CLEANER SELECTION CHART

TYPE OF PROBLEM OR STAIN CORRECT PRODUCT OR CLEANER ALTERNATIVE CLEANER PRECAUTIONS  
       
Algae MOULD-X    do not use on fabrics
Bird Droppings DEEP-CLEAN    
Blood DEEP-CLEAN    
Calcium Deposits BRICK & MASONRY do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Cement Residue BRICK & MASONRY GROUT-LIFT do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Chalk Lines X-TREME-CLEAN test first on polished natural stone
Coffee DEEP-CLEAN  
Crayon X-TREME-CLEAN test first on polished natural stone
Efflorescence BRICK & MASONRY do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Dirt – General DEEP-CLEAN  
Dirty Grout GROUT-CLEANER DEEP-CLEAN  
Graffiti STRIPP-OFF use on unsealed or unpainted surfaces
Grout Residue GROUT-LIFT do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Grease DEEP-CLEAN WAX-OFF  
Ink DEEP-CLEAN X-TREME-CLEAN  
Lime Deposits BRICK & MASONRY do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Mortar BRICK & MASONRY  Copper residues may turn green
Mould & Mildew MOULD-X  do not use on fabrics
Mustard DEEP-CLEAN
Oil X-TREME-CLEAN STRIPP-OFF test first on polished natural stone
Paint Spots STRIPP-OFF will remove the existing sealer
Pencil Marks X-TREME-CLEAN test first on polished natural stone
Red Soil RUST-X do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Rubber Mallet Marks X-TREME-CLEAN test first on polished natural stone
Rubber Shoe Marks X-TREME-CLEAN DEEP-CLEAN test first on polished natural stone
Rust RUST-X do not use on acid sensitive surfaces
Sealers- damaged or unwanted STRIPP-OFF  do not use on synthetic resin surfaces
Tomato Sauce X-TREME-CLEAN
Varnishes STRIPP-OFF
Wax WAX-OFF STRIPP-OFF  
Wine Stains DEEP-CLEAN

WHY POROUS SURFACES NEED CLEANING:

 

NEW INSTALLATIONS:

  1. Surfaces should be clean prior to sealing.
  2. Surfaces need to be cleaned prior to resealing or additional coats.
  3. Efflorescence may be present and require removal.

 

EXISTING FLOORS:

  1. Sealer or polish need to be cleaned prior to recoating.
  2. Stains need to be removed before becoming permanent.
  3. Surfaces will require cleaning before applying sealers or polishes.
  4.      General maintenance.

 

NEW INSTALLATIONS:

In the above instance the procedure would be the same. The floor would require cleaning to remove the dirt, wax, polish, sealant or grout residue from either the entire area or from the areas that are affected. Once the floor has been completely cleaned the surface should be carefully examined to access whether the problem has been resolved. In the event the surface is still dirty the correct cleaner needs to be selected. Consult the CLEANER SELECTION chart or the PROBLEM-SOLVING CHART.

 

EXISTING FLOORS:

In the above instance it is important to establish what type of dirt or stain requires removal. Care should be taken to select the correct cleaner that will not cause damage to the surface or the existing sealer. The surface should be carefully examined to access whether the problem has been resolved after cleaning prior to resealing.

 

CLEANER SELECTION:

The intended purpose of a cleaner is to remove the dirt or staining material as effectively and quickly as possible without damage to the surface or sealer. Different types of cleaners are required based on the type of floor or tile and the type of dirt or stain.

 

SURFACE TYPES PRECAUTIONS:
Slate Too much abrasion may remove surface colour
Cement Surfaces Too much abrasion may cause surface damage or remove surface colour
Oxided Concrete Too much abrasion may cause surface damage or remove surface colour
Marble & Travertine Too much abrasion may cause surface damage
Natural Stone Acid based cleaners will etch and damage the surfaces of certain natural stones

 

STONESHIELD DAILY-CLEAN 

Description: A concentrated water based cleaner for daily use, to remove grease, grime and general dirt and dust.

Uses: Suitable for use on natural stone, marble, granite, travertine, limestone, slate, terrazzo, terracotta, bricks, cement tiles, glazed and unglazed ceramics, vinyl and plastic floor tiles.

 

STONESHIELD DEEP-CLEAN

Description: A concentrated heavy duty degreasing cleaner and acid neutralizer, designed for use in indoor and outdoor areas, garages, patios, driveways, and areas subject to heavy traffic and use.

Uses: Effective on natural stone, marble, granite, travertine, limestone, slate, terrazzo, terracotta, bricks, cement tiles, concrete floors, glazed and unglazed ceramics. Suitable for use on most floor finishes.

 

STONESHIELD BRICK & MASONRY CLEANER

Description: An inhibited acid based cleaner for the removal of cement and mortar residues from clay face bricks, clay paving bricks, natural stone, slate, terracotta, glazed and unglazed ceramics.

Also suitable for etching concrete floors prior to coating. An inhibited acid prevents attack and tarnish to metal surfaces. Contains emulsifying detergents to remove oils and grease.

 

STONESHIELD CERAMIC & PORCELAIN TILE CLEANER

Description: A concentrated detergent cleaner formulated for gentle everyday use. Use internally and externally to remove surface soiling and general dirt. Eliminates soap build up and reduces hard water deposits.

Uses: Suitable for use on glazed and unglazed ceramics, polished and unpolished porcelain.

 

STONESHIELD GROUT-CLEANER™

Description: A ready to use non-acidic cleaner designed for regular use on grout joints. STONESHIELD GROUT-CLEANER™ eliminates soap build up and reduces hard water deposits. Use internally and externally.

Uses: For the removal of grease, grime, soap deposits, and dirt from grout joints.

 

STONESHIELD GROUT-LIFT

Description: An inhibited acid based cleaner for the removal of cement and grout residues from natural stone, slate, terracotta, bricks, porcelain, glazed and unglazed ceramics.  An inhibited acid prevents attack or tarnish to metal surfaces.  Contains detergents to remove oils and grease.

 

STONESHIELD MOULD-X

Description: A specially formulated fast acting cleaner for the removal of mould & mildew, black stains and algae. Regular use prevents the re-growth of mould and mildew. Cleans and disinfects all in one.

Uses: Use internally on ceramic, porcelain and enamel surfaces; tiles and tile grout in bathrooms and showers.          Use externally on bricks, walls, paving, floor and roof tiles.

 

STONESHIELD RUST-X

Description: An acid-based gel cleaner designed for the removal of red soil stains, rust, air and carbon pollution, oxidisation, mould and mildew stains. Safer than conventional acid-based cleaners.

Uses: Suitable for use on unpolished and acid resistant natural stone, unsealed concrete and masonry surfaces, terracotta and quarry tiles. For use on walls and floors.

 

STONESHIELD X-TREME-CLEAN

Description: A water based biodegradable non-scratching abrasive cream cleaner designed to remove factory applied waxes, light grout residue, rubber and pencil marks and ingrained dirt from textured and difficult to clean surfaces.

Uses: Suitable for use on textured ceramics, polished and unpolished porcelain tiles and natural stone.

 

LIMITATIONS:

Store and use between 4°c and 32°c only. Ensure good ventilation and avoid breathing vapours.

Avoid skin and eye contact. Wear goggles, gloves and suitable protective clothing when necessary.

Keep out of reach of children and pets and store away from other chemicals. Do not allow contact with other sensitive surfaces.