Floor Care With The Faber Limestone Densifier
This formulation can be used in different ways, depending on the stage of floor care. Here is a look at how it works:
- Applying the Faber Limestone Densifier during the polishing process
Here, this hardening sealer comes in to reduce the amount of time taken during the mechanical sanding and polishing. That way you get to work on larger areas within a shorter time. The formulation brings with it various benefits for this process, from reducing the wear and tear on the tools being used for the task, to increasing the quality of the results that are obtained with the polishing grain that is to be used. Follow these steps for the application:
- Carry out the initial sanding, going up to 200-400 grain. Its recommended that you do this sanding dry, that way you won’t have to wait an additional drying time before going to the next step.
If the sanding was carried out wet, you will be required to wait for 24-48 hours. Alternatively, you can choose to first apply the Faber Limestone Densifier before the sanding starts, as it will reduce the amount of water that gets absorbed by the floor, thus cutting down the drying time.
- Apply the Faber Limestone Densifier onto the dry surface. Apply it abundantly, using a brush, roller, lambswool applicator, or an airless applicator. Simply ensure that you have covered the surface with an even layer of product.
In case you’re dealing with a particularly absorbent surface, wait for 1-2 hours, then apply a second coat of the product. Since there will be additional polishing to be carried out, you won’t need to concern yourself with any residue, as it will be removed later on.
- Allow at least 4 hours of dwelling time, leaving the product to act on the surface undisturbed. If you’re not in a rush, you can wait up to the following day, which will allow the Faber Limestone Densifier to complete spreading and curing.
- Continue with the next grain level. This time the mechanical polishing is carried out with water.
With this treatment, you won’t have to go all the way to the 1500-3000 grain levels. You can reach 800-grain size, after which the rest of the chemical finish can be applied onto the floor. In addition, the Faber Limestone Densifier can be applied to speed up the mechanical sanding that is carried out before slabs and tiles are laid.
- Using the Faber Limestone Densifier as a protective treatment
This water-based formulation penetrates deep into the limestone, hardening it in the process, and giving it long lasing protection against the infamous rising damp that is a common concern with limestone flooring. As such, issues such as flaking and pop-ups, those unsightly damp marks, cases of rust forming, and saline efflorescence are avoided. It achieves this without affecting the breathability of the surface, since there won’t be any films created on the floor. The Faber Limestone Densifier also enhances the resistance of the surface to both dirt and foot traffic, making the routine maintenance measures easier. It’s so tough that it can withstand de-waxing treatments. What’s more, the product has been certified to be safe for use on food preparation surfaces, hence you can apply it on kitchen countertops.
This application can be done in the factory itself, or directly on site. The natural stone is usually treated at the “dry laying” stage, that way each piece can be accurately assessed. Generally, the process starts by treating the upper surface that will be visible, the sides, then the bottom of the stone which will be glued to the floor. You can position the stone slabs or tiles on a large and dry area that’s large enough to accommodate them, which will enable you to treat them with the Faber Limestone Densifier. Here are the steps for this application:
- Apply an even coat of the Faber Limestone Densifier onto the surface of the tile/slab, ensuring that you have covered the entire top area, plus the edges.
- Give it 5 to 10 minutes, then use the brush, roller or lambswool applicator to evenly redistribute the product. This should be done until the residues are removed completely. The timing is not fixed, just ensure that you do this before the product dries.
- Allow 1 to 2 hours for the treatment to completely dry.
- Turn over the tile/slab, and treat the remaining surface following the same steps, from the application to redistributing the product.
Before the slabs are boxed up (after the treatment has dried), any remaining residue can be removed using a damp cloth or a white pad. Alternatively, this can wait for the installation stage, where the residue is removed on-site, before laying the slabs or tiles. It can even be done after the laying, using a standard floor polisher onto which a white disc has been fixed. In case the surface is to be polished later on, the polishing action itself will remove the residue.
- Immersion technique
This treatment process can also be carried out by simply immersing the individual tiles into a container with the Faber Limestone Densifier. It just needs to be large enough to hold the slabs or tiles. Immerse them one at a time, wait for 10 to 15 seconds, then redistribute the residues with a clean cloth.
The slabs or tiles that have been treated with the Faber Limestone Densifier should be given 24 hours before they are laid on the floor. No further wait time is needed. After the laying, the floor can be opened to foot traffic.
- Application in industrial production lines
This requires special equipment, and the approach varies from one industry to another. For instance, the Faber Limestone Densifier may be applied using a silicone roller or sprinkler. The residue is then removed using special pads or brushes. To determine how to effectively use the product for your particular production line, get in touch with Faber’s Technical Division.
Extra Tips For Using The Faber Limestone Densifier
- Always ensure that the surface being treated is clean and dry. Though the product can be used on floors that are slightly damp, the ideal situation is having the surface being as dry as can be.
- Remember to protect those adjacent sections of the floor that are not to be treated with the product.