Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions- Showers

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Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions

Importance of Rinsing and Drying Shower Walls

 

Marble & Granite Shower Walls will present the biggest challenge to cleaning successfully. Soap scum deposits and mildew can pose a challenge. Streaking also can be a concern.

 

Bottom to Top Wetting :of one wall at a time and then scrubbing well and rinsing well with clean water and a sponge or rags – see deep cleaning instructions. Spraying from top to bottom can result in streaking as the cleanser breaks down the “scum”.

 

Rinsing with StoneClean Plus Hard Surface Cleaner

This will be your daily care use product! Use highly diluted at 1 oz. cleaner to 2 qts. of water for normal cleaning and stronger if surface gets heavy use. You will sense when you need to add more solution to clean better. Usually after deep cleaning with StoneClean & Strip you can use the 1 oz. to 2 qts. water dilution ratio

 

For Polished Marble & Granite shower walls it is always a good idea to dry enough so that there will be little or no streaking. Microfiber cleaning cloths work best.

 

Since none of RJSC cleaning solutions contain detergents – soap scum will no longer be a problem. They breakdown environmentally faster than most products on the market and they will leave no film on the surface. Rinse water will leave no film / soap scum residues on the earth!

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions

Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions

 

Thank You for choosing the cleansers with the very best cleaning chemistry on the market – the StoneClean™ Concentrate cleansers from the Richard James Specialty Chemicals Company .

 

 

Basic “Deep” Cleaning Tips

    • When cleaning walls like shower walls always start wetting from the bottom going up as this will prevent any potential concerns of streaking
    • When Deep cleaning with StoneClean & Strip it is important never to let the solution dry on the surface without scrubbing and rinsing
    • Clean only areas small enough so you can control the area so as not to have any solution dry before scrubbing
    • For deep cleaning floor grout it is best to keep the floor area wet for at least 5 minutes before scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush
    • If the floor and grout are very dirty you may need to rinse with clean water and scrub again as StoneClean & Strip’s deep cleaning action will still work to bring up embedded dirt! You will likely be shocked to see how much dirt keeps coming up and out. (it drives me nuts to see how dirty many restaurant floors and bathrooms are!)
    • Dilutions: Severe Contamination 1 part solution to 3 parts water (on rare occasions such as embedded mold/mildew it may be necessary to use full strength) Average Soil   1 part solution to 10 parts water
  • Water Temperature Should be lukewarm and never hot! (excessive heat can separate the special surfactants in the product)
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths and sponges work best
  • Read the labels well on the bottles for further instructions
  • Best to use rubber gloves as it can tend to dry out the skin

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Surface Maintenance Surface Protection

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Avoid Floor Failures Please Read!

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Stan Zimmer

Surface Maintenance + Surface Protection

Your First Two Lines of Defense Against Floor Failures

With increasingly sophisticated methods and tools now available for recognizing and addressing vapor emission and moisture problems, there is an ever-growing awareness of these “down-up” (moisture under the floor moving up and out of the flooring thru the setting bed)  problems in the construction and related industries. The result is that owners and contactors increasingly assume that these “must” be the cause of tile, stone, and VCT failures.

There are other widespread causes of hard surface flooring failures that are little understood, therefore are often –  over looked. These are the “up-down” (of vapor transmission) problems that are fortunately quite easy and relatively inexpensive to solve by proper protection of the surface at the time of installation, and proper maintenance on an ongoing basis.

Addressing the “up-down” problems at any time in the life of the floor can often also prevent premature floor failure.

Any seamed, grouted or damaged floor is subject to various types of contamination seeping through junctures to the base substrate. Soap and detergent residues, stripping and cleaning agents, oils, salts and acids can all create conditions for lifting and buckling of hard-surface floors.

Many common cleaners use a variety of inexpensive compounds that make the cleaners “appear” to be highly effective , but these compounds can cause severe damage to the flooring adhesive or to the base substrate when the seep into junctures. This is especially true for the low-VOC trowel adhesives that all become brittle and easily broken down by these chemistries.

