Select a surface type below for guidance.

The strongest and most commonly used natural stone. High density and abrasive hardness, frost proof, citric acid resistant, long wearing.

logo-footer GRANITE
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STRIPPING
STAIN REMOVAL
ANTI-SLIP TREATMENT
POLISHED / R155 S234 / P323
P324
R155
P319 P321 R150
R154
R155
R765
HONED / R155 S234 / P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R765
TEXTURED S731 R155
R163
S731
S234
S235
S237
S239
P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
/
COUNTERS
TABLETOPS
POLISHED
/ R155 S234 / / / P319/P321
P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
/
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.), for exterior installations, or on polished surfaces.
Residential Applications: HMK® P323 is not needed for polished surfaces in light traffic areas.
HMK® R163 and R166 are for professional use only.
Tumbled stone and marble not only look beautiful, they are also very hard and durable. To ensure their long-lasting beauty, a Preventive Maintenance Program is needed.

HMK’s Three Step Program allows to properly
(1) Clean the tumbled stone/marble after installation
(2) Protect it against dirt, food, and liquids
(3) Maintain its natural beauty in an easy, safe and economical way

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TUMBLED STONE & MARBLE
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STRIPPING
STAIN REMOVAL
ANTI-SLIP TREATMENT
NATURAL LOOK
EXTERIOR / INTERIOR
S731 R155
R155
S234 S235
S237
P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
OIL & WAX LOOK
INTERIOR
/ R155
R155
S234 P326
P328
P324
P326
R155
P324 / R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
ANTIQUE LOOK
INTERIOR
/ R155
R155
S234 / P324
R155
P324 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.), for exterior installations, or on polished surfaces.
Residential Applications: All three ‘looks’ are applicable, thought the Exterior / Interior looks is the preferred one for commercial installations because of ease of application and ongoing maintenance.
Marble,Limestone, Travertine and Onyx
Even though there are differences among these materials in regard to the “wearability”, i.e. absorption, compressive strength, abrasive hardness, etc., they can still be considered as one for ease of understanