MYTH BUSTER SERIES: “PORCELAIN TILES ARE MAINTENANCE-FREE.”

Porcelain tiles are very durable – and generally far more resistant to stains than a natural surface – but this myth is incorrect. They are not maintenance free.  A good cleaning regime with a suitable detergent is essential.  It will not only maintain a tile’s aesthetic, but also its slip resistance; this is particularly important in areas like hallways, bathrooms and…

HIGH PERFORMANCE SURFACE CARE WITH A CONSCIENCE

LTP’s ECOPROTEC range provides a full suite of sustainable surface care products developed for the contract market and manufactured in the UK.  All treatments benefit from the most advanced research in water-based technology and combine high performance with low odour and low VOC formulations.  The range includes protection and maintenance regimes for natural and engineered floors, including polished and unpolished natural and artificial…

MYTH BUSTER SERIES: “PORCELAIN DOESN’T NEED SEALING.”

Porcelain tiles are prized for their durability.  They’re incredibly robust, resistant to most stains and very easy to look after. But, perhaps surprisingly, some tiles do need to be sealed and others will benefit from barrier protection during installation. As a general rule of thumb, polished porcelain tiles should be sealed and advice should always be sought from the tile retailer/manufacturer.  The…

GETTING A PATIO SUMMER READY

As the nights draw out, now’s the perfect time to get paths and patios ready for summer. From small terrace to lavish, landscaped setting, all will benefit greatly from a deep clean – and using professional treatments will make a real difference over the months ahead. Deep cleaning pavers To properly remove stains and ingrained dirt, we recommend a thorough…

Porcelain patio care – top tips for easy ongoing maintenance

Porcelain pavers have become increasingly popular outdoors. A stunning range of design options has played a part – today’s natural effects are incredibly authentic – but the biggest driver is porcelain’s durability.  Porcelain is renowned for its practical features and this is largely due to its density, which makes it tough and resistant.  A combination of fine particles and high temperature firing…

Myth Buster Series: “Sealing stone outdoors traps in moisture”

Many people believe that applying a sealer to external paving traps moisture in – and this statement is both correct and incorrect. In the case of film-forming products, it is true.  However, in terms of modern impregnators it is false. They do not form a film on the surface but are, instead, absorbed into the open pores.  The carrier, which is either a water…

Stone patio care – top tips for easy ongoing maintenance

Our latest blog includes top tips on cleaning a stone patio – to restore good looks, keep surfaces safe and make ongoing maintenance easier.  A clean sweep Firstly, remove furniture, pots and all other objects.  Sweep to remove leaves, organic growth, dirt and debris, and remove any weeds.  Pay attention to accumulation in grout joints and any hidden areas.  The deep down…

Absolute Stone Care restores magnificent Hancocks’ frontage with LTP

Absolute Stone Care has recently transformed Hancocks Jewellers’ stunning marble shop front, removing historic rust to restore the stonework to its former glory.  Located on Manchester’s King Street, the iconic boutique store was the city’s very first jewellers, founded in 1860.  Various LTP treatments, including two specialist rust removers, were used to renovate the 40-year-old frontage and provide ongoing protection. Hancocks Jewellers’…

Getting a patio winter-ready

Patios have become really important areas, extending property footprints and allowing us to make the most of the great outdoors.  Whatever the size or setting, periodic maintenance will be greatly beneficial – and late summer is an ideal time to get to work.  It will cut down the ‘elbow grease’ required come springtime and will make outdoor spaces more pleasant over the…

LTP launches new ECOPROTEC® sealer for hard landscaping

LTP has introduced a new water-based impregnating sealer for outdoor paving.  ECOPROTEC® External Paving & Stone Sealer is designed to protect all types of natural stone and concrete in outdoor settings.  Like all ECOPROTEC® treatments, it’s designed for the landscape and contract market, and is manufactured in the UK.  Key benefits include high performance and high coverage rates, combined with low odour and low VOC…