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TRAC’s Tiling
Specialist tiling services in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas…

T.R.A.C’s Tiling provides a full range of tiling and under floor heating services to Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties. Fully accredited, qualified tiler and under floor heating specialist, providing a professional, friendly and first class service. All types of tiles, including marble, slate and ceramic fitted to your walls and floors, kitchen, bathroom and conservatory.

Victorian Tiling

Trained in the specialist art of Victorian geometric tile laying. We can also supply Victorian tiles at competitive prices.

Please click here to see examples of our work with Victorian Tiles

T.R.A.C’s Tiling is committed to providing the highest standards of workmanship and is an approved member of “Bedfordshire Borough Council” Trading Standard Scheme.


We are a local and friendly company based out of Clapham Bedfordshire. We provide a comprehensive service in the laying of wall and floor tiles to all areas of your home or business.

TRAC’s is a Trading standard approved company and has also been appointed as an approved fitting company for Elstow Ceramic Tiles.

The type of tiles we can lay range from ordinary ceramic to porcelain, limestone to marble and most other natural stone tiles.

Tracs Tiling Kitchen and Bathroom TilingTRAC’s tiling also  lays electrical undertile heating systems, ply lines wooden floors which helps stop tiles from cracking, lays levelling compound, waterproofs walls and floors for wet rooms and on request can provide a comprehensive advice package for D.I.Y tilers.

No additional work will be carried out without consulting the home or business owner first and only then with their explicit instructions.


Our services at a glance.

  • Wall and floor bathroom tiling.
  • Wall and floor Kitchen tiling.
  • Wall and floor tiling to all areas of the home and business
  • Conservatory floor tiling.
  • All type of natural stone tiling including marble, slate, granite, travertine to name but a few.
  • Ceramic and porcelain tiling.
  • Tanking (water proofing) walls and floors for wet rooms.
  • Levelling floors using levelling compound.
  • Ply boarding floor to help minimise the cracking of tiles.
  • Plastic ply boarding (only 2mm thick) to help minimise the cracking of tiles
  • Laying Victorian geometric floor tiles.
  • Removal of wall and floor tiles.

If the service you require is not listed please contact T.R.A.C’s Tiling

TRAC’s Tiling – Contact us

T.R.A.C’s Tiling

Steve Vallance
91 Knights Avenue
MK41 6DG


Telephone Numbers

Work 01234 219079
Mobile 07979 365210


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The Olde English geometric tile collection has been created with versatility in mind.

Recreate a period look, modernise an old design, or develop a pattern of your own. Olde English tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and an unprecedented range of colours.

Unlike some other geometric tile ranges Olde English tiles are fully vitrified and are therefore extremely hard wearing. The tiles are frost resistant and suitable for both interior and exterior use.



This work was carried out by Tracs Tiling of Clapham Bedford.

If you are interested in a Victorian floor installation.

Please contact the sales team in store.

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5 Gorgeous Ceramic Tile Backsplash Ideas for Every Home

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Ceramic tile backsplashes are incredibly common in kitchens all over the world, and it’s not surprising. Ceramic tiles are durable, cheap, and easy to clean. Kitchens see a lot of action, especially around the sink and stove, and this makes ceramic tiles perfect for the job. But the best thing about ceramic tiles is the sheer number of colours and styles they come in. You can find a ceramic tile backsplash to suit any style, mood, or design ideas you might have. Read on to get some inspiration for your own kitchen backsplash!

