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                Factory Sealed Tile        

     Sealing - Cleaning - Problem Solving - Protection - Care

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 pre-sealed tile  Mexican Tile, Saltillo - Cleaning and Sealing
This page is for all surfacing materials that are sealed either by the factory or the seller before you receive it. The tile edge picture is a factory sealed Mexican tile, but there are other surface types that are also sealed by the manufacturer.

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 =   should be zero

Testing your surfacing for absorption rate

Testing for acid sensitivity

Note this on your worksheet for later reference

  • Unfortunately, there are too many factories that choose a sealer for the wrong reason (price), apply it incorrectly (thinly), or for marketing reasons (try to make it worth more money.  What looked wonderful when first installed can be a problem when some time passes.
  • The grout needs to me sealed - see below.
  • If a color was applied to the tile before sealing, or in the sealer, it is a more complex repair problem if the sealer peels.
  • If the factory sealer is peeling - see  clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick 
  • The factory sealer can be protected from traffic wear - see below.
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INSTALLATION:

Some suppliers of brick, stone and pavers will apply a sealer to their products to act as a barrier against grout sticking to the surface. This is to act as a "grout release" agent. Or they might seal it just to create a value added product.  Check the manufacturer's specifications, especially with rough textured, light colored brick. A sealer used this way does help considerably in cleaning up their product, however, not as well as if Aldon

   clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brickGrout Easy had been used. "Grout Easy" will not only keep the grout from sticking, it is thick enough to provide temporary "filling" of a rough texture, thereby keeping the grout out. ( Add to job list or order )

Here is an extremely important question:

How good is this factory applied seal job?
Unfortunately, too many factories select a sealer for its price and not for its long term benefits.  If it is not a good quality sealer and not applied properly for its type, it could start to peel or flake. Then, you will have to strip and re-seal properly. With Mexican tile and other soft body materials, a "paint on coating" application does not strengthen the soft body and the surface can deteriorate from foot traffic. Here is a tip to help evaluate the material and sealer. Break off a small section of tile corner so you can see if the sealer has penetrated or is just a coating. Lightly scratch the sealer with a coin to see how easily it peels off. A strong, penetrated sealer will not scratch off easily or at all. 

When a sealer is protected with Aldon

clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick  Lifeguard will last a long time. But, "Lifeguard" is bonded to the sealer and the sealer is bonded to the tile.  If the sealer peels off, the "Lifeguard" will come with it.   ( Add to job list or order )

PROTECTION:

The major problem now is that this factory sealed product falls squarely within the category of pre-sealing with all the risks involved with that process.

The problem you now have to deal with, is that the material is already sealed (probably with something unknown and/or unavailable to you), and the grout/mortar now needs to be sealed. as you don't want the new sealer to dissolve or otherwise hurt the factory sealer, how do you use a sealer compatible with the one the factory used? Use Aldon

clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Same Day Sealer because it will not attack any other sealer known to us. ( Add to job list or order )

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

Important! - First - Click here!

  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

 

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!)

"Same Day Sealer"
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Water Based - Penetrating Type

( Add to job list or order )


  • Recommended for the easiest application process when sealing only the grout.
  • One Application
  • No change to color
  • No gloss
  • Yellow arrow is unsealed portion. Note absorption.
  • Red arrow is sealed portion. Note water drop.

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This is a piece of slate to show you a before and after using Same Day Sealer.  The effect on grout would be the same.

If removing the factory sealer and replacing with an Aldon sealer - Click here!

Then, to choose the sealer - see How To Choose The Best Sealer For Your Project

 

 

 

 

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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.   ( Add to job list or order )

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