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Agglomerate (Tiles or Poured Slab)

                     Also called "engineered stone"   

Marble or stone pieces and polymer resin binder

Quartz pieces and polymer resin binder (Silestone, Ceasarstone types)

If the binder is cement, see Terrazzo)

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Beige Agglomerate
(large marble chips, marble dust, resin binder)
Gray Agglomerate
(small marble pieces, marble dust, resin)

Agglomerate is formed of marble (or stone) chips and dust. The binder can be epoxy or other resins.  It is the binder that makes it different from Terrazzo. True Terrazzo (See in Surface Types) uses cement as the binder, not a resin binder. There are many terms for the agglomerate type of surfacing, such as: "manufactured marble", "man made marble", "machine made marble", "artificial marble", "faux marble", "faux stone". The presence of marble in the chips and/or dust means that the surface can dull down by etching from acidic liquids. To prevent this effect, it needs to have a sealer protecting it.  See below for sealers.

There is no need for confusion or problems brought about by misidentification of a surface type, yet it happens all too often. If you would like to see why this is the case and how to properly identify a surfacing material ..... Click here

If you are concerned about doing it yourself - consider that the satisfaction of a project is directly related to your knowledge of what needs to be done and how. Who actually does the work is less important. We estimate that 25% of the usage of Aldon products is by "do it yourself" homeowners and we know they are happy because we hear from them.

MATERIAL DESCRIPTION - With Identifying Characteristics

Typical absorption range = extremely low

Testing your surfacing for absorption rate

Testing for acid sensitivity

Note this on your worksheet for later reference

  • Approximately 3/8 inch thick for tiles and 3/4 inch or more for slabs.
  • Very precise dimensions if in tile format
  • Very flat and square
  • Surface is very hard
  • Finish is "honed" (smooth, softer looking, not very reflective) to "polished".
  • Tile and slabs are a factory produced material using pieces of stone, stone dust, and polymer resin binder.
  • Poured in place slab coatings are the same material with expansion joints of brass (or other material)
  • Wide range of colors and styles.
  • Confirm if it contains marble or limestone with a drop of muriatic (swimming pool) acid. Marble and limestone fizz on contact. Cement also fizzes, but resin and quartz do not.  See testing for acid reaction.
ADVANTAGES TO THIS MATERIAL
  • Almost any design, style and finish is available.
  • Factory made, therefore more precise and controlled than quarried stones.
  • Little or no variation from batch to batch.
  • Manufacturer may classify as already sealed, but your absorption test and potential surface abrasion may say that more is needed than the inherent beading action of the resin binder.
CONSIDERATIONS      (All Are Preventable!)

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  • If the stone and/or dust used is marble or limestone, the finish will dull and etch from acidic liquids. Protect from acidic liquids with an Aldon sealer. See  clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick
  • Acidic cleaners should be avoided in the installation process because they could dull the finish of marble materials. If the tile grouting process scratches the surface, review Aldon "Grout Easy" before grouting. "Grout Easy" is a water soluble coating and comes off easily while grout is being cleaned up with water and a sponge.
  • Petroleum solvent based products could temporarily soften the polymer resin binder a little bit at the surface.  This could be a marking problem if a tool was used to spread the liquid at that time.

Following are recommendations for products you may need (in sequence of use ) for whichever of the categories applies to you. Please review each and mark your printed worksheet accordingly.

Layed, But Not Grouted

  1. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Easy
  2. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Efflorescence            Treatment       
  3. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Residue
               Remover  
    (should not be needed after using Grout Easy)     
Grouted, But Not Sealed
  1. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Residue
               Remover     
  2. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Efflorescence            Treatment       
  3. .............Sealer ( see below )
  4. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Lifeguard
  5. Care ........... clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick

Sealer Has Been Applied

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  1. Aldon Products Premium Stripper
  2. ...........Cleaners   ?
  3. ...........Sealer ( see below )
  4. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Lifeguard
  5. Care .......... clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick

Regarding The Sealer Results Shown Below

The golden rule here is to choose the sealer for the least absorbent of the components so that you seal without excess buildup on the denser marble chips.  See below for suggestions.

An Aldon sealer does far more than just bead water and look pretty! To see what that is click here.

Your results may vary somewhat from these pictures due to variations in computer display and the surface materials themselves. Nevertheless, you will be able to see the differences well enough to make good choices. Different areas of the same piece are used as much as possible to minimize raw material variations. Of all the sealers Aldon manufactures, the ones shown are recommended as best suited to this surface type. (Important: If your project has had any sealer applied in the past, it must be evaluated differently. To see why, Click here!)

Unsealed Agglomerate >> clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick

"Same Day Sealer"
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Water Based - Penetrating Type

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"Same Day Sealer" is recommended when sealing only the grout. It wipes easily from the tile face to make the process easier.

"S-B-S Sealer"
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Solvent Based - Penetrating Type

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Recommended for Agglomerates and Terrazzo
Note: This surface is already very low in absorption and of high reflectivity. The best visual results are usually achieved with a spray application. S-B-S Sealer is available in spray cans for small projects. For large projects, see information on spray equipment here . However, you can certainly test the standard "pour and spread" of a gallon can and evaluate. But, be careful that the tool does not mark the surface if the sealer temporarily softens the polymer.


Top picture - sealed with SBS Sealer:
  • Sealed in one application
  • Low (matte) gloss
  • No color change on most agglomerates

Bottom picture - acid test

  • Fully Sealed - left half
  • Not sealed - right half
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  • SBS Sealer virtually undetectable on surface.
  • Left side sealed with SBS Sealer
  • Right side unsealed

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Acid Protection:

Above you can see a line of liquid at the arrow.  This is full strength muriatic (pool) acid. The arrow points to the left half that is sealed with S-B-S Sealer and is without any fizzing acid reaction. The unprotected side on the right is fizzing and etching from the acid.

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Other care products you might need for this surface type

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Insta-Clean
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Maintain
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Dust Whiz

    clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick * Note: "Lifeguard" will add another level of gloss to any of the above sealed surfaces.
It also prevents traffic wear to the sealers finish.

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