The sophisticated look

If you want to create a contemporary look, ceramic tiles can help compliment the rest of your kitchen if you choose neat rectangular tiles in a simple grey colour. Or, if you want to go for something a bit more alternative, you could try getting some textured tiles like the ones in the picture below. This wavy look will make your kitchen stand out and add a more interesting edge to your backsplash.

sophisticated contemporary kitchen backsplash ceramic tiles


Cosy and hearty

Ceramic tiles have been used in kitchens for decades, so it’s easy to go for a look which speaks ‘home comforts’. Going for something like a patterned tile can evoke the kitchens of yester-year and make the room feel cosy and homely. All you’ll need to do is combine it with some brass pots and pans, and you’ll have the makings of a cute, cottage kitchen.


cosy homely patterned kitchen backsplash tiles


Coastal cottage

Sticking with the cottage theme, you could be going for a more costal theme in your kitchen. Sticking to a pale blue backsplash will evoke the sea and also make your kitchen feel bright and airy. Combine it with white cupboards and a few sea-side trinkets and your kitchen will take on that calmness we often associate with the sea.


cottage nautical kitchen backsplash ceramic tile idea



Similar to the cosy look, you may want to go for a very simplistic traditional kitchen look. This can be achieved by having a backsplash made up of white tiles and dark grout. This was a common look in the kitchens of Victorian stately homes, as well as farm house kitchens. It makes a look that’s surprisingly contemporary when combined with the right kitchen fittings.

traditional kitchen backsplash tile ideas




Now one for those who like to do things a bit differently, and stand out from the crowd. The dazzling array of ceramic tiles on the market makes it easy to pick something unique and eye catching. If you’re going for a kitchen which says eclectic and eccentric, you could try some shiny silver tiles or maybe even some glittery ones. Aside from that, tiles with loud colourful patterns will really make your backsplash the centre of attention, rather than something that just melts into the background.

Discontinued ceramic tiles are great for a more unique look, since literally, no one will have them!

unique kitchen backsplash tiles discontinued tiles

We hope this short list has given you a bit of inspiration for your backsplash re-vamp, and convinced you that ceramic tiles really are the best way to go. With the vast choice out there, you’re bound to find a look so suit your kitchen style!

Want some more designs in one of these styles? Let us know which strikes a chord with you and we’ll give you some more designs to inspire your kitchen renovation!

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Ceramic Tile Backsplash Installation: DIY Step by Step Guide

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Are you looking for a unique and beautiful way to design your kitchen or bathroom? Using a ceramic tile backsplash is a great way to add aesthetic to counters and walls using materials that are fully sanitary and easy to clean. Having a strong strip of ceramic tile can also protect the area from water damage caused by sinks or toilets.

Whether you’re redesigning your bathroom or customising your kitchen, it’s possible to install a ceramic tile backsplash in a few simple steps without the need for calling a professional.

Things You Might Need

  • A tile cutter
  • A tile nipper
  • Measuring tape
  • Painter’s tape
  • Utility knife

Step One: Examining Your Space

You’ll need to figure out where you’re going to install the tile, how much of the wall it will cover, and how much of the overall space it’s going to fill. This will help you determine how many materials you need to buy.

Measure everything with a tape measure and write down the dimensions of the whole counter space and wall. This will also play a role in the type of tile pattern you choose. If you’re not covering the whole space, you’ll need to draw a centerline with a straight edge to help align your tile strip.

Step Two: Choosing a Design and Colour

Depending on where you go shopping, you’ll likely have a large variety of tile colours and designs to choose from. Aside from the actual pigment on the tile, there are also different sorts of textures and patterns that you can use based on your personal preference.

You’re going to be looking at the tile on a daily basis, so it’s important to consider the design before installation.

mosaic and splashback tiles

Step Three: Preparing for Installation

Once you have all of your materials and measurements, it’s a good idea to lay out the tiles to see what they look like when fitted together before actually installing them. Make sure your countertop is completely free of items and fully cleaned, sanitised, and dried.

Protect the edges of your counter with painter’s tape and make sure to turn off all electrical outputs in the area. Your wall should have no holes or gaps; if so, clean the wall more thoroughly and use a sander if needed.

Step Four: Applying the Base and Installing the Tiles

Create your mortar mixture as explained by the instructions. Using a trowel, spread the mortar evenly as possible and comb in one direct to ensure the tiles will be even. Apply the tiles as you go. You may need to cut some of the tiles with a utility knife to work around outlets.

Step Five: Drying and Sealing

After the tile sits and dries for at least 30 minutes, you’ll need to seal it with grout sealer and clean the tile. In another day or so, add the grout to the tile. Grouting an important process because it ensures that all the spaces between the tiles are filled, so consider investing in a higher quality grout mixture.