  • Popular citrus-based cleaners contain a product called d-Limonene, a petroleum related product that over time will break down adhesives and concrete.
  • Acidic cleaners that flow down through junctures will slowly create an environment that when re-wetted can cause concrete and all cementitious products to powder. This powder layer will eventually “lift” as it becomes less and less homogeneous to the substrate.
  • High pH strippers (especially those with high amounts of potassium or sodium phosphates sodium hydroxide ) and / or dirty water that seep in and remain trapped under the flooring material can wreak havoc. Spaces below the flooring (and especially spaces between the rubber backing of small bathroom tiles) as ideal sites for mold growth from these contaminates. As mold take hold and begins to grow, it takes up increasing amounts of space, and starts the process of delamination. While many anti-microbial products are helpful, all these have a short effective life , and any interruption in treatments will allow mold growth to re-start.

Preventing penetration of adverse chemistries into junctures along with use of non-damaging advanced-technology cleaners and strippers can prevent failures of new installations and stop deterioration of existing installations.

The first task is to seal seamed, grouted and damaged floors such that future contamination will not occur and the floor is given a durable overlay that can be cleaned and refreshed over time. Important the overlay (coating) needs no stripping to refresh!

The second task is to use cleaners and strippers that actually “float” contamination “up and out” rather than just break down; that do not contain adverse chemistries; that will not damage the flooring; that will not leave dangerous slippery residues behind; and that will effectively and cost-efficiently deliver a pristine-clean floor.

Please email me for more details! It may not be too late.

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

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Check Out These Amazing New Products!

StoneHardener™ 3 Polish

Longest Lasting Shine and Best Possible Protection for Marble, Limestone & Other Natural Stones

  • Beautiful High-Gloss or Mirror Finish
  • Superior Hardness and Abrasion – Resistance for extended Durability
  • Maximum protection in the class of renewable finishes
  • No yellowing or stone discoloration
  • Easy touch-up of traffic patterns: No Stripping Required!
  • Not a “restoration” product , so testing is required on worn stones

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With StoneHardener™ 3 Polish the surface is harder, more abrasion resistant and more durable. The stone is protected from a wide range of contaminates such as oil, acetone, coffee, and other beverages.

A Must for High Traffic Shopping Malls, Hotels, Office Buildings , Schools/ Universities

Reduce product Usage, Reduce Labor Costs, Reduce High Maintenance Contracts

 

 

SuperTop™ XL All-Surface Finish

For All Hard Surfaces plus StoneLok™- Sealed Floors and Countertops

Longest Lasting with Best Possible Protection

  • Beautiful high-gloss or Mirror Finish, XXTRA low gloss (flat) or anti-skid
  • Superior hardness and abrasion resistance for extended durability
  • Maximum protection in the class of renewable finishes
  • Indoor or Outdoor use with no Yellowing or Discoloration
  • Easy touch-up of traffic patterns; no stripping required

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Ideal for all hard surfaces such as VCT, Wood, Brick, Terrazzo, and Concrete

Great for High traffic areas such as Hotels, Shopping Malls, Department stores, Schools/ Universities

TK6™ NanoCoat is a new single-component coating that can almost do it all!

Seals/protect a multitude of substrates – open and polished concrete, block, brick, pavers, stucco, stamped concrete, micro-toppings, self-leveling cements and many dimensional stones.  TK6 is UV stable for either interior or exterior applications.

Superior Stain Resistance Outstanding abrasion – resistance Even Efflorescence for easier cleaning

Please read the brochure below for more details

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SRI™ Treatment – Stain Resisting Impregnator

Invisible protection against water and oil-borne contamination. Low V.O.C. , aqueous base very low odor

Breathable invisible, vapor – permeable barrier

Ideal for unsealed natural stone, terra-cotta, sandstone, cementitious surfaces, kitchen and bathroom tiling.  Ideal for protecting even highly polished granite countertops – one coat can be applied and lightly buffed after drying.

