Do porcelain tiles need to be sealed?

Porcelain is an incredibly versatile material, renowned for its stain resistance and durability.  Unlike natural stone which is routinely sealed, porcelain often doesn’t require any protection – but this isn’t the case for all types of tile. Tiles generally fall into one of two categories – those with a polished or glazed finish, and unpolished or ‘matt’ tiles.  The glossy sheen of…

How to treat efflorescence

Efflorescence is unsightly and can be difficult to remove.  It’s common on brick walls, where it leaves a white, power-like stain or ‘bloom’ on surfaces. It can also rise through grout joints and affect tile installations and patios. More of a process than a reaction, efflorescence is made up of soluble salts and moisture that rise, evaporate and leave a crystalline…

Looking after floors outdoors

Outside areas are becoming increasingly important, yet maintenance regimes for patios, paths and terraces are rarely considered.  But the popularity of seamless inside-to-outside floor finishes – and the new breed of water-based treatments – are slowly changing this.  When the same material is used internally and externally, it doesn’t take long for the two areas to contrast.  This is particularly evident in…

LTP welcomes back an old friend

LTP has welcomed back Emma Lock to its sales team.  Emma, who previously worked for the company for 11 years, will work alongside Mark Atkins, supporting customers and the British-made brand throughout London and the South East Region. Since moving from LTP in spring 2016, Emma has worked with Trade Price Stone, Sarsen Stone Group and, most recently, Devon Stone Ltd.   A…

New ECOPROTEC® Porcelain Tile Protector nominated for TT&S Awards 2020

LTP’s new ECOPROTEC® Porcelain Tile Protector has been short-listed as a Top 20 finalist in Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone Awards 2020.  The annual awards honour the industry’s “game-changing products and services that have had the biggest impact on the industry over the past 12 months”.   The new water-based product is a protective ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment designed for unpolished tiles, including on-trend natural-effect pavers.  It was…

The rise of the Porcelain Paver – and ensuring a great installation

It’s been pretty incredible to see the rise of the porcelain paver this year.  Domestic and contract customers have really embraced these new tiles.  They do bring lots of benefits, in terms of their many practical features; durability and non-absorbency are big pluses outdoors. The new textured finishes also make them a lot more practical.  But, like all new trends, they bring new challenges….

ECOPROTEC® Blackstone turns back the clock at George & Dragon

LTP has helped the George & Dragon restore the paving of its popular south-facing beer garden in Dartmouth. The Kandla Black natural limestone paving – after just three years exposure to the Devon sunlight and weathering – had faded from its original ’black’ / dark grey to an innocuous light grey.  LTP’s ECOPROTEC®Blackstone sealer and restorer was chosen to restore the stone’s dark finish…

LTP partners with Lower Barn Farm at glorious garden festival

LTP recently joined its partner, Lower Barn Farm, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.  As well as offering support and advice to visitors, LTP also supplied ECOPROTEC® treatments for Lower Barn Farm’s Outdoor Living Show Garden – a stunning creation by multi-award winning garden designer, Robert Grimstead.  Set at a 45 degree angle, to create an altered sense of space, the…

New Porcelain Tile Protector joins LTP’s ECOPROTEC® range

LTP has introduced a new eco-friendly ECOPROTEC® protection treatment for unpolished porcelain tiles.  Suitable for use indoors and outside, the new ECOPROTEC® Porcelain Tile Protector is a water-based ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment; it is designed to protect tiles from staining and allow easy removal of residues of cement-based grouts and two-part resin based jointing compounds, as well as stubborn organic matter.   Ideal for…

LTP ECOPROTEC® chosen to protect granite at Salford skyscraper

Cheshire-based natural stone supplier Rockford has recently completed a bespoke installation in Salford’s tallest building – Exchange Court – using Italian Granite protected by LTP’s ECOPROTEC®Natural Finish Stone Sealer.  Over 40 stone slabs were used for the installation, which spans the building’s main atrium, including the foyer, staircases and walls. Developed by Renaker Build Ltd for AQ Investments, Exchange Court is…