DEVELOPED for the contract and landscape markets, LTP’s specialist ECOPROTEC range reportedly includes sustainable surface care products for all types of natural and engineered stone. ‘Treatments are made in the UK and benefit from the most advanced research in water-based technology – combining high performance with low odour and low VOC formulations. The latest new products to join the range include ECOPROTEC External Paving & Stone Sealer, Porcelain Tile Protector and Blackstone.’
The company continues: ‘A new water-based impregnating treatment, ECOPROTEC External Paving & Stone Sealer is designed to protect all types of natural stone and concrete in outdoor settings, including smooth, honed, rough cut and polished surfaces. It’s applied to clean, dry slabs – using a light pressure sprayer, foam-roller or paint brush – and the finish created is natural, breathable, and subtly enhances the colour of the paving. Treatment provides protection against staining and strongly repels water, oil, and grease. When applied before grouting, it also protects against fixing residues and promotes easy cleaning.’
Unlike film-forming or topical sealers which sit on the tile surface, impregnating sealers penetrate, react and line the open pores, says LTP. ‘They create a hydrophobic and oleophobic barrier that helps to prevent deep staining and facilitates future cleaning and aftercare. Once cured, water vapour permeability remains, allowing transition of microscopic droplets of moisture. This helps to keep any rising salts down and allows any residual moisture to escape.’
Developed for use indoors and outside, ECOPROTEC Porcelain Tile Protector is a water-based ‘pre-and-post-grout’ treatment designed for unpolished porcelain. LTP says the solution protects tiles from staining and allows easy removal of residues of cement-based grouts and two-part resin-based jointing compounds, as well as stubborn organic matter.
‘Creating a barrier, without forming a film or altering appearance, it helps improve and increase the working time of grouts and jointing compounds – and greatly reduces the risk of cement and resin staining. It also helps assist with future cleaning and aftercare.’
Outdoor sealer and restorer, ECOPROTEC Blackstone is a water-based impregnator designed for dark natural stone and artificial stone surfaces. Formulated to restore the appearance of faded limestone, marble, slate and concrete, Blackstone is suitable for external hard landscaping. ‘It’s fast and safe to use and the enhanced finish provides protection against the elements and staining, as with any other impregnating sealer,’ says LTP.
‘During application, Blackstone is applied in multiple coats until the desired colour effect is achieved – from grey to ebony. Once dried the sealer is then ‘cut back’ to remove excess, thus ensuring the surface is safe to walk on.’
ECOPROTEC water-based treatments are said to offer equal performance to their spirit-based solvent equivalents. ‘The water or spirit elements within a sealer don’t play a part in the actual protection,’ explained LTP’s Mark Atkins. ‘They just facilitate application and evaporate as the treatment dries.’
Continues LTP: ‘As well as providing a fast, safe, and easy application, the treatments’ water-based formulations also make transportation/shipping and storage easier, and typically provide up to 50% greater coverage than a spirit-based solvent.’
In addition to support provided by LTP’s in-house technical team, the ECOPROTEC Product Selector reportedly offers instant advice on surface care and treatment, for all types of tile and stone. ‘The free online resource – accessed at ecoproductselector.com – identifies the correct treatment according to surface type and symptom, with continuous updates to include the latest tile finishes and related issues. As well as providing support for contractors, installers and end-users, Product Selector is also a valuable retail sales aid and training tool.’
Designed to give an answer within one minute, LTP has modelled its ECOPROTEC Product Selector on ‘user-friendly railway ticket machines. Users select surface type, activity – either cleaning, sealing, aftercare or tooling up – and symptom. They’re then instantly shown the product recommendation. Complementary products can also be displayed and results added to a ‘my choices’ tab. These choices can then be emailed back to the user or customer, for reference later’.
The resource has been deliberately designed in web format, rather than as an APP. As a result, it can be instantly updated without having to issue a complete APP refresh. The resource is also stand-alone, and not connected to any form of online shop, so retailers can be assured potential sales aren’t directed elsewhere. To access the Product Selector, visit ecoproductselector.com.