Product Care: Cement
Grouting & Sealing Directions with Stain Proof™ Original
Ensure surfaces to be treated are dry, clean and free of residue. Product is to be applied without thinning.
- Prior to grouting, generously apply the first coat of Stain Proof™ Original by saturating the surface using a low-pressure hand spray, a clean brush, or similar. Surface should have a mirror-like wet look for 3-5 seconds. Avoid contact with surrounding areas.
- When the surface becomes touch dry, or after a minimum of 15 minutes, but before the surface
dries completely, polish the surface thoroughly with clean, dry, white cloths, towels or similar to remove excess product. Moisten your cloth with Stain Proof™ to ease polishing.
- Allow sealer to cure for 24 hours before applying grout.
- Apply the grout (non-sanded), working in small areas at a time (3-4 soft), using a rubber float or preferably a grout bag.
- DO NOT spread the entire floor with grout like a porcelain or ceramic tile.
- Immediately clean any excess grout using plenty of clean water and clean sponges. Grout that sits too long can be difficult to remove from the tile. Tiles may stain or discolor if grout is not applied carefully. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not tape directly onto cement tiles surface. Tape can discolor or stain your cement tiles.
- Allow the grout to completely dry (48 -72 hours) prior to applying the final coat of sealer.
- Apply the second, final coat of sealer using the same method used to apply the first coat.
- After the final coat, wait approximately 10 minutes. Before the surface dries completely, polish the surface thoroughly with clean, dry, white cloths, towels or similar to remove excess product. Moisten your cloth with Stain Proof™ to ease polishing.
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
Removing Stains Before Sealing
- Most stains, dirt, and grime can be removed using a neutral cleaner prior to sealing (i.e. Oky- Klenza™). Refer to instruction on bottle.
- If the cleaner does not remove the stain, cement floors can be cleaned by using a buffing machine, slightly screening the floors while wet, using a screening disk starting with a grit of 220. You can change to a more abrasive grit if needed. Make sure that the buffing machine is always working on a wet surface.
- During the screening process it will seem as though the color in the tile is bleeding out, but it isn’t. You’re simply removing a thin layer of the color pigment.
- Be sure to rinse the floors thoroughly and allow them to completely dry prior to sealing.
- Floors should be cleaned regularly using clean water.
- When needed, a neutral cleaner can be used (i.e. Rejuvenata Active™). Refer to instruction on bottle. IMPORTANT NOTE: Never use acid based cleaners on these tiles as the acid will damage them.
- For a deeper cleaning, or to refinish the floors, refer to the pre-sealing stain removal suggestions outlined above. IMPORTANT NOTE: The floors will need to be resealed after these steps are performed.
- If desired the floors can be buffed using a white polishing pad.
- Products can be purchased from Exquisite Surfaces.
- Please visit www.drytreat.com for additional information.
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