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Before You Rip Up Your Floor, Contact Us First!

We'll Do The Floor-Whispering, ... You'll Save On The Cost Of Replacing Your Floor.

 

076 030 8191 - Gauteng & Surrounds - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We Clean, Strip, Seal, Restore & Enhance Hard Floors: Tiles, Stone, Brick Paving, Cement, Etc. Our Services Include:

• Tile RestorationFloor & Tile Cleaning • Disinfecting  Sealer Stripping Sealing Re-sealing • Grout Repair Grout Cleaning • Mould Removal Rust Removal • Sandstone, Slate, Cement, Porcelain, Terrazzo, Marble Polishing, Travertine Filling, Polishing & Crystallising • Manual Detailing  Steam Cleaning & Several Other Skilled Services

 

Carpet Cleaning in Benoni, Boksburg, Bedfordview and Edenvale Only.

 

 

For All Quotes It's Best to Email Us (See Bottom Of Page For What To Include In Your Email) 

 

 

Please Note: We Do Many Things, But (i) We Do Not Sell Steam Cleaning Machines, Nor (ii) Do We Rent Ours Out.

Tile & Natural Stone Sealing

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Orange CrossIf You Can't Find The Right Company Or Don't Have The Budget To Do It Properly, Then Rather Don't Seal At All

Entrance HallTiled and Natural Stone Floors are actually pretty tough. So most floors can cope quite well without any sealer on them at all. So why do it then? Well most floors are porous so sealing helps to keep them clean and free from stains. It can also greatly enhance the look of a floor. But sealing, if it's done properly, is actually quite an expensive and difficult process. However, it's very seldom done properly. In fact a great deal of our work still comes from restoring floors that were badly sealed. So our first piece of advice is, if you can't find a reputable company that will do the job properly or if you don't have the budget right now, then rather don't seal the floor at all - you will only have problems in the long run.

 

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We see it almost every day: it's only been a year or two since the floor was sealed and it looks even dirtier than it would have if it had never been sealed at all. The sealer has disappeared from the high traffic areas and along the edges and in the corners the sealer is starting to peel. So what went wrong? Well, the company that did the job didn't prepare the floor properly, cleaning it with a bucket of water and a mop or a brush won't cut it. Furthermore, to make matters worse, they probably used a lower grade organic sealer. Whatever they did or didn't do, the floor now looks like a mess. The bad news is it's going to cost you about three times the original cost to have the floor stripped. If ever there was a situation where poor workmanship and cheap product were going to cost you dearly in the long run, this is it!

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A sealant is exactly that, a sealant: it seals. It's not a paint or a varnish. It can work by "sitting" on the surface of the floor, or it works by penetrating the surface through the tiny cracks and pores and closing them off. Hence the word 'sealant'. It means that dirt and other foreign matter can no longer penetrate and cause the floor to discolour and stain. So, again, the most important part of the sealing process, is the surface preparation. The sealant must bond to the floor surface. If it doesn't, then it will simply either come off (in the case of topical sealant), or not do its job (in the case of penetrative sealant). And that's going to cost you a lot of money. You cannot see with the naked eye whether the surface is clean, nor whether the sealer has bonded, so we don't recommend DIY jobs or, even better, getting the builder or gardener to do the job for you. If you don't know what you are doing, you simply cannot do the job properly. 

Sealed TerracottaOrand Tick 27x27What Kind Of Sealant Should You Use?

Some tiles like glazed ceramic and glazed porcelain are quite often not sealed - there is a great debate - we will seal them, but for very specific reasons. With porcelain, don't necessarily trust a "pre-seal" or a "factory seal" (especially from a porcelain tile salesman), it is not good enough to protect your tile in the long run. And for goodnessakes, please protect your porcelain from builders and don't phone us once the builders have left and your tiles are left patchy and dull. Your top surface will probably have been compromised and we cannot fix this at all. Other tiles like sandstone, travertine, terrazzo and slate (among others) will benefit hugely from being sealed. So, not only do different floors have different requirements, but there are also many different kinds of sealants out there. They are all made up of different chemicals and they all give a different finish to the floor. Bit of a nightmare, isn't it? So, here's a quick guide:

You get what you pay for. That firstly. A general rule of thumb: the cheaper the sealant, the worse it is.

