-to be applied “only” over dry and dust free surfaces
-it can be applied with a brush, roller or a towel cloth
Protecting Your Surfaces With The Faber P 147
Natural stones need to be sealed periodically. Failure to do this leaves them vulnerable to the structure absorbing liquids and foreign substances, which can result in it weakening. However this does not mean that it has to cost you a fortune. Faber has provides a wide range of products to serve this purpose, one of which is the Faber P 147 unit, which is in high demand due to its effectiveness. Just what exactly can you expect from it? We'll delve into that and more.
With the different types of sealants that are available, and the loads of information that one needs to sift through when making a purchase, it can get confusing to determine the formulation that is suitable for your particular installation. How do you know which product will work for you? Before we get into the analysis of the Faber P 147, let's walk you through the factors that you need to consider.
For starters, there is the property of the product to repel water and/or oil. An oleophobic sealant (one that repels oil) will protect the stone from issues like the fats and grease spills that are common in kitchens, fuel and engine leaks on the garage floors, and even the staining caused by tar and paint. Hydrophobic sealants (those that repel water) will enhance the resistance to staining that is caused by beverage spills, wine and fruit juice that winds up on the floor, beers, urine and also vegetable matter.
An important point to note here is that sealants that are oil repellent are usually water repellent as well, but those which are water repellent are not automatically oil-repellent, hence the need to properly read the description on the product label.
Types of sealant
The various product available can be described as either topical sealers (coatings) or impregnators (penetrating sealants).
These are developed to merely sit on the surface. They act as a barrier, separating the stone underneath and the rest of the environment above. This approach means that they are easy to remove. They will get abraded easily, resulting in signs of scuffing and wear showing up earlier. This means that the coatings will need to be reapplied more frequently. The build-up that results from the application can cause a varnish-like appearance to form on the surface. The quality of the product itself is also a key factor, seeing that the low-quality topical sealants end up turning yellow when exposed to sunlight. In addition, the coatings trap moisture within the substrate, preventing it from escaping. This can result in efflorescence and increase the risk of damage to the structure.
Here, the products will actually penetrate into the substrate itself. Its molecules soak into the microscopic interstices which are between the grains of the substrate, or adhere to the mineral grains of the stone. The mode of functioning of the penetrating sealants gives a longer-lasting protection of the structure, and also preserves the breathability of the stone, allowing moisture to escape. With regards to effects from the UV radiation, you want to get a product that has been specifically formulated not to yellow over time.
The colour effect
There are those who are looking to enhance the colour and character of the stone. Two approaches can be taken:
In the first instance, you can apply a specialised colour enhancer, which will accentuate the hue and deepen the tone, then follow through with the sealant. This separates the function. However, it translates into more workload and expenses.
Go for products that are wet-look sealants- like the Faber P 147, which enhance the aesthetics and provides the protective attributes that are desired simultaneously. This greatly reduces the amount of time spent on the task.
Choosing the sealant
Are you a business owner? For the commercial establishments, key considerations include slip resistance- that way you won't have nasty slip-and-fall accidents on the premises; the product's durability and resistance to wear- especially given the amount of foot traffic handled by the establishment; ease of application- here factors include the drying and curing time, since you don't want your business operations grinding to a halt for extended periods each time that the surfaces need to be treated; and also the cost- after all, you don't want to leave a dent on your finances.
For contractors, top on your list of concerns is the reliability of the product, and its ease of application. You want a quality sealant that will work for your clients, while reducing the hassle that goes into the application process- otherwise you will end up spending too much time on one task, creating a bottleneck in your operations. You also don't want a low-quality product which will bring problems later on, and require you to make additional (and unpaid) work to resolve the issue.
When it comes to the homeowners and DIY enthusiasts, ease of use is also a key focus. Note that one needs to pay particular attention to the instructions that come on the product label, since there is plenty of room for error, and you don't want your house becoming a horror-show because of things getting out of hand.
Why You Should Invest In The Faber P 147
Adds more character to your natural stone surfaces
The impregnating Faber P 147 sets a wet look to the surface, while simultaneously enhancing the colour. This accentuates the aesthetic appeal of the area being treated, be it indoors or outdoors. It achieves this effect without forming a surface film. What's more, the result gets to last for long without yellowing, due to the formulation's resistance to UV radiation. The Faber P 147 will set a matt finish to the surface, and also make the veining that is characteristic of the natural stone to be more prominent. This adds to the natural look and feel of the structure.