Superior protect without the problems silicone impregnators present : Darkening of surface and over time actually “take up” stains that are next to impossible to get rid of later.

Please read the brochure and give this amazing product a try!

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The New 3 R’s of Floor Care

Reduce: Product Usage by reducing the need to recoat often , and or strip previous applications  Concentrated so able to reduce bottles

Resist: Greater resistance to abrasion, staining, discoloration  ; Maintains and protects your capital investment into your flooring

Renew: Periodic renewal of the shine/ finish without the need to strip means less labor, less chemical usage

Please email me for product brochures and pricing. Samples may be available based on possible volume usage.

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

New Product Pricing Notes

SuperTop™XL , StoneHardener™-3Polish , & TK6™NanoCoat are all three specialty finishes that can do amazing things for the floor care industry. As such, I will want to qualify their use before selling them.

SRI™ Treatment – Stain Resisting Impregnator is a superior invisible protection for many substrates.

I will want to know where the product will be used, the desired results, and the after- care dedication to its use long term.

It will be suggested to do a sample area first. Commercial accounts only- I will discount a quart or gallon to include a quart of either StoneClean™”60”, or “104” or StoneClean™ Plus to assure a superb cleaning before application.

I sell at the same exact pricing that RJSC does.

SuperTop™XL $22.00 per Quart – $65.00 per Gallon

TK6™Nano Coat $33.50 per Quart – $114.00 per Gallon

StoneHardener™3Polish $25.00 per Quart – $74.00 per Gallon

SRI Treatment $50 per Qt. , $ 170.00 per gallon

SuperTop™XL  $35 per Qt. & $80.00 per gallon

TK6™NanoCoat $50.00 per Quart & $150.00 per Gallon

StoneHardener™3Polish $50.00 per Quart & $90.00 per Gallon

Once decided upon which of the three cleansers to combine best I will send a PayPal Request for the total. Shipping Extra for Alaska & Hawaii

Please email me any questions you may have as I will consult with the company as to which application is best in your case.

Thanks

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Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

Value in Being “Green Spirited” than Being “Rules Green” in the Field of Coatings, Sealers, and Cleansers

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Value in Being “Green Spirited” than Being “Rules Green” in the Field of Coatings, Sealers, and Cleansers

 

When “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “Green”. When being “Rules Green” (Certified) is not as good as being “Green Spirited” – caring about the quality of what you use in your life and business. Just because a material is natural doesn’t mean it is good for the environment. Consider that every spring millions of pounds of peat is used as potting soil and garden ground cover. Did you know that 1) harvesting peat releases carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas? 2) Peat bogs have amazing ability to remove harmful impurities from water? 3) Peat bogs hold 10% of the worlds fresh water? Using peat may make you feel good using a natural material but does it mean it is good for the environment? Do you get the idea of being ruled by “rules” or governed by the “spirit” of being environmentally friendly.

Also consider the trend to grow corn and soybeans for fuel. Growing more requires more tonnage of petro-chemical derived chemical fertilizer/pesticides. Fuel efficiency is less than the old alternative and oil is still consumed to produce the “natural” byproduct used in fuel. I lived in Iowa and still don’t use this fuel for my car! It has a lower BTU value so you get less miles per gallon. Am I belaboring the point? Probably but please read on.

It matters also with the company you keep and support when considering being “green”. This is why I have chosen to represent the Richard James Specialty Chemicals Corp. and the products they produce for stone, tile, concrete, and a host of other substrates. I hope you will agree with me that they have some of the finest products anywhere in the world. Let me explain why I say so in regards to environmental issues.

The term environmentally friendly is a widely used and poorly defined cliché’. RJSC cleansers & sealers and finishes have all three elements to qualify as “environmentally friendly”…..

 

First off is the daily use of cleaning products and their StoneClean™ Concentrate line of cleansers.

