PROUDLY TILE CLEANING AND SEALING IN CAPE TOWN FOR 18 YEARS –  TILE DOCTOR SA

Our specialist services include the treatment of newly installed tiles and/or the refurbishment of existing floors from tile cleaning, tile stripping, tile sealing and marble cleaning and polishing . The types of floor coverings we treat includes: Sandstone, Slate, Terracotta, Marble. Travertine, Granite, Quartzite etc to mention a few.

Although most of our business is within the Western Cape Region, we are available to work anywhere if and where the need arises.

We service the Industrial, Commercial and Domestic Markets, and handle projects big or small.

We hope you enjoyed our service!

Tile floors are gorgeous to look at based on their appearance but it can sometimes because you pain to keep up with. That’s why tile sealing was invented.

Tile Sealing in Cape Town

Sealed Granite after tile cleaning

One of the most common questions regarding tile sealing is “Do we need to seal?”

The answer to that is all stone and tile products–even porcelain tile benefits from sealing.

There are plenty of elements that can penetrate or hold to the surface and this includes grout, dyes, resins, oil, water and etc. Many products now have been on the market designed to beautify and protect the surfaces of stone, tile and grout and sealer is one of them.

Sealers can be water-based or solvent-based, take note that most water-based sealers cannot be used outside so you might want to consider that. As the name implies, it seals the surface tight against chemicals, water and other contaminants.

By applying sealer, you completely occupies the porous grout structure with a stable, hard grout sealer before the water moves in. this results to strengthening the tile and looking great.  Sealing is done to create a protective barrier against spills and permanent stains. It also ensures that future tile and grout cleanings yield the best possible results.

It is important to realize that a sealer is not an impenetrable barrier- it only provides reaction time to deal with spills. Bad news is there is no really guarantees applicable to tile/sealing.

Good news is sealers come with a life expectancy of up to 15 years depending on the quality of the tile, maintenance procedures and so forth.

For example, an unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas if a floor is sealed it can resist the stains and can have a reaction time up to 4-5 hours. When it comes to finishing off your tile, a tile sealer may or may not be a good idea. It is always a good idea to seal the tile grout, but depending what material your tile is made of, will determine whether or not you should seal it. Some tiles will be damaged by certain tile sealer leaving them brittle, dark, or faded. So it is important which type of tile do you have and what kind of sealer does it matches.

There are basic categories of sealers:

  1.  Top coat sealers

This type of sealer adds a protective coating on top of the tile and grout. This is similar to how a varnish works with wood and other materials. This kind of sealer is widely used with natural stones, such as with rough materials and travertine. It can also be used on polished stones such as granite to protect the polished surface of the stone itself.

 

  1. Penetrating sealers

Penetrating sealers are absorbed into the pores of the tile and grout.  It sits just below the surface of the tile and prevents spills from penetrating and hence the tile. After its application the carrier evaporates and leaves the solid materials within the tile and grout which fills up the pores and close capillaries to the surface thereby reducing absorption of potentially staining materials.

 

  1. Impregnating sealers

These are the most expensive types of sealer on the market. It works by going deep within the grout and stone to bond with the molecules. This helps protect against all forms of stains and moisture. This specialty sealer also comes with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to give your tile extra protection.

 

  1. Natural oil sealers

If you are an eco-friendly homeowner, the natural oil sealer is the best option for you. Though they offer the least amount of protection in terms of long-term coverage, it is the one of the most common used type today and has been in use for years as a natural organic sealer. Please take note that it wears off easily and needs to be reapplied to the grout once every few months compared to the once a year that most commercial sealers require.

 

Floor tile types we work on

Nowadays, many people opt to use stone as primary flooring in their homes. They are natural, beautiful and always stylish. Its durability and style makes a great choice for every room in the house. With varying colors and types, you can find easily the perfect stone for any space. While stone flooring is very popular now, it is important to realize that there are a few limitations with certain stones. Some are stronger than other types of stones and more colors are available for any type.

Before choosing a specific type of stone, arm yourself with knowledge to find the best fit.  There are types of natural stone and it’s important to know their durability and style.

 

  1. Granite-

Safe to say that this is one of the most popular flooring options and obviously one of the hardest, most scratch-resistant flooring materials since it is formed under extreme pressure. With a granite that can be found in endless shades and colors anyone will surely find it very well with their home. Always ideal for bathrooms, hallways and foyers or could even be used as an accent to other flooring options.

 

  1. Marble

Known and prized for its classic elegant look, it has been around since ancient times. You can instantly recognize its soft grain patterns and creamy color. While considered by many as the most luxurious flooring on the market, compared to other stone floorings it doesn’t hold up that much and affected by scratching and chipping so it requires professional sealing and installation. However, its beauty and elegance always wins for some homeowners and used regularly often in bathroom walls, and counter tops.

 

  1. Sandstone

A beautiful natural floor covering choice that is popular for its distinctive style. Ranging in color from medium tone whites to multi colored maelstroms, all of the way back to charcoal and black. Its durability is hard as rock since it is quarried from the cores of mountains that can last for decades if properly cared for. It can also be slippery when polished especially in areas where water may be present. For this reason it is generally not used in bathrooms, kitchens or exterior locations.

 

  1. Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone with beautiful variations and one of the softest floorings on the market. Travertine can be strengthened by filling small holes with a cement and polishing. Regular application of a stone sealer also helps protect travertine flooring. This crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone  brings a touch of nature to your home. With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, you can easily find the perfect match for your interior and exterior flooring needs.

 

  1. Slate

 

This rustic classic type of metamorphic rock works well outdoors as it does indoors. t is water resistant and comes in a varying spectrum of rich and earthy tones.  It is naturally textured and provides homeowners with the classic ‘stone’ look. slate floor tiles can be left with their naturally rough surfaces or honed smooth. The rougher surfaces offer good traction for entryways, sunrooms, patios and kitchens. slate is usually found in dark gray, soft red, and medium green.