FAQ – Polybind Clean

What makes the Natural Look Sealer your best sealer?

We use Fluorochemical products in the Natural look. It is a costlier product but unlike Siloxanes that breakdown with UV after 1 year our Polybind Natural Look is a Fluorochemical product and will last 10 years.

Will the Efflorescence cleaner hurt a swimming pool?

No, but it will affect the PH balance but otherwise it will not damage the pool.
This is not to say to pour efflorescence cleaner into a pool.

What is the shelf life of the sealers & cleaners?

12 – 18 months. If stored in a cool area out of the direct sun.

Can the Natural Look Sealer be used indoors?

Yes it can. Our Natural Look water-based sealers can be used indoors. It should only be used on concrete or natural stone – not for use on ceramic or porcelain tiles. We do not recommend our solvent based sealers for in door use.

What can be used to clean fruit & leaf/flower stains from pavers/stone?

Polybind Shampoo

What will clean cement stains from pavers?

Polybind Efflorescence cleaner.
Note: cement is a difficult stain to remove and require several applications and there is the possibility that it will not totally come off do a test area.

Can the Resealer be used over a competitor’s product?

Yes it can, if the competitors product is solvent based. Polybind Resealer can be used over any Polybind sealers, except the Natural Look. It is always recommended to test it first in an inconspicuous place, to be sure that there are no issues. Note: A solvent sealer can be used on top of another solvent or water-based sealer. However, a water-based sealer can never be used over a solvent based. If doing a solvent based Resealer over one of the Polybind Eco sealers, the existing Eco sealer must be intact no bare spots otherwise there will be a difference in the finished look. For resealing we recommend our resealer again always do a small test area first.

Can efflorescence cleaner be used on a sealed surface prior to re-sealing?

Yes it can. It is always necessary to use efflorescence cleaner as it preps the surface much like a primer (cleaner), to ensure a good bond of the new to be applied sealer.

Note: Be sure to follow the directions on the container and rinse the product thoroughly.

Please note: Efflorescence cleaner will not penetrate a sealed surface, to remove any efflorescence that may be trapped under the sealer.

Is pressure washing the area before sealing – good enough?

No, we always recommend using our Flexlock efflorescence cleaner, this preps the surface assuring a good bond for the sealer. If the area is only pressure washed you are likely to have visible marks and possibly other problems such as the sealer flaking or pealing.

What is the life expectancy of the sealers? Water based / Solvent based?

This depends on many factors, but normally sealers last 2 to 5 years – except for our Natural Look product – it is guaranteed 10 years.
• Natural Look –is the longest lasting – life expectancy 10 years.
• Satin Look and Wet Look are Solvent normally the finish lasts – 3 to 5 years.
• Eco Seal water based normally lasts the finish lasts 2-3 years.
• The environment dictates the amount of time that the finish lasts.
• Please note: There is no guarantee, after the containers have been opened and the sealer has been stored.

Can Efflorescence cleaner be used on wet cast?

Yes it can, but as with any product, always do a test area first. Refer to the paver manufacture to ensure they approve using efflorescence cleaner.

Will the cleaners remove the sealer?

It depends on which cleaner and which sealer, always read the instructions and always test in a small inconspicuous area first, to be sure before continuing. There is a potential for damaging the sealer, in particular when using the rust remover or the paint and tar remover, it will dissolve the sealer.

The cleaner is not removing my stain, how many times can I go over the same spot?

First make sure you use the appropriate cleaner for the stain. If the stain has been there for some time or has deeply penetrated the surface – several applications may be required – Not all stains can be fully removed. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove and relocate the paver.

Is the efflorescence cleaner harmful to my pets?

Efflorescence cleaner – is a strong chemical cleaner, pets should defiantly not drink it or walk in it while wet.

Can the wet look sealer be used on stamped concrete?

The answer is not clear-cut – stamped concrete is a specialized process and usually the contractors use a solvent based sealer, our recommendation would be to do a test area first using our Resealer.

Can I seal Wet cast pavers?

Yes, and the ultimate products would be; Ultra Series sealant for Wet cast concrete products to enhance color or always Ultra Series Natural finish with zero sheen that will not enhance the color but protect your surfaces from oil, grease and other stains.

How many coats of sealer should be used?

We only recommend one coat.

