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Care + Maintenance
Suggested Products

Suggested products for cleaning and maintaining natural stone, porcelain, ceramic and glass tile.

A comprehensive care and maintenance program is just as important as the initial material selection. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll want to be aware of the care and maintenance requirements before you select a material. If you are an architect or designer, you’ll want to know this information prior to specifying  a material. It is strongly recommended that you provide this information to your client. General guidelines for basic care and maintenance may be found here.

FILA
PRW200
FILA
CLEANER
FILA
PS/87
FILA
DETERDECK
FILA
CR10
FILA
FOB
FILA
MP/90
FILA
STONE PLUS
Water-repellent protector to avoid staining from grout residues.
Universal floor cleaner for materials with a honed or polished finish. Degreasing floor cleaner for acid sensitive materials. Also used to remove epoxy residues. Remove oxide residues from the surface of acid-resistant materials.
To clean epoxy residues, particularly in wall applications.
Solvent-based sealant. Solvent-based sealant, particularly for exterior applications. Solvent-based sealant and color enhancer for natural stone.
PRE-GROUTING PROTECTION  
INITIAL CLEANING
NATURAL EFFECT SEALANT
COLOR-ENHANCING SEALANT
STANDARD MAINTENANCE
SPECIAL MAINTENANCE

PRE-GROUTING PROTECTION SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Highly absorbent material that needs to be protected in order to avoid staining from grout residues. FILA PRW200
WATER REPELLENT PROTECTOR
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Designed to protect surfaces from grout residues and staining.
  • Does not affect adhesion between grout and material.
  • It makes cleaning after laying simple.
  • It speeds up drying after initial washing and therefore also the subsequent treatment stages.
  • It does not alter the material’s appearance.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Polished Natural Stone
  • Terracotta
  • Engineered Stone / Agglomerates

PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Shake the can before opening. Make sure the surface is completely free of dust.

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. Apply an even coat using an airless spray pump (a paint brush, a sponge or other applicator may also be used.) Avoid surface pooling and ensure that the product also covers the edges of the laid material.
  3. Allow to cure for 24 hours.
  4. Apply grout, taking care to sponge off excess before its dries completely.

MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Maintain surfaces using a diluted solution of FILA Cleaner.

INITIAL CLEANING
SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Cleaning materials with a honed or polished finish. FILA CLEANER
UNIVERSAL FLOOR CLEANER
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • A gentle detergent for all floors.
  • Safe for pretreated and sensitive surfaces.
  • Essential for after-installation cleaning of acid-sensitive material such as polished natural stone.
  • Cleans without damaging the surface.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile
  • Wood

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. Dilute to 1:30.
  2. Spread with a single-disc professional cleaner with a soft disc (white or beige) or a floor scrubbing brush.
  3. Remove the residue with a vacuum drier or cloths.
  4. Rinse well.

With one liter, approximate coverage (using 1:30 ratio) is 50 m2.

Cleaning acid-sensitive materials. FILA PS/87
DEGREASING FLOOR CLEANER
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Cleans and removes grease.
  • Cleans without damaging the surface.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Removes epoxy grout residues.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to cleaning, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. Dilute to 1:20 and apply to the surface.
  2. Leave on the surface for 5 minutes.
  3. Clean using a single-disk professional cleaner fitted to the most appropriate disk (i.e. brown for terracotta) or with a floor cleaning brush.
  4. Vacuum or wipe up residue.
  5. Rinse area well with clean water.
Cleaning acid-resistant materials such as unpolished Natural Stone, Porcelain or Ceramic Tiles. FILA DETERDECK
ACID DESCALING FLOOR CLEANER
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Removes all grout residues and building-site dirt.
  • Eliminates any saline efflorescence from terracotta.
  • Removes lime deposits from floors, walls and bathroom fixtures.
  • Removes rust stains.
  • Does not alter color or appearance of the surface.
  • Unlike Muriatic acid, does not emit fumes that are harmful to the user or to the environment.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant, only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to cleaning, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. Spread with a single-disc professional cleaner or rag and leave the solution to act for a few minutes.
  2. Clean using a single-disk professional cleaner fitted to the most appropriate disk (i.e. brown for terracotta) or with a floor cleaning brush.
  3. Vacuum or wipe up residue.
  4. Rinse area well with clean water.

Dilution and coverage depends on the material. With one liter:

Natural Stone (1:5-1:10 ratio) – 20/35 m2
Porcelain Tile (1:5 ratio) – 40 m2

According to dilution, FILA Deterdek can be used as either a detergent or a descaler. Deterdek should not be used on glossy or pre-polished marble or acid-sensitive materials.

Cleaning epoxy residues from porcelain, glazed, ceramic tiles and glass mosaics -- especially in wall applications FILA CR10
CLEANER FOR EPOXY RESIDUES
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • High-viscosity liquid detergent for cleaning off residues, stains and streaks of epoxy plaster.
  • Its viscosity makes it easy to apply to vertical surfaces.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant, only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Shake before opening. Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to cleaning, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. Wait at least 24 hours after grouting before cleaning with FILA CR10.
  3. Using a large flat paintbrush, apply FILA CR10 directly to the surface.
  4. Wait 30 minutes.
  5. Rub with an abrasive sponge to remove epoxy residue. A single-brush
  6. machine fitted with the most appropriate disc can be used for floors.
  7. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. For more stubborn residues, repeat the same procedure, allowing the product to sit on the surface for longer than 30 minutes.