Step Six: Enjoy the Benefits

Installing tile backsplash yourself is a great way to save money and add style and function to any kitchen or bathroom. Consider installing a custom backsplash for your next DIY project! For a more visual representation of how to install your own blacksplash, check out this super helpful video!

We hope you found this information useful – let us know via our Twitter or Facebook what you’d like to learn more about, or what you found most interesting!


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3 Easy Ways to Clean Grout from your Tiles

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We use tiles in various areas of the home, such as the kitchen or bathroom. In rooms such as these, tiles are ideal for walls and floors, as they are hardwearing, easy to clean and maintain, and offer protection in rooms where there is a lot of moisture. In order to make sure your tiling looks good, you need to make sure that they are properly fitted and that the gaps between the tiles are filled in with grout.

You can buy grout in powder form or in a pre-mixed form with a choice of colours available. When it comes to your tiling, you need to familiarise yourself with how to clean your grouting as well as how to re-grout or remove grout from your tiles.

pearl and clean tiles

Tips that can help

There are a number of tips that can help you when it comes to cleaning grouting, re-grouting and removing grouting from tiles. This includes:

Cleaning grouting:

You need to ensure you keep the grout between your tiles clean, as otherwise it can harbour bacteria, start to wear more quickly, develop mildew and mould, and look generally unappealing. Cleaning grouting is a pretty simple process. You have two options – you can buy a ready-made grout cleaning solution, or you can use a home-made one. This includes using a solution made from 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent warm water. All you need to do is use a spray bottle to spray your cleaning solution onto the grouting between your tiles. If you are using a homemade solution, you can over the grouting with a paste made from baking soda and water first before spraying on the solution. Once you have sprayed the cleaning solution on, leave it for five minutes. All you need to do then is use a stiff brush to scrub the grout lines – a toothbrush is ideal for this. You can then rinse down with warm water, and the job is done.


There may be a number of reasons why you need to re-grout between tiles. This includes changing the colour of the grout, replacing damaged grout, or replacing stained/mouldy grout. The task at hand is a pretty simple one with the right tools – some DIY retailers sell re-grouting kits that contain all the tools you need to re-grout quickly and efficiently. In order to re-grout, you first need to remove the old group. You can do this with a specialist grout rake, which can save you a lot of time and effort. Remove the old grout to a minimum depth of 2mm otherwise the new grout may not stay in the joints.

Once you have removed the grout, use a stiff nylon brush to get rid of any loose grout and debris from between the joint. You will then be ready to apply the new grout. You simply apply the grout using a grout application tool or even a damp decorator’s sponge. Spread it around so that the joints are completed filled. Of course, this will leave grout marks and residue on the tiles, but you don’t need to worry as they can be cleaned with ease. You then simply wait for the grout to harden.

Removing grout from your tiles:

When you apply grout between your tiles, it is inevitable that some level of mess will be left behind on your tiles. Cleaning grout from your tiles is simple. Proving you don’t wait too long, you can simply use a clean, damp sponge to wipe it away. Once the tiles have dried off, you will notice a residue forming, and in order to address this, you simply need to rinse out the sponge and wipe the tiles over again. You may need to repeat this several times to get rid of the grout residue altogether.

If you’re looking for visual help, have a watch of this super helpful video showing their technique of cleaning out grout from tiles.

We hope you found this information useful – let us know via Facebook or Twitter what you’d like to learn more about, or what you found most interesting!

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Ceramic Tiles Inspired by Chocolate

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What better way to decorate your floor than with everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure? Spanish designed Alberto Sánchez has come out with his latest ceramic tile design which is based on chocolate.