 

First is the absence of toxic compounds in RJSC products.  Surprisingly many cleansers make you believe they are eco-safe by using the grapefruit extracted concentrate d-limonene [orange or lemon smell] that is actually quite toxic. It is first cousin to kerosene and is not biologically friendly at all. Its bio-half life is very long and it is amazingly toxic compared to many other cleaning agents. It gets good press value since it is extracted from grapefruit rinds. Look at some of the labels and warning about “orange” type cleansers- “If skin contact rinse with water for 15 minutes” sounds like a dangerous product to me!

 

Secondly, RJSC cleansers have short bio degradation time AND [very important] none of the degradation products are themselves toxic. RJSC’s StoneClean “104”, for instance, may have the shortest degradation time of any heavy duty degreaser. The chemistries of industrial cleansers are typically VERY high impact. StoneClean “104” is not only fast in environmental breakdown, it is also truly neutral pH and low toxicity, while at the same time unusually effective in capturing oils/grime and transferring it to the mop head to be rinse away in a bucket.

Another earth friendly spirited way it is crafted is the fact that is a salt free cleanser! Excess salts in our waterways are creating havoc with water treatment centers. ( typical water softeners that use salt should be outlawed!) This means that being green “spirited” also means to consider whether a product is “drain friendly”! Look at the label of ingredients and if sodium or potassium are in the names of the cleaning agents then are you really green in spirit or intent?

 

Third, and importantly, is the “free rinse-ability” of RJSC products.  If a product leaves a scum on the floor it will also leave a scum on the environment it contacts.  Many cleaners require multiple rinses whereas RJSC cleansers float free with the first rinse. (this also saves in labor time as well)

Soy derived cleansers leave behind residues that by definition provide food for fungal growth. This starts another important point to cover: the control of mold and mildew environmentally! Lawsuits and litigation experts agree that this is a “cash cow” of legal proportions. Problematic, is that often solutions to cleaning mold are also toxic in themselves, and that by definition add to the overall “problem” of mold concerns. A mouthful of words to say, “let us look at a different way to control mold.” – more help needed to explain why current methodology of using any chloride based cleanser is not only bad for user but also for environment – Safely removing mold without resorting to using any type of chloride chemical is key to protecting the environment of the drain and waterways. Breaking down the chitin shell of the fungal growth makes it a much safer way to remove mold/fungal growths. Many are fooled into believing that for such a nasty job you need nasty strong chemistry. Looking at the labels of such strong chemicals proves they are not good for the environment and also the end user. One such label say to avoid any skin contact and to flush your skin for 30 minutes if it comes in contact with your skin! A friend of mine uses such a cleanser in his cleaning and mold remediation service.

RJSC designs their sealers and cleansers with the specific thought of bio-half life and toxicology of all inclusions. Biodegradability of surfactants and de-foaming additives is a concern as these are usually not regulated except in the case of fluorocarbons and heavy metals. A famer friend of mine thinks that some agricultural chemical surfactants never really break down environmentally.

I think you will actually be shocked to find out how the combination of right chemistry and environmental safety can outperform ones that claim “Rules Green” / certified!

The next area of concern being dealt with in the article is the chemistry of sealers/ finishes. Solvent borne coatings have been around for over a hundred years. Only recently did science come up with acrylic and polyurethane resins that were solvated in various hydrocarbon solvents to produce widely used coatings that are still applied today (albeit illegally in many states).

As air quality concerns elevated to new awareness in the 70’and 80’s, there was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the vapors, inherent toxicity and flammability of solvent coatings. The letters “VOC” became a more recognizable standard to judge whether a coating was toxic and to which degree. VOC then became the newest regulatory datum.

 

RJSC was the FIRST manufacturer (1992) in floor coatings/treatments to open its business exclusively with waterborne coating and sealers. They have a menu of at least 9 industry standards to measure their coatings. They consistently meet or beat solvent systems in virtually every performance dimension!! This is especially true for abrasion resistance, flexibility, tensile strength and of course flammability.

Among the first products introduced by RJSC in the early 90’s was StoneLok™ “MLT Plus”. The first big application was in 1993 at Penn Station in NYC (with traffic of 500,000 people a day). It was selected because it was the only product MTA management could find that met their stringent air quality tests. It saved them several thousand dollars that would have been spent venting the fumes from this 24- hr/day facility.

