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modela 01-03-2012 04:22 PM

Best Sandstone tile sealer
 
We have a sandstone tile floor that has given us problems over the last 15 years. Sealers that we use just don't stand up.

Can anyone recommend a good sealer and good cleaner? One I had heard of was "Miracle" brand.

Jim

oh'mike 01-03-2012 05:31 PM

What brands have you tried?

I have had good results for many years with 'Aqua Mix' products---but I have never had any experience sealing limestone---

Bud Cline 01-03-2012 05:42 PM

When it comes to natural stones limestone and sandstone can be two entirely different things.

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We have a sandstone tile floor that has given us problems over the last 15 years.
...and those problems are...

I don't know that I have ever seen or heard of "sandstone tiles".

oh'mike 01-03-2012 06:12 PM

Sorry--I miss read that one---sandstone is soft and absorbent---no idea how to protect that--

modela 01-04-2012 01:56 AM

The tile is very porous and difficult to seal. It attracts dirt easily. The sealers we have used were supposed to seal the pores but they last only a short time. It stains easily and stains are hard to get out.

Jim

oh'mike 01-04-2012 07:34 AM

Poor choice of a floor material----Do your best and start saving up for a new floor--

Sorry to tell you what you already know--but sandstone is just to absorbent and soft ---

Aqua Mix has a customer help line---see if they have a suggestion while you are saving up--Mike---

Bud Cline 01-04-2012 11:37 AM

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The tile is very porous and difficult to seal. It attracts dirt easily.
So with sandstone you expected something different? That's sandstone.

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The sealers we have used were supposed to seal the pores but they last only a short time.
Now is that in fact a claim of the sealer manufacturer, or is that something you conjured-up in your mind?
http://www.diychatroom.com/blogs/gro...rstandings-95/

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It stains easily and stains are hard to get out.
So with sandstone you expected something different? That's sandstone.

modela 01-04-2012 12:07 PM

We have seen sealers that seem to work better on it. We are told not to use waxes.

Basically, we were sold a bill of goods by the tile guy when we built the home. We may end up changing it out.

Jim

Bud Cline 01-04-2012 12:22 PM

Sandstone wouldn't be a practical stone to use for anything other than a wall decoration on a homes interior as far as I know.

Not exactly sure what your problems are but there is nothing you can do as far as I know. Just a poor choice of products for the purpose.

modela 01-04-2012 03:46 PM

To its credit, the material is 5/8" thick--an old world floor.

I was even thinking about sanding it down and using a clear urethane auto finish or a clear epoxy.

JIM

rusty baker 01-04-2012 04:39 PM

I didn't even know that sandstone could be used for flooring. All of it around here is too soft for anything like that.

Bud Cline 01-04-2012 05:01 PM

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To its credit, the material is 5/8" thick--an old world floor.

I was even thinking about sanding it down and using a clear urethane auto finish or a clear epoxy.

JIM
I think you would gain nothing from sanding it. You would have more of the same after a little use.

In addition I wasn't aware that automotive finishes were suitable for foot traffic but I could be wrong.

The epoxy might be a way to go but have never heard of that either. If any of the floor sees daily sunshine the epoxy will turn yellow over time.


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