Oil- and water-repellent
This is the core function of the Faber P 147. By applying the sealer, you want to stain-proof the target surface, and this formulation is effective in its functionality. The hydrorepellency and oleorepellency of the Faber P 147 prevent the spills from seeping into the porous natural stone, preventing stains from setting onto the structure, thus making the cleaning process a breeze. This protection is against a wide range of stains, from the water-based types like alcohol, milk, food stains, fruit punch, latex paint that accidentally spills onto the area, soft drinks, tomato juice, whiskey, the common coffee and tea stains, urine spots caused by pets on the premises, vomit incidences, and even the occasional ice cream that ends up getting dropped onto the floor or pavements; all through to the grease and oil-based stains such as mascara and nail polish that accidentally get dripped onto the floor during the morning rush, ointment, oil paint, gravy, furniture dye, and cooking oil in the kitchen. By preventing these agents from bonding with the natural stone, the Faber P 147 will reduce the workload involved in cleaning them off.
Applicable in wet conditions
The properties of the Faber P 147 make it a top choice for natural stone installations that are exposed to water. This can be for the pavements, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks in the outdoors which are at the mercy of the elements, and you want a treatment that can protect the underlying structure from the rain pouring down on it, areas like saunas and the fountains that are constructed with natural stone, all through to the showers and wash basins in the household. Its applicable over a wide range of materials, ranging from marble-resin, cement-marble, and quartz-resin agglomerates, slate, reconstituted (eco) stone, porphyry, cementina, travertine, concrete, cotto, tuff and granite, all through to limestone, sandstone, basaltina - lava rock, marble, molten basalt, quartzite and terracotta.
Wide application rate
With the Faber P 147, you get to work on a wide area with each unit purchased. A litre of product can be used to treat 15 - 20m ² of surface, depending on the absorbency of the material. This, in addition to the affordable price tag of the product, enables you to meet your establishment's routine maintenance budget without straining the finances. What's more, by warding off stains, it cuts down on the amount of time and resources that are spent on the cleaning program. By preventing the damage such as that would have been caused by water seeping into the structure and freezing during those winter months, which would have resulted in cracking, you also get to save on the associated repair costs.
The Versatility Of The Faber P 147
The formulation is developed to work on natural stone. One of these is limestone. This is a strong material, and with proper care it can even last a lifetime. It is a sedimentary rock whose composition mainly includes calcium carbonate. It's formed when coral, shell and even algae accumulate and fuse together. Most of the limestone that is available is from the marine animals, like mussels, clams, and oysters, which are in warm water, which extracted the calcium carbonate when making their shells and bones. As they die and fall to the sea floor, the material accumulates, eventually building up into limestone. The tiles themselves are available in a wide range of colours and shades, from green, brown and blue, all through to red. The veining of the stone passes through its depth, enhancing that natural beauty. The colour variations and characteristic charm of the limestone has resulted in a high demand for it amongst homeowners and interior designers. During those hot months, the limestone will bring a cooling effect in the household, making the interior more comfortable. The cleaning process is easy, with simply wiping and mopping with mild soap being carried out for the routine care. Occasionally, the limestone surfaces will need to be resealed to protect them from staining and increase the protection of the material- which is where the Faber P 147 comes in.
Marble is used across the board, from countertops, to walls and floors. This metamorphic rock is formed when sedimentary rock is put under intense heat and pressure within the earth's crust, transforming it into a harder stone, complete with its vibrant colours and veined patterns. It has been a popular construction material for centuries, being quarried in hundreds of sites all around the world. From palaces where kings and queens had the installations set up due to the beauty and elegance of the stone, to homes and business premises in today's busy world, the appeal of marble is undeniable. In fact, the aesthetic appeal is core to its popularity, since it instantly accentuates any interior space in which the tiles are installed. What's more, marble stone is available in a wide assortment of colours, giving the property owner flexibility in the design choice that will be set up. The tiles can also be cut into triangles and rectangles of different sizes, setting up unique mosaic installations. Speaking of which, every piece of marble is one of a kind. You won't find another like it anywhere else on the planet. This is due to the natural processes that are involved in its formation. Moreover, with multi-coloured installations and the solid coloured marble, the difference in hue adds to the uniqueness of the setup. You get to bring that natural look and feel of the mountain range into your home's living room, the kitchen working space, and right to the heart of the busy office building and shopping complex. The translucent property of the marble particularly makes it a favourite for artists, since it just slightly allows light to penetrate it. As such, under the right conditions, the statues that they make end up glowing in the sun, especially when light-coloured materials are used. Marble is also easy to polish, allowing you to achieve a silky smooth finish, evoking a sense of glamour in the interior space. Attributes like its heat conduction allows one to set up heating systems within the building, such as radiant coils beneath the floor, bringing a warm and cosy feel during those cold winter nights. Despite its sophistication, marble does have its drawbacks. For starters, acidic substances can easily stain it. The chemical reaction for the different types of sauces, beverages and cleaning products can result in unsightly discolourations. In addition, the stone has a high susceptibility to water damage, due to the porous nature of the material. This means that water and other liquid spills can easily penetrate into the structure. This can be prevented by applying the Faber P 147 sealer after the installation. In order to ensure continued performance, the sealer should be reapplied occasionally- such as once or twice a year.
