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To help the consumer anticipate the work involved with restoring unglazed tile, we have prepared an outline of a typical plan to remove existing waxes, acrylic polishes and existing sealer, and apply a non-toxic sealer designed for these tiles. Individual restoration plans will include or not include all or parts of each of the following procedures, depending on the existing conditions, the desired result, and the budget. The actual services performed will be specified by the contract between HartzStone and the customer.

Prepare the work area
- Protect the approaches to the work area by laying drop cloths over floors and stairs.
- Apply blue painter's tape to woodwork adjacent to the floor and cover apparently vulnerable areas with plastic sheeting.
- Move furniture and remove any apparently fragile objects.
-Thoroughly clean and condition the floor and extract moisture.

Strip existing coatings
- Test stripper on existing coating, and modify application to achieve desired results.
- Apply stripper and remove residue, rinse, remove moisture and repeat. Floor machines will be used in open areas, and smaller hand held machines will be used in the corners, along the edges and in places that the larger machine cannot operate. Residue and moisture will be removed with wet vacuums so that the moisture does not carry residue into the pours of the raw tile and grout.

Repair damage and treat stains
- If necessary, resurface scratched tiles.
- If necessary, remove and replace loose or damaged tiles.
- If necessary, treat stains.
- If necessary, remove stained surfaces of tiles.
- If necessary, remove loose, broken or cracked grout and replace with new grout.

Correct chemical balance, condition the tile, and dry the floor
- Mix a pH neutralizer and conditioner into clean rinse water.
- Thoroughly scrub, rinse and, neutralize the chemical balance on the surface of the tile and grout.
- Remove moisture and dry floor.

Apply sealers
- Apply a primer coat of sealer according to methods specially developed to achieve superior adhesion results but requiring experienced applicators. Sealer will coat both clay tile and grout.
- Allow first coating of sealer to dry and evaluate bonding and other characteristics.
- Adjust sealer application to suit floor characteristics, and apply sealer formulated for the 2nd coat.
- Allow floor to dry. Test surface for even protection and other characteristics.
- Adjust sealer formulation for durable top coat, and apply sealer.
- Allow floor to dry thoroughly.
- Remove painter's tape, plastic sheeting and clean up.

Atmospheric conditions may shorten or lengthen the time required for some process to occur, especially but not only time for the floor to dry.

A thorough cleaning and resealing annually should keep the floor in the best condition and easy to maintain. Greater than normal traffic wear or chemical accidents should be treated as soon as they are noticed.

Whenever possible HartzStone uses non-toxic and ecologically safe methods and chemicals. We have researched the products and methods available and we have chosen to use the safest that we can find. These methods and materials are usually more expensive for us, and in some cases we are the only company in the region using them. However, we understand that our work site is your home and you would want us to use the safest materials.  privacy  legal
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