Sandstone Patio – Cleaned, Re grouted and Sealed – Kettering, Northants
This is the time of year for people to not only think about inside stone restoration but also their outside stone. The following photographs are of a recent job undertaken in Kettering, Northants of a 4 year old sandstone patio. Unfortunately it was not sealed when it was first installed and the combination of weather and UV sunlight had faded the tiles, this together with general soiling had greatly affected the appearance of this beautiful stone and it could almost have been mistaken for concrete slabs.
My first course of action was to lightly spray the area with Tile Doctor Pro Clean, this was agitated with a 17 inch low speed rotary machine with a stiff brush attached followed by pressure washing with our professional honda petrol 3000psi jet washer with a spinning tool attached, this was set at a medium pressure so as to not damage the stone, I allowed the stone to dry for a few days, returning on a dry day and regrouted the entire area with a special dry mix which was brushed in and levelled and any excess grout was removed before sealing. The patio was sealed with Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealant to enhance the natural colours of the stone. This is a breathable sealant which is recommended for outside use, it will protect the stone against day to day wear and the elements and inhibit the growth of fungi, lichen and moss.
Within hours of finishing the customer came home and called me straight away to say he couldn’t believe the transformation that was achieved and they looked better than when they were first laid. He is now looking forward to the summer months sitting out on his patio enjoying the garden, safe in the knowledge that this beautiful sandstone patio is fully protected and sealed and will continue to look it’s best.
This was the second time I had carried out work for this client in Kettering as I had cleaned his block paved driveway the year before and he was impressed with the job carried out so he had kept my number for any further outside stone cleaning he may have required.