They’re called ONZA tiles and they’re made by the design studio MUT. The tiles consist of three ceramic pieces with invisible joints, so there are loads of ways to configure them. This means you can make completely unique floor patterns that suit your style and available space.

chocolate tiles


The Tile Flavours

There are three different designs in total – dark chocolate, white chocolate, and milk – and we’ve put a picture of each kind below for you to drool over.

dark chocolate ceramic tileswhite chocolate ceramic tilesmilk chocolate ceramic tiles


The Tile Benefits

The main benefit of this design is the freedom it provides you. You can arrange the tiles in any way you want and truly personalise your floor. You can simply repeat the same tiles for a uniform look, or you can mix it up and create a more playful design.

The tiles’ minimalist design means they’ll go great with any minimalist rooms you may have in your house. But it also means they can add a subtle sophisticated element to a busier room, so the room won’t feel overcrowded, or like different parts of the room are competing with one another.

white chocolate ceramic tiles

The tiles come in three colours – their official names being grey, terracotta, and white – so they’ll fit in with whatever style you’re trying to achieve. The white is perfect for achieving a clean and simple look, whereas the grey adds an air of sophistication. The terracotta, on the other hand, harkens back to the tiles on traditional Spanish houses.

But don’t just take our word for it, below are some others in the industry curious with MUT Design’s latest tiles.


The Tile Designer

MUT is a Valencia based design studio who specialise in minimalist furniture and decorations. Founded by Alberto Sánchez in 2010, its main aim is to redefine everyday objects based on the principles of emotive design.

One of their previous tile designs, called SCALES, is a great representation of their vision. The aim was to imitate the vibrating movement of fish scales. Each tile was white with coloured edges, so when placed together they create an amazing iridescent effect. The picture below shows exactly what we mean.

scale tiles coloured edges


This meant that what could have been an otherwise plain and uninspiring design – ie. just plain white – was turned into something pretty unique, and certainly visually interesting.

Let us know what you think about some of these quirkier designs: would they fit in your home? Or are you more traditional in your style? Don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter – I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear about walls made of chocolate?


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Victorian and Mosaic Floor Tiles – what makes the style?

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Victorian and Mosaic Floor Tiles – what makes the style?

Choosing between Victorian and modern mosaic floor tiles is a tough decision. When you are faced with such a situation you need to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the styles, so that you can choose the one which suits your needs and preferences best. The final decision you take will be based on your aesthetic sense and the creativity of your interior designer. Today we’ve put together this Strengths and Weaknesses Guide to Victorian vs. Mosaic Tiles to help you be aware of the unique characteristics of both patterns.
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Hand Painted Tiles

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You name it. We’ll have it painted for you


Word-perfect walls, now available in a stylish new range of colours! Featuring a new, more modern font on a beautiful crackle glazed tile, pick your perfect phrases and words and make your home décor unique to you.

N.B. Set photography images are from the same range but may not be the same colour or size.

Please note, Elstow Ceramics, refuse to print any word they deem offensive.


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Available to order now from our Bedford Showroom

Only £160.00 each





























 Odyssey range of glass tiles, we are proud to introduce the NEW Odyssey Splashback collection.

Ideal for creating a flawless backdrop to basins, hobs and work surfaces, the Odyssey glass Splashbacks range offers the same five stella colours but in a 600 x 750mm format.

The precision-engineered design means every Splashback is toughened, easy to clean and has no grout lines.

The Odyssey Splashbacks are created to compliment the 600 x 300mm and 50 x 50mm tile ranges, and work wonders as part of a completely tiled wall, or makes an equally stylish statement as a stand alone accessory.

Odyssey – send your interiors into orbit.


Tile Material: Glass Tile Finish: 3D effect Tile Suitability: Indoor Sold By: Tile Tile Type: Wall Suitable Rooms: Bathroom, Kitchen.

Order yours, today.


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DEVI, we believe that heating control should

offer both installers and end-users optimum ease

of use and total reliability. Which is why we have

introduced the very first touch-screen electric

heating timer.


Continuously improving

our products and solutions

We designed the new DEVIreg™ Touch in consultation

with you and your customers. Based on what

you told us you wanted, we have created the most

stylish and – above all – effective heating control

system on the market.

