Whether you have tiles in your kitchen, bathroom or conservatory, applying a sealant is essential in order to protect stone tiling from gradual long term damage and erosion. Applying a sealant is not only beneficial for the durability of the tiling. It also provides added design bonuses including a glossier finish and further colour enhancement. Another way to maintain healthy looking tiles is regular cleaning, which needs to be done appropriately in order to prevent further damage.

Sealant is generally considered to be a worthwhile purchase as it provides higher resistance against potential stains and possesses a long lasting trait whereby you only have to apply the sealant once to cover many years of protection. Tiling should be accompanied by sealant before, after and during the installation process. If you seal tiles in this way, you are much more likely to benefit from long term tile protection.

When cleaning your tiles, always make sure that you use the right kind of cleaning product. Many solutions are acidic and stone tiles such as limestone and travertine are alkaline. It’s vitally important that you purchase PH neutral solutions that won’t cause further disintegration to tiles. If you use the same brand when applying sealer and cleaning your tiles, they are likely to have been manufactured for each other, providing a reliable outcome for your tiles.


Here at The Stone Tile Emporium we have recently introduced a range of faux wood effect tiles to our showroom. These have seen a huge increase in demand and popularity in southern European countries over the past several months and are quickly being incorporated into homes, new and old here in the UK.

These tiles can be used in any room in the house but their most popular position is in bathrooms and kitchens where a wooden effect is preferred but the maintenance of a real wood floor is unwanted. They are also compatible with underfloor heating.

They come in a variety of colours, grains and textures to match the interior or any home. Come down to our showroom in Reigate to see for yourself.

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