer, cleaning, and restoring the original appearance of the tiles. Surface Master® can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring, including wall tiles, in any location, including kitchens, bathrooms, shower areas, outdoor and indoor spaces, swimming pool surrounds, and more.

Grout Recolouring

The grout recoloring process offers a range of color options, and the product we use not only enhances the color but also acts as a top-quality sealer, making it easier to clean the grout in the future.

Maintaining the Appearance of Stone Tiles after Sealing

It’s ideal to seal stone and grout lines right after installation, but even if you missed that opportunity, it’s still beneficial to seal them after a professional cleaning by Surface Master®

Once the sealing is done, Surface Master® will provide a maintenance program and recommend a cleaning product that fits your needs. Sealing of grout and porous stone (such as marble, granite, travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate, etc.) is important to protect them from early decay and contamination. Even old stone tiles and grout can be restored to a new condition with cleaning and resealing.

Having a sealed stone and grout surface gives you time to address spills. Unsealed stone can get stained instantly, while a sealed stone floor has a stain-resistant reaction time of 4-5 hours.

Surface Master® is your go-to provider for services related to stone sealing, grout sealing, tile, stone, and grout sealing, as well as stone restoration and minor stone tile repairs. We serve all suburbs.

How can we help

Surface Master® technicians are highly skilled and certified in the areas of stone and concrete sealing, preservation, and restoration. Our team of experts possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, enabling us to select the best sealer for your stone tiles that will meet your aesthetic goals while also offering competitive pricing. Our services are sought after by a wide range of clients including schools, hospitals, clinics, bars, clubs, shopping centers, and homeowners, across the country.

Our Commercial Stone Sealing Services Cover

  • Builders
  • After Building, Renovation & Cleaning Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Side Walks
  • Store Fronts
  • Power Wash Awnings and Signs
  • Strip Malls
  • Units/Condominiums
  • Town Homes

Our Residential Stone Sealing Services Cover

  • Indoor House Floor & Wall Tiles
  • Gutter and Down Spout Wash
  • Chimneys
  • Driveways
  • Walk Ways
  • Step and Porch Wash
  • Fences
  • Garages
  • Patios
  • Pool Decks
  • Deck