The flamed granite is still easily cleanable to this day. StoneLok™ sealers are now specified for installations from museums, hotels, retail spaces, and finer homes.

The real spirit of “Green” is much more complex than the current idol of VOC, or volatile organic content. Most resin systems other than 100% epoxy need some solvents to gain required performance. Most state VOC requirements are generally in the low 200 g/liter level but there are several areas where 100 is the max and we can only see this trend being amplified lower.

Low Impact Green in Spirit (Low Environmental Impact) must therefore consider appropriate VOC for air quality, PLUS low bio-toxcity, low contact irritation and fast bio-degradation.

Small amounts of solvents are found in almost all sealers including waterborne products. Many pose no air quality threat and are low in toxicity. Some solvents are higher in impact. Ethyl-group glycol ethers (butoxy ethanol) are used in waterborne coating, and “EB” was the solvent in original Windex and 409. This chemistry is metabolized in the body with some by-product liver retention.

RJSC uses Glycol Ether Acetate that has a safety rating of “1” (safe) without DOT toxic shipping. Glycol Ether Acetate is generally metabolized and passed thru the body with no retention.

It is interesting to note that they did a job for The National Bureau of Technology and Standard (nuclear lab). They had to demonstrate the uniquely “safe” catalyst chemistry. The officer was totally unconcerned with the Glycol Ether Acetate. The product was also cleared for use by an equally stringent safety officer for a major airplane manufacturer.

RJSC has not undertaken the time and expense to gain “Green Rules” for their sealers since when the coating system is cured, it is chemically inert and therefore does not emit, exchange or degrade into biologically hostile chemistries. Also, unlike high- and petroleum- solvent sealers that emit “volatiles” for months, RJSC sealers emit the low-level biologically acceptable propisols only until full cure (usually four days).

As chemically inert system, they do not provide nutritional basis for microbial growth, and with its overall chemical resistance, it can be cleaned with a variety of microbial cleansers!

This sort evaluation of being “Green Spirited” as opposed to being “Green Rules” shows that it is what a company does, not what it says, and pays to have advertised that matters most! RJSC rarely advertises and for that reason sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of big business contracts and deals. It is the hotel GM, building manager, janitorial supervisor/owner that truly wants to be “Green Spirited” that will sort thru all the hype, read the documentation and choose the best overall products for their facility.

I hope you will contact me for further direction into how this special, low key company, can help you also to become not only green compliant, but go further and become green spirited in nature of your business or home!

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

 

Salt Free Cleaning Advantages

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Salt Free Cleaning? I know processed salt is bad for my health and now your saying salt in the products I clean my floor with is bad too?

Consider: Salts are typically used to add extra activity to cleansers (as an extra “grabber”). Many neutral cleaners are not neutral in the bottle- but become neutral when the salts react out. This is when the products “die” or are no longer active in cleaning ability. StoneClean “104” StoneClean “60”, & StoneClean Hard Surface cleanser has NO SALTS and NO SOAPS! Not only are both neutral pH , but more importantly is that they are a continuously active product. Its activity does not stop when it is in dilution or on the floor! This trade secret formulation is why ones notice it cleans effectively even at a 1 to 128 dilution or even weaker.

Why Salt Free? Salt residues left in the floor can cause problems later. This is especially true when considering any surface treatment such as an impregnator , sealer, or wax. No sealer is truly totally impermeable! Over time there will be some up down and down up hydroscopic  (vapor movement). If salts are left in the substrate, continual “wetting” and resulting “activation” can eventually create a) efflorescence and or b) “color shift”. Extra salts can also hasten the process of re-soiling of the substrate.

Residue Free Cleans! Now the daily cleans go FASTER and more efficient with these three products. Also, there is better surface adhesion and bonding when further treating the floor after a deep cleaning. Using them as a final RINSE before applying any impregnator , sealer, or wax will produce better results. Also the substrate can be brought back to a neutral pH faster, where it should be to prevent damage.

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure!