Faber AT Lux Impregnator
Faber AT Lux Review
There are lots of threats to the stone surfaces in homes and business premises alike. First, everyday dirt and grime accumulates on the surface, dulling its beauty. Some of the particles- such as the soiling tracked in from the outdoors, can be abrasive, gradually wearing down the surface, which reduces its lifespan. Then there are the food and drink spills. These can causes stains, especially on untreated surfaces. With materials like natural stone, their high porosity enables spills to seep into the structure, making the stains even more difficult to remove. Both oil and water-based staining is a huge problem, where putting in place measures to prevent it by applying treatment products will go a long way in preventing the resultant headaches that come when dealing with these spots. The overspray from other cleaning products also comes into the picture. As you spray, scrub and wipe the appliances, furniture, baseboards, windows and other areas on the premises, there can be overspray from the cleaning products that winds up on the surrounding countertops, walls and floors. When the chemical elements in these products, such as the acidic cleaning agents, gets into contact with the natural stone, unwanted reactions can occur, resulting in etching of the surface. Foot traffic itself, whether it is the modern-day busy home, or in the heart of a busy shopping complex or office building, applies a load onto the structure, and you want to enhance its durability in order to withstand the constant barrage of abuse. You don't want your installation getting damaged. Formulations such as the Faber AT Lux come in to protect your installation from these factors. Here is an analysis on what you have to look forward to with this unit.
Benefits Of The Faber AT Lux
With this formulation, you get to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the installation. The Faber AT Lux comes with natural and synthetic microcrystals, forming a liquid wax that brings out the shine and intensifies the tone of the natural stone. You can use it on surfaces where the finish is distressed, brushed or where it has been finely sanded, and it is also a superb choice for accentuating cementina and the cement-based agglomerates. You don't have to worry about it yellowing over time, with the satin finish that is obtained getting to last for longer.
Protection from stains
The solvent-based Faber AT Lux forms a protective layer that wards off water and oil-based stains. It even increases resistant to foot traffic, and prevents dirt from adhering to the underlying surface. This preserves the structural integrity of the treated surface, while also reducing your workload during the routine cleaning tasks.
The Faber AT Lux has been developed to treat indoor surfaces of different materials, ranging from natural stone like marble and limestone, all through to agglomerates like marble-cement and marble resin. Whether you want to use it on your quartzite or travertine floors, the granite or slate countertops, basaltina-lava stone or even cementina, the Faber AT Lux will be up to the task. Note that the product shouldn't be used for outdoor surfaces.
Treating surfaces with the Faber AT Lux is a breeze. Using a roller, brush, cloth or lambswool applicator, apply a coat of product onto the target surface. Be liberal with the amount, spreading it out over the whole surface, and ensuring that the coat has been evenly applied. Give it between 5 and 10 minutes for it to penetrate into the material, and then redistribute the excess product. The goal at this point is to wind up with a homogenous application. The excess product can be distributed using a cloth, or even a mechanical polisher, depending on the size of the area you're working on. In case you're treating a particularly absorbent surface, the Faber AT Lux will already have penetrated into the material.
Allow the coat to dry, which can take about 30 to 60 minutes, after which you can go ahead with the polishing. This can be done manually, using tools like wire wool pads or a wool-cotton cloth. For the larger surfaces, working with units such as mechanical polishers will come in handy, from the traditional designs with rpms at 150 - 500, or the high-speed alternatives where the rpm can reach as high as 1500. You can also choose to work with orbital or flexible polishers. Simply attach a white or lambskin pad to the unit and proceed to polish the surface until you obtain the desired result. Wire wool attachments can also work with the polishers.
After the application, allow the Faber AT Lux treatment to dry, which can take 1-2 hours. However, only let foot traffic back onto the area after 4-6 hours have elapsed. The tools used for the application can be cleaned using white spirit. To maintain surfaces treated with the Faber AT Lux, use the Neugel formulation for the routine cleaning, and when it comes to dewaxing, turn to Dec 21 or Faber Decera P.
There are a couple of issues that you should take note of to ensure that you get optimal results:
Thoroughly clean the surface before treating it with the Faber AT Lux. The dirt and grime will only ruin the quality of the results.
Ensure that the surface being worked on is dry before proceeding with the application.
Are you using the Faber AT Lux on a surface that has been recently installed or grouted? Allow the adhesives and grout used or the process to first completely cure, then proceed to stain-proof the surface.
The Faber AT Lux comes with a budget-friendly price tag, and you can get it in either 1L bottles or the larger 5L cans, depending on your particular needs. This formulation also has a wide coverage rate, clocking 25-35m²/L, which will depend on the rate of absorption of the surface. This, added to the protective attributes which reduce the long-term costs of maintenance, means you get to make more savings.