1. Why should I seal my concrete, stone or unglazed tile?
These are all porous surfaces. Sealing them will resist stains, ease cleaning and routine maintenance. Additionally some sealers will actually enhance the surface appearance.
2. How do I know what sealer to use?
Your sealer choice should be based on deciding “The LOOK you want and the PROTECTION you need.” For the surface. Additionally the choice may be affected by which sealers are suitable for the surface you want to seal (how porous is the surface, has it been previously sealed etc.) A good place to start is to view the surfaces Section of this site for the recommended sealers for the type of material.
3. How long will a sealer last?
The life of any sealer is greatly affected by the surface, usage, cleaning habits, etc. In general, a film forming sealer should be resealed before it wears through. A penetrating type sealer has no film but should be reapplied when it begins to lose its effectiveness.
4. What is the difference between a film forming sealer and a penetrating sealer?
A film forming sealer leaves a thin clear film (or protective barrier) on the sealed surface. A penetrating sealer soaks into the material being sealed leaving no film on the top.
5. Can I put a penetrating sealer over a film forming sealer?
No, the film forming sealer creates a clear film (barrier) that prevents the penetrating sealer from being absorbed.
6. If I have sealed my family room floor should I still use a floor polish?
Yes, absolutely. The easy to use Glaze ‘N Seal Floor Polish gives added abrasion resistance to sealed indoor surfaces. It also absorbs the normal wear and tear, thereby extending the life of the underlying sealer. The polish is available in high gloss and matte finish
7. What type of coverage will I get from sealer?
Coverage will vary widely by porosity. Second coat will go about 50% further.
8. How do I clean the sealed area?
For routine cleaning we recommend Glaze ‘N Seal Neutral Cleaner. For heavy duty cleaning use Glaze ‘N Seal Heavy Duty Cleaner or Glaze ‘N Seal Stone Stripper.
9. If I used acid in cleaning do I need to neutralize?
Yes, if you plan to seal. Use Glaze ‘n Seal Neutralizing Rinse to safely bring the surface pH back to neutral before using a sealer.
10. How do I remove efflorescence from concrete?
Efflorescence is a crystalline deposit that may occur on concrete, grout or mortar when moisture evaporates on the surface and leaves these salts behind. If efflorescence is on the surface, brush it off with a stiff brush. If that doesn’t work use Glaze ‘n Seal Efflorescence Remover. If the efflorescence is trapped under a film forming sealer it may be necessary to strip the affected area, remove the efflorescense, neutralize and reseal.
11. Is there a anti slip treatment for a film forming sealer?
We recommend you test Glaze ‘N Seal Grip ‘N Seal, an anti slip additive. It may be added to any film forming sealer or paint before applying to improve the slip resistance of the sealed surface.