 

Most companies use organic sealers. They are cheaper but they have some serious disadvantages. They aren't very stable so, over time, they break down becoming discoloured and brittle. Depending on how well the floor surface was prepared and the subsequent climatic conditions, this can take anything from 18 months to 4 years. Eventually sealant will peel away from the floor surface. Topical sealant cannot be recoated so the floor has to be stripped before it is resealed. And that is a very expensive process so we often suggest using a penetrative sealant.

Inorganic sealants are 50% - 250% more expensive than organic sealers. However, like we said earlier, you get what you pay for: they are extremely stable and do not break down even under the harshest sunlight or climatic conditions. In theory they have an almost indefinite lifespan although on floors that are exposed to high traffic they do have to be recoated; note, we say "recoated", in other words, one doesn't have to strip the sealer first. Hence, in the long run, inorganic sealants are going to pay for their initial cost many times over. In our opinion, if you do not have the budget for inorganic sealers then rather sit tight, save some money until you have the budget ... and then call us to do the job for you.

Sealed SlateOrand Tick 27x27How We Seal Floors

We prepare floors for sealing by deep cleaning them with high pressure steam. This has the effect of opening up all those cracks and pores that are so critical to the sealant penetrating and/or adhering to the surface. We clean properly and are therefore streets ahead of everyone else when it comes to sealing. Because of the fantastic surface preparation, we really do get maximum penetration and the sealer will last properly.

Then, after the floor has thoroughly dried - depending on the sealant we use - we either apply evenly by hand using lint free cloths or spray the sealer on using special airguns: we do it this way because it gives extremely even coats with no overwetting, pooling, overlaps or blotching. It's virtually impossible to achieve a smooth finish with brushes and rollers. The result is often a sight to behold: a perfect finish that not only protects the floor, but also enhances and beautifies. And, best of all, it's a finish that will last for years.

So, if you're thinking of sealing your floors, why not email us? We can offer a wealth of advice and a superb level of service to help you transform your floors from tired ugly surfaces to beautiful long-lasting finishes.  

 

                           

 

The Best Way To Get A Quote from Us

 

All surfaces are different and we can therefore not give you an "average per sqm price" over the phone. We prefer to get all the information about a problem so that we can forward an accurate quotation. In order to do this, we need:

1. The area size in sqm (please, we don't quote "per room" ... just do the best you can with area size).

2. A detailed description of the problem. So please "tell us the full story" of your floor and its problem and try and be as thorough as possible. The more we know, the better we can quote. For example, telling us that your floor is "very dirty" doesn't help us; rather tell us whether there is old sealant on the floor, oil, what stains, wax, polish, soil ... whatever it may be, just tell us about it.

3. The physical address of the work site. If not the full address, then at least the suburb please.

4. Pictures of the problem. If emailing pics is a problem, send the pics via Whatsapp or Signal on 076 030 8191 (... remember to send the other info via email as it helps us keep track of our customers' specs and needs). Also, please, the pictures need to include a wide shot or two so we can get a sense of the area, then close-ups of tiles and its problems: pretend we are there, sitting on our haunches, having a look at the floor.

 

So, a good variety of pics is always good.

 

And in absolutely no time, we will send a tailor-made quote, just for you. If the job is too complicated or you don't feel like sending pics and measuring up, we will come out.


 
                  

 

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Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a full brief to obtain an accurate, obligation-free quote.

 

Advanced Floor Cleaning Systems

84 Concorde Road East

Bedfordview

2007

South Africa

 

076 030 8191

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www.afcs.co.za

 

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Our 'Before & After' pics constitute only a small portion of our work. Where required, when we quote, we will send you specifically relevant "befores and afters" of even more jobs we have done over the years.

 

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