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Bluestone Pavers Melbourne Supplier

Brief video introduction of Bluestone pavers Melbourne supplier, Edwards Slate & Stone.
Located at 12 Lionel Road, Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

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Sealing Bluestone Pavers

Sealing Bluestone Pavers

When sealing Bluestone pavers or tiles, do not use hydrochloric acid to clean. When using coloured grout, always pre-seal the tiles prior to grouting, to minimise colour leaching into the tile. Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (occasional iron pyrite reacting with water).

Sealing stone has many advantages, it provides protection from stains, facilitates easy clean up, reduces the effects from chemical attack and can enhance the beauty of the stone. Sealing stone can extend its life and as well reduces the effects of oxidisation by reducing the movement of water through the stone.

There are two main types of sealers, the first is an invisible penetrating type, which leaves the stone with a natural look. The second enhances the colours within the stone. The price of the sealers varies considerably according to its longevity and its application. For this reason, we always suggest seeking professional advice before making the final selection.

We always suggest sealing natural stone around a swimming pool coping, this is because swimming pools can contain salts and other chemicals, which can leach into the surrounding areas. There are different types of sealers for various applications.

Natural Stone Sealers

At Edwards Slate & Stone we stock two different brands of professional stone sealers. This means we can help you make your final decision based on, application, aesthetic finish, longevity and budget.

Dry Treat Sealers

Dry Treat is backed with a 15 year warranty. It includes a very good quality penetrating sealer for pool surrounds as it protects stone from chemical attack.

Tasman Chemicals Sealers

Tasman provides a range of quality sealers that are more budget orientated.

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Bluestone Maintenance Guide

Bluestone Maintenance Guide – Sealing & Cleaning

Sealing:

Sealing stone has many advantages, it provides protection from stains, facilitates easy clean up, reduces the effects from chemical attack and can enhance the beauty of the stone. Sealing stone can extend its life and also reduces the effects of oxidisation by reducing the movement of water through the stone.

There are two main types of sealers, the first is an invisible penetrating type, which leaves the stone with a natural look. The second enhances the colours within the stone. The price of the sealers varies considerably according to its longevity and its application. For this reason we always suggest seeking professional advice before making the final selection.

We always suggest sealing stone around a swimming pool, this is because swimming pools can contain salts and other chemicals which can leach into the surrounding areas. There are different types of sealers for various applications.

Bluestone is so tough and hard wearing it does not need to be sealed. To aid cleanup, an invisible penetrating sealer can be applied prior to grouting. Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (occasional iron pyrite reacting with water).

Grout Clean-Up:

Clean up grouting shortly after application with a sponge and plenty of clean water. Do not allow grout to dry on the surface of the tile. Do not use hydrochloric acid to clean up grout smears.

If any grout smears remain seek professional advice before using grout removal chemicals, as some chemicals will harm the stone.

Do not use Hydrochloric acid to clean as this will cause minerals present in the stone to react.

Maintenance:

Sweep or high pressure wash when needed. To remove dirt & stains use a solution of mild detergent, we recommend
Apply the solution on the surface & agitate the area with a stiff broom or brush prior to rinsing with water. Moss can be removed with a mild solution of household bleach and water.

Notes:

Do not use hydrochloric acid to clean. When using coloured grout, always pre-seal the tiles prior to grouting, to minimise colour leaching into the tile.

Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (a red colour forming on the stone as a result of iron pyrite reacting with water).

If using adhesive to increase the bond between the stone and the mortar or adhesive bed then butter a thin coat on the entire back of the tile, do not just notch trowel the back of the tile with adhesive.

For best results select tiles from different crates to ensure a blend of colour. We recommend the use of expansion joints for exterior & interior applications.

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How To Maintain Bluestone Tiles

How To Maintain Bluestone Tiles And Pavers

Sealing:

Bluestone tiles is so tough and hard wearing it does not need to be sealed. To aid clean up, an invisible penetrating sealer can be applied prior to grouting. Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (occasional iron pyrite reacting with water).

Cleaning:

Grout can easily be removed with a sponge and water at time of application. Do not use Hydrochloric acid to clean as this will cause minerals present in the stone to react.

Maintenance:

Just sweep when needed. Bluestone tiles and pavers responds well to high pressure cleaning. A solution of mild detergent and water, can be applied prior to pressure cleaning.

What is Basalt(bluestone)

Basalt is a very common dark-colored volcanic rock composed of calcic plagioclase (usually labradorite), clinopyroxene (augite) and iron ore (titaniferous magnetite). Basalt may also contain olivine, quartz, hornblende, nepheline, orthopyroxene, etc. Basalt is a volcanic equivalent of gabbros.

Basalt is usually black or dark gray and relatively featureless. It is composed of mineral grains which are mostly indistinguishable to the naked eye. Basalt may also contain volcanic glass. Basalt may contain phenocrysts (larger crystals within fine-grained groundmass) and vesicules (holes that were filled by volcanic gases).

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