NATURAL EFFECT SEALANT
SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Protecting matte, natural stones, agglomerates or materials with a cleft or antiqued finish. FILA FOB
SOLVENT-BASED OIL PROOFING
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Protective basecoat for waxed surfaces with rustic or rough finishes.
  • Does not alter color or appearance of the surface.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Countertops or other areas that may come in contact with food.
  • Natural stones with an antique or matte finish.
  • Agglomerates

PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Prior to sealing, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. For exterior applications: apply a first coat of Hydrorep (for natural stone) or FILA ES/82 (for terracotta) to the dry paving.
  3. Wait at least 24 hours after grouting before applying an even, continuous coat of FILA Fob.
  4. For indoor applications: apply FILA Fob with a large brush. The following day,apply one or two coats of the most suitable protective product (FILA Jet, FILA Matt, FILA Satin, FILA LongLife)

MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Maintain surfaces using a diluted solution of FILA Cleaner.

Protecting polished marble, granite and porcelain tiles, particularly in exterior applications requiring anti-graffiti protection. FILA MP/90
SOLVENT-BASED STAIN PROTECTION FOR NATURAL STONE + POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Stain protection for polished marble, granite and porcelain tile.
  • Anti-graffiti treatment for exterior cladding applications.
  • Does not alter color or appearance of the surface.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Countertops or other areas that may come in contact with food.
  • Polished Marble
  • Polished Granite
  • Polished Porcelain Tile

PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to sealing, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. Using a large flat paintbrush, apply FILA MP/90 to a clean, dry surface.
  3. Wait 24 hours.
  4. When the surface is dry, remove the excess solvent using a single-disc professional cleaner (white or beige disc) or a household polished fitted with felt pads.
  5. Stubborn residues can be removed with a cloth dipped in FILA Solv.

MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Once properly sealed, maintain surfaces using a diluted solution of FILA Cleaner.

COLOR- ENHANCING
SEALANT
SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Protecting interior and exterior applications that require color-enhancing protection. FILA STONEPLUS
SOLVENT-BASED PROTECTIVE ENHANCER FOR NATURAL STONE
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Protects and enhances the original color of natural stone.
  • Penetrates deeply, protecting material from water, oil and dirt.
  • Ideal for windowsills, tops, rosettes and inset decorations.
  • Non-yellowing, UV resistant, provides long-lasting protection.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Interior and exterior applications.
  • Suitable for use on countertops or other areas that may come in contact with food.
  • Polished, Honed and Textured Natural Stone surfaces.

PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Once treated with FILA StonePlus, stone cannot be returned to its original state. Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to sealing, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. Using a large flat paintbrush, apply FILA StonePlus to a clean, dry
  3. surface.
  4. Rub the surface in a circular motion with a sponge or cloth to help with penetration of the product and the removal of any excess.
  5. Wait 8 hours.
  6. For a deeper color, repeat procedure.
  7. Wait 8 hours between each application.

MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Maintain surfaces using a diluted solution of FILA Cleaner.

STANDARD
MAINTENANCE
SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Maintaining surfaces with a honed or polished finish. FILA CLEANER
UNIVERSAL FLOOR CLEANER
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • A gentle detergent for all floors.
  • Safe for pretreated and sensitive surfaces.
  • Essential for after-installation cleaning of acid-sensitive material such as polished natural stone.
  • Cleans without damaging the surface.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile
  • Wood

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

  1. Dilute to 1:30.
  2. Spread with a single-disc professional cleaner with a soft disc (white or beige) or a floor scrubbing brush.
  3. Remove the residue with a vacuum drier or cloths. Rinse well.

With one liter, approximate coverage (using 1:30 ratio) is 50 m2.

SPECIAL
MAINTENANCE
SOLVING FOR: SUGGESTED PRODUCT: PRODUCT DETAILS
Removing wax, epoxy grout residues and stains from porcelain tile. FILA PS/87
STAIN REMOVER, WAX + EPOXY REMOVER FOR PORCELAIN TILE
FEATURES + BENEFITS

  • Cleans and removes grease.
  • Cleans without damaging the surface.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Removes epoxy grout residues.

SUITABLE FOR

  • Natural Stone (acid resistant only)
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile

Note: Always test in a small inconspicuous area to determine ease of use and desired results. Prior to cleaning, make sure the surface is swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS - TO REMOVE STAINS

  1. No dilution necessary.
  2. Pour directly on the stain, allowing the FILA PS/87 to cover the surface of the tile.
  3. Allow to dry completely.
  4. Wash + rinse.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS - TO REMOVE WAX

  1. Dilute to 1:5
  2. Use a paint brush, a sponge or other applicator to apply  FILA PS/87 to a clean dry surface.
  3. Clean the surface with a cloth or an electric floor cleaner. Does not require rinsing.
  4. For very dirty floors dilute to 1:30-1:50 then clean the surface with a cloth and scrubbing brush. Remove dirt and rinse.

-- IMPORTANT NOTE --

Recommendations for the use of cleaning and maintenance products are included on this website as a convenience to the reader. The suggestions regarding product application are a guide in the use of the products and are not a guarantee of their performance. This website and the information provided herein, including any reference to products, is provided “as is”, without any warranty or implied term of any kind. Stone Source specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability relating to the use of the suggested products and shall under no circumstances whatsoever, be liable for damages of any nature resulting from the use of or reliance upon information from this website or the products to which the information refers.

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