Do you have travertine tiles on your premises? Perhaps you have installed them in the foyer and hallways, adding a touch of class to the entrance of the office of the commercial space, making a great first impression. You may have bathroom vanity tops installed in your home, which is one of the popular use cases of travertine, accompanied with the same material for the sink. They even go well with the tub surrounds and shower cladding, where they blend in with the bathing fixtures to provide a classic Roman spa look and feel. It's a high-end effect that is difficult to replicate with other materials. When it comes it the living rooms, travertine is not commonly used, but it makes for a superb choice in areas with warmer climates, where one is looking for a hard flooring that is cool underfoot. The same applies to the bedrooms, where having a cool floor on those hot summer months can come in quite handy. Then there are the aesthetic attributes, where bringing that earthy tone to the bedroom results in a calming effect. The wide colour range of the travertine tiles enables one to set the kitchen decor that brings out their personal taste, giving the hub of the home an appealing interior. The resilient nature of the travertine enables it to retain its structural integrity when exposed to the elements, making it one of the top choices for outdoor installations. From the bedecked courtyards, to the outdoor soirees, you can have a superior curb appeal. Driveways that strike an impression on the persons accessing premises, patios and checking areas where the subtle patterns of the travertine can be set up to contrast with the deck furniture, installations on the barbeque areas and outdoor summer kitchens, all through to the pool surrounds- travertine can be used across the board. Speaking of which, the resistance of travertine floors to moisture and water enables them to be installed in areas where mould and mildew growth would have been an issue. Additional treatment with the Faber P 147 sealer enhances this attribute, and also aids in preserving the appeal of the material. Since the stone itself is easy to cut and shape, one can have the installation even those small land uneven spaces. Brown, beige white, rusty, gold and red tones- there is a wide assortment of colour variations to select from, which can be additionally customised by the finish selections.
When it comes to terracotta tiles, they have an earthy look and feel. It is a rustic appearance, which can be both simultaneously rugged and subdued. From the living room floors, enclosed porches, all through to log cabin architecture, terracotta works across the scope. It's mainly used for indoor applications, but treating it with a sealer makes it suitable for the outdoors as well. The mix of red, and brown hues are mainly attributed to the iron deposits in the material, which are present in it. Basically, selected red and brown clays are shaped into the preferred tile design, and then it is fired up in a combustible pit or a kiln. This process makes it hard, allowing it to be used as flooring. That rustic charm is a core reason behind its popularity. Leaving it in its untreated natural state will expose it to damage. Terracotta is highly porous. You don't want water and liquids seeping into its core, causing mould to develop, rot and cracking of the structure, or permanent stains forming. The Faber P 147 comes in to enable you to seal it, protect it from these hazards. This is different from the glazing alternative, which would have resulted in the beautiful earthen hues of the terracotta being hidden under a glass layer. With the Faber P 147, you are able to make the structure to be resistant to staining, while still preserving its natural charm.
Cobble block sealer
In residential setups, cobble blocks are primarily used for the walkways and driveways. For commercial areas, the blocks can be used anywhere from public spaces to the parking areas of shopping centres. From bus stops, streets, and roundabouts, to stairs or sidewalks, the structural strength of the cobble blocks enables them to withstand the weight and pressure from vehicle and foot traffic. In fact, they have been in use for centuries, paving the early streets- and in some areas you can still find them in historical cities that are now tourist attractions. They are usually placed in sand or cement-stabilized sand, and also bound with cement. With increasing traffic loads, plus the higher levels of pressure to withstand in today's busy daily life, proper installation- from the binding to the sealing, is needed to prevent issues like rutting or displacements. The cobble stones are not just another paving option. There are numerous patterns, designs, schemes and colours available. This enables one to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the outdoor space, achieving an impressive styling be it for the home or business premises. With a professionally done installation, it can be a masterful artpiece. The structure also has the ability to withstand days of use, resisting heavy wear and tear. However, this does not mean that you leave it unattended. Routine maintenance will need to be carried out. Applying treatments like the Faber P 147 will keep your installation in optimal shape.