What is the difference between the solvent-based and water-based sealers – and which one lasts longer?

Generally solvent-based sealers tend to be harder and more durable, in terms of glossy finishes, meaning that the shine will generally last longer.
Note: Our Natural Look sealer, which is water based, has no shine, but actually protects the longest 10 years. This is a new and unique non-film forming formula.

Can I use the sealers on walls?

We only recommend a highly breathable sealer on walls, like our Natural Look sealer. Walls are more porous (less dense) than pavers; hence you want a breathable sealer as opposed to a film forming.

What can I use to remove the milky spots (haze)?

If it resembles spilt milk, this is over application of sealer. The remedy depends on if the sealer is solvent or water based. For Solvent based use Gatorene, always do a small test area. Water based sealers do not respond well to cleaning with a solvent and will require a number of applications of solvent and vigorous scrubbing with a stiff nylon brush or a soft brass brush – again always test your procedure in a small inconspicuous spot. Bad areas may even require removing (stripping) the sealer, if so use Gator sealer Stripper.

What is causing the milky blotchy spots in some areas after using a sealer?

There are several possibilities that can cause whiteness-
• Trapped moisture.
• Too thick a layer of sealer, or multiple layers of sealer.
• Surface was too hot when applied.
• Surface was not clean at time of sealing.
• Or a combination of the above.

How often can a sealer be applied?

1) The Polybind Natural Look sealer is very long lasting guaranteed for 10 years.

2) Normally a sealer is reapplied in 2 to 5 years, depending if it has visibly worn. When reapplying a sealer, it is recommended to use Polybind resealer, particularly for an existing solvent-based sealer. Polybind resealer can be used over Polybind solvent based or Polybind water-based sealers, provided the existing sealer surface does not have bare spots, or is not flaking. However, if doing so the project now becomes a solvent sealed job. Always clean the surface with Polybind Efflorescence cleaner prior sealing (or resealing) this ensures a clean surface and a good bond for the sealer. Never apply a Water-based sealer over a solvent-based sealer. If resealing a job previously done with Polybind water-based sealers, if there is no apparent finish left the area can be cleaned with Polybind efflorescence Cleaner allowed to dry and reapply the desired finish Polybind water-based sealer.

Will the sealer affect the color of the paver / stone?

The Natural look sealer and Flexlock Eco Zero gloss sealant will intensify color by approximately 5%.

The Flexlock Eco Semi Gloss Sealant and Eco Maxi Gloss Sealant will not affect the color, but will add a clear gloss.

The Satin-look Flexlock sealer: will accentuate and intensify the colors, add a little gloss.

The Wet look Flexlock sealant: will accentuate and intensify colors, higher gloss.

How long should you have to wait before walking or driving on it?

We recommend waiting 24 hours.

Can a sealer be applied immediately after applying the polymeric sand?

1) Wait a minimum of 48 hours for the polymeric sand to dry and harden.

2) Always use Flexlock efflorescence cleaner after the Flexlock polymeric sand is dry and before sealing.

3) Allow pavers to thoroughly dry after cleaning before sealing.

Note: Pavers and stone surfaces must be cool to the touch when the sealer is applied (between 60℉ (16℃) and 85℉(30℃)).

How do I remove white haze?

A white haze can be removed with efflorescence cleaner or a hot pressure washer. Alliance Gator products do not contain any Portland cement, so any hazing is easily removed and will weather away naturally with time and rain.

The efflorescence cleaner turned my grass yellow?

The discoloration is not permanent. It is recommended to water the affected area.

The degreaser is not removing my oil stain?

If the grease stain has been existent for a long period of time, the grease will have thoroughly penetrated the paver pores, making its removal more difficult.

Why wait 60 days to apply efflorescence cleaner?

It is difficult to determine the quantity of efflorescence in a paver. Therefore, it best to let the pavers breathe and partake in their natural bleeding process before applying an efflorescence cleaner.

Are the cleaning products harmful to vegetation?

They are not harmful; however, one must keep in mind that an undiluted concentration and repeated application on vegetation can be harmful.

When can I use efflorescence cleaner?

60 days after pavers are installed.

Can I use efflorescence cleaner on wet cast?

It is not recommended. One must confirm with the manufacturer of the wet cast product if efflorescence cleaner is applicable.