A touch of the future

With its back-lit, 2” touch screen, the new DEVIreg™

Touch controller brings the very latest in convenience

to every home. As intuitive and easy to

use as the latest smartphones, it provides a simple

touch screen that you and your customers will

instantly love using.

Electric heating regulation has never been easier.

Or looked better. Find out for yourself!

The DEVI team


DEVIreg™ Touch

• The smartest, coolest-looking controller on

the market

• Complements even the most chic designer interiors

• Ensures perfect comfort, exactly when it’s needed

• Saves energy and reduces heating costs

• Unique 5 year warranty

… and all controlled from a simple touch screen!



Try it right

away. It’s

an amazing


Seeing really is believing

That is why we made a virtual version of DEVIreg™

Touch. It’s a 1:1 copy of the actual product software,

so you will be experiencing the real thing

straight away! Available from the App Store and

Android Market, you can download the DEVIreg™

Touch application right now and start finding out

for yourself how intuitive it is to program.

Your mobile has to be connected to the internet

for the download but, once that’s done, you can

use it anywhere, any time, without being online.

Scan the code and try it right now

If you don’t want to download the App now, you

can also scan the QR code. You will then be connected

to the virtual DEVIreg™ Touch so that you

can try it for yourself, straight away. You can also

bookmark it for another trail later on. You can use it

as many times as you want, but you must be online

when you do.

Showing really is selling

Apart from helping you to quickly learn how easy

it is to set up, program and use the controller, the

virtual DEVIreg™ Touch is also the ideal tool for

showing your customers how it works – and once

they know, they’ll want one for sure.

The built-in set-up wizard guides you effortlessly

through each stage, including ensuring the correct

floor temperature to avoid damage to expensive or

sensitive floor coverings. So you can actually show

your customers how their system

will be set up and just how easy it

is to make adjustments – all at the

touch of a smartphone.



Go to the


And become

the expert.

You’ll be using your new tool in minutes …

Visit the DEVIreg™ Touch website and you can begin

exploring the key features as well as learning how

easy it is to set up and adjust the new device.

We are sure that you will be confident using the

DEVIreg™ Touch in less time than it takes to read this

brochure. The website also allows you to download

the virtual DEVIreg™ Touch tool to your own PC or

laptop. And we have included product documentation,

information about our warranty and plenty

of other useful facts to help you really get to know

this amazing new product.



Fast and



ast and accurate set-up

The built-in set-up wizard guides you effortlessly

through the process. We made it very intuitive and

easy for you. Simply entering a few easy details like

room type, floor surface and installed output will

ensure perfect comfort while protecting valuable

or sensitive floor surfaces. Job done. First time.

Multiple set-up via code

A unique feature of the DEVIreg™ Touch is the

code system. When you set up the controller, you

automatically generate a code. This code can then

be used to program similar set-ups, or to provide

remote service to your customers in case they need

your help.

Easy trouble-shooting

In case any of the settings become corrupted –

for example because your customer has changed

something incorrectly, re-establishing the DEVIreg™

Touch to its original settings is easy. Simply use

the built-in code system to do a remote re-setup.

All you have to do is generate a set-up code via

the virtual DEVIreg™ Touch or the web site, and

give it to your customer. The device is so easy to

use that your customers will be confident doing it

themselves, saving you expensive call backs and

site visits.


When turning on the DEVIreg™ Touch for the first

time, the set-up wizard will guide you through a

series of simple, non-technical questions about

the system you are installing. When you have

finished entering the appropriate values, the system

automatically generates a “set-up” code that

you can use for even faster commissioning of similar

systems or for remote service.



Place or




One controller is all you will ever need

With the DEVIreg™ Touch in your vehicle, you will

be equipped to tackle virtually any job that comes

your way. Because it is compatible with a wide

range of different frames and sensors, you can even

effortlessly integrate DEVIreg™ Touch into existing

systems – cost effectively and with a minimum


Flexible and theft resistant

The specially designed 2-part construction means

that fitting is as easy as clicking on and clicking

off. DEVIreg™ Touch is ideal for 2-step installation,

removing the risk of stolen thermostats that need

to be replaced at your expense. Furthermore you

are free to choose whether the controller comes

with or without a frame. This saves throwing away

a frame that you no longer need.