Concrete paving sealer
With concrete pavers in the landscaping, they can make the richly planted yard feel more manicured. From the patio and paths to the driveway, you get to set a defining space that contrasts with the lush lawn, making it pop. The pavers come with their advantageous attributes, being more affordable compared to stone, and even more durable than asphalt. It's a practical choice, and the different colours make it an attractive addition to the landscaping. The modular state of the pavers make the installation process easy, and even the fixing can be carried out as a DIY project. The concrete pavers can be broadly categorized into two: the architectural slabs and interlocking pavers. The former emphasizes on the aesthetics, while the interlocking pavers are more focused on the practicality, and usually have plain shapes. With the concrete pavers, the surface has more grip compared to poured concrete, giving one better traction even on the steep slopes. The structure is also more resilient to prevent cracking caused by ice heaves, and also ward off the invading tree roots. When damaged, one simply needs to remove the affected paver, fix it, and restore it. The pavers can also survive the freezing conditions of winter without crumbling or splitting. However, the pavers will absorb stains. In fact, they are notorious for the oil stains that form on them, which end up requiring an intensive cleaning and degreasing job. Sealers such as the Faber P 147 come in to stave off the staining, and maintain the appeal of the pavers.
How To Use The Faber P 147
You can work with different tools, such as brushes, lambswool applicators, or even rollers. The treatment process is straightforward. Follow these steps:
Apply the Faber P 147 abundantly on the surface, in an even layer. The entire area to be worked on should be covered.
Allow it a couple of minutes (about 5-10) for the product to get absorbed by the stone- but not completely. In order to ensure that you have a uniform a result, you'll need to redistribute the excess product. This is done with the same tool that had been used for the first step.
Let the absorption continue. There are cases where the surface being treated is highly absorbent, in which case the initial application penetrates into the structure without any product being left behind to be redistributed. In this situation, a second layer can be applied after 2 to 3 hours. On the other hand, for the compact surfaces where there is still residue left behind even after the redistribution, this will need to be removed. That's covered in the next section.
Let the treatment dry. This takes 1-2 hours. However, foot traffic should only be allowed onto the treated area after 4-6 hours.
This is vital to prevent grease spots from forming, which would be a dirt magnet, causing the treated surface to get soiled at a fast rate. The residue is removed about half an hour after the initial application. Simply brush the surface with a standard floor polisher, which has a wool-cotton attachment or a white or lambswool disc. You can set it to 175 rpm. This is for the floors. When it comes to removing the residue from the vertical surfaces, or perhaps you're working on a small section, then an orbital or manual wheel will come in handy.
The time taken before removing the residue can be extended to 45 minutes or an hour, in order to ensure that there is optimal bonding with the structure, thus maximising on the stain-proofing attributes of the treatment. This will also serve to increase the intensity of the Faber P 147's colour enhancement properties. The extra time will enable the product to penetrate deeper and bind more strongly with the material.
Extra Tips To Get The Most Out Of The Faber P 147
As is with everything in life, good preparation is key to the success of an activity. When it comes to treating the surface, you want to ensure that it is adequately ready to form a proper bond between the Faber P 147 and the structure. That way you will get years of reliable protection. The surface to be worked on needs to be thoroughly cleaned, ensuring that it is free of any dust, oil and grease, plus other contaminants that are on it.
The surface that you're treating must be dry. Moisture, be it on the surface, or within the joints of the tiles, and those cases where the stone is damp, will cause the sealant to become "milky". This ruins the appearance of the application.
Note that the surfaces that are being worked on should not be overly heated. The surface temperature should be 5 - 40°C.
When working on surfaces which have been recently primed, such as with a water repellent, you should first allow the primer to dry before proceeding to apply the Faber P 147.
It's recommended that you apply the sealant during the drier and warmer times of the day. While it is still possible to seal during the other times, the goal here is to minimise the risk of residual moisture in the stone, and issues that are caused by relative humidity levels in the atmosphere. While on that point, in case you notice that it is about to rain or drizzle, there is fog or mist, you can always postpone the application to later on when the conditions clear up. When treating the outdoor surfaces, this is of particular importance. As long there is a chance of even a brief shower, it's strongly emphasized that you wait. A light drizzle will cause some "milkiness", a shower can result in spots on the stone, while a heavy downpour will outrightly ruin the freshly-sealed surface. A little patience here will save you a lot of frustration.
After treating the surfaces with the Faber P 147, wash the equipment used with white spirit.