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Sandstone Tile Cleaning

At Tile Doctor we see Sandstone/flagstones used at lot as Kitchen flooring, however as with any natural stone it needs to be sealed to protect it and bring out its beauty and colour.

One of the biggest problems we find with stone flooring in a kitchen is with the sealer becoming stripped away by the continuous use of cleaning agents not designed for this type of surface; without its protective sealer porous stone quickly becomes ingrained with dirt making it increasingly difficult to clean effectively.

Sandstone/Flagstone Tile Maintenance

ROUGH/RIVEN SANDSTONE/FLAGSTONE TILES

Riven Sandstone Tile To remove any excess sealer before cleaning use Tile Doctor Remove & Go Sealer remover which can be applied using a deck/scrubbing brush; you can also use a buffing machine fitted with a black buffing pad however on a heavily riven Sandstone this may prove partially ineffective due to the heavy texture as the machine will miss where it dips, so hand held cleaning may be the only option open to a non professional tile cleaner. Tile Doctor has agents throughout the UK who can offer to mill your Sandstone and take up to 80% of the roughness away leaving it akin to a smoother flatter finish with some texture which will be much easier to maintain.

Riven Sandstone Tile Use Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile & Grout cleaner to effectively clean tiles, highly effective against Wax Sealers, Grease, Grime and general dirt build up. Remove any solution using a wet vacuum.

Riven Sandstone TileTo remove stubborn marks and sealers a stronger product maybe required such as Nanotech HBU remover (Heavy Build-Up), use as directed on the bottle.

Riven Sandstone Tile Remove any cleaning solution using a wet vacuum (any cleaning solution left on the surface may impact the performance of the sealer) then neutralise floor with clean water prior to sealing, remove with a wet vacuum and allow to dry for 12 hours or more.

SMOOTH MATT FINISH

Riven Sandstone Tile To remove any excess sealer before cleaning use Tile Doctor Remove & Go Sealer remover using a buffer machine fitted with a black buffing pad.

Riven Sandstone Tile Use Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile & Grout cleaner to effectively clean tiles, highly effective against Wax Sealers, Grease, Grime and general dirt build up. Remove any solution using a wet vacuum.

Riven Sandstone Tile Remove any cleaning solution using a wet vacuum machine (any cleaning solution left on the surface may impact the performance of the sealer) then neutralise floor with clean water prior to sealing, remove with a wet vacuum and allow to dry for 12 hours or more.

Picture shows Indian Sandstone kitchen floor before cleaning and sealing Picture shows how the sealer has brought out the colour in this Indian Sandstone kitchen floor.
This picture shows how Tile Doctor has managed to clean the dark patches from this Sandstone floor.

Sealing Sandstone

Riven Sandstone Tile If a matt finish is preferred we recommend two or three coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow, this has a colour enhancing agent that will improve the look of the tile. Additionally Colour Grow is a fully breathable solvent based impregnating sealer and provided the floor is dry before the sealer is applied the sealer will fully cure in 24 hours but can be walked on after a few hours of being sealed

Riven Sandstone Tile If a deep satin finish is required then we recommend Tile Doctor Seal and Go which adds a nice sheen and lift the appearance of the tile, however this is an water based acrylic sealer and like Goldilocks porridge the conditions have to be perfect for this to work, i.e. no damp and no salts. Please note Seal and Go is not recommended for external applications.

PLEASE NOTE: Sealers break down after 2-3 years (depending on usage) and will need to be re-applied.

Maintenance Cleaning

Always use a PH neutral cleaner such as Tile Doctor Concentrated Neutral Cleaner which once diluted with water becomes completely PH neutral unlike bleaches and washing up liquids which are not neutral and can damage the sealer with prolonged usage. 

Sealers will wear down over time depending on use so it is recommended to top up your floor sealer once a year with the original sealer; one coat should be sufficient and by doing this it will save a lot of time and expense in having to deep clean the tiles and re-seal every three to five years. 

For many more examples of Sandstone Flagstone cleaning and sealing activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit http://Sandstone.TileCleaning.co.uk

Picture shows Sandstone kitchen floor before cleaning and sealing Picture shows how the sealer has brought out the colour in this Sandstone kitchen floor.
Picture shows how cleaning and sealing has brought out the colour and beauty of the Sandstone.

Recommend Products for Sandstone

When using our products please take time to familiarise yourself with the directions on the back of the bottle first.

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17 inch Buffing Pad Black
Black Buffing pad 17" (44cm), for heavy duty wet scrubbing, use with with Tile Doctor Pro-Clean to remove wax layers and most synthetic sealers, also use on heavily built up grime and dirt.
£12.00

Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer 1 Litre
Colour Grow, is a solvent based colour intensifying sealer that provides durable surface protection as well as allowing the surface to breath and enhance colour.
£29.00

Tile Doctor Nanotech HBU Remover 1 Litre
NanoTech HBU (formerly known as Ultra Clean) is a Heavy Build-Up Remover designed to work where other cleaners won’t. It utilises nano-sized particles to penetrate below tough stains, dissolve and lift them out.
£23.00

Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner 1 litre
Most tile cleaning products sold on the market today are designed for cleaning ceramic rather than stone surfaces, as a result they can slowly etch away at the sealed surface of your stone floor reducing the life of your sealer.
£11.00

Tile Doctor Pro-Clean 1 Litre
A concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Best for Heavily Soiled & Neglected Tile, Stone or Grout.
£12.00

Tile Doctor Remove & Go 1 Litre
Tile Doctor Remove and Go is a non-flammable, multi-purpose stripper formulated with a long dwell-time to remove most sealers, epoxy grout haze, urethane coatings, synthetic finishes, adhesives and paints.
£17.00

Tile Doctor Seal & Go 1 litre
A specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides both a stain resistant surface seal and a durable low-sheen finish.
£16.00

Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra 1 Litre
A special acrylic based formula which allows moisture vapour transmission making it fully breathable and ideal for situations where no damp proof membrane has been installed and mineral salt deposits (efflorescence) occur.
£20.00

Ask the Tile Doctor
If you have a problem with your Tile and Stone why not ask the Tile Doctor for advice.

Contact us for a personal solution to your tile installation problem by calling us on 0845 652 4652 or e-mail Info@TileDoctor.co.uk. Please include as much detail about your issue as possible and if you feel it will help attach a photograph. Our Tile Doctor have many years of experience of dealing with the typical issues that people experience and were confident we can find the right solution.


Alternately take a look at one of our dedicated sites below where we detail real examples of issues faced by our customers and how they were resolved.

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