Complete peace of mind

DEVIreg™ Touch is the first product of this kind

ever to offer a 5 year warranty. In the unlikely

event that the unit does fail, we will send a replacement

to the address you specify within 48 hours*.

Simply contact us via the website and we will send a

replacement to you direct – without you needing

to contact your wholesaler or other third party.

Order yours, from

Elstow Ceramics, Today.




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The Seal Guard Range

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Seal Guard – Sealing Range




Is Seal-Guard® a silicone-based product?

No! Seal-Guard® does not contain silicones. The Gold Label and Porcelain Impregnators are

resin based products. Silicon based sealants will not prevent oil based stains and need to be

applied annually.

Is it better to seal stone tiles before or after grouting?

You can use Seal-Guard® prior to grouting as a grout release and after grouting to complete

the sealing process. One coat  prior to grouting facilitates easier clean up of grout and prevents

grout stains on the tiles. After tiles are laid and grouting is finished, an additional application of

Seal-Guard® should be done as per container instructions on the tiles and grout lines.

How long does the product last?

A lifetime on vertical surfaces. On floors, etc, it will last for years. However, on heavy walkway

areas or heavily used areas such as shower recesses, the areas should be checked every couple of

years  and re-sealed if necessary.

What are the general step-by-step instructions on how to use the product?

First you always start with a thoroughly clean surface, ensure that

the surface is free from dust and dirt.   Apply the first coat & when dry,

usually around 20 minutes apply the second coat.  A lambs-wool applicator or buffing

pad is best to use depending upon the size of the area.

What is the best method for application?

You can apply the product with a lamb’s wool applicator, paint brush,

roller, mop, pump- up sprayer, etc. Whatever suits you best!

Never pour straight onto the stone.

How do the products work? What do they do?

Our unique sealers are impregnators that penetrate through the surface of tiles and grout to

help stop penetration by oil and water-based stains. They also help stop soiling.

The impregnators are not coatings, so there is no film or membrane on the surface of the

tiles or grout. Therefore, the impregnators will not scratch, peel or flake off.  Being an

advanced Fluorocarbon formula they can be used on all types of stone.

There are many sealants on the market today, however none offer the

same coverage or longevity. This coupled with superior stain and

soiling protection make Seal-Guard the Sealant of choice throughout

the world.


What do I clean my brushes with?

When using the Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator, or the Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain,

clean your brushes with turps followed with warm, soapy water.

What is the difference between the Seal-Guard® Gold Label Impregnator and

Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain sealers?

The Seal-Guard® Gold Label has a quicker drying time; Seal-Guard® Impregnator for Porcelain has

a slower drying time, and is more suitable for less porous  or highly polished stone like Granite. Need more information?

Will your products change the look of my tiles, colour, and texture or give them

a wet-look finish?

No. Our products dry invisible and will not change the appearance or texture of the tiles.

After the sealer has been put down, what cleaning products can I use for everyday


Use non-acidic cleaners, or a light cleaner like washing up liquid or just plain water. Use a damp

mop or cloth. There is no need to use harsh detergents, or cleaners containing chlorine or

abrasive material.


DIRECTIONS:  Use as is. Test in obscure area to determine suitability for the intended use.

Surface should be clean, dry and free from any waxes, coatings or finishes. Protect any painted

or stained surface adjacent to application area.  Apply to surface in a thin, even coat with a

pump, airless sprayer, brush, mop or roller. One coat is normally sufficient, but a second

application is recommended on more porous surfaces or heavy walkway areas to ensure

complete coverage. Allow twenty minutes between coats. With some highly polished

surfaces, such as granite or marble, an initial coat, followed by a light coat, is recommended.

Before the second coat is dry, buff with a clean cloth. Drying time on a treated surface is

approximately twenty minutes, but for optimum results, the treated area should `be kept dry

and free from soils for at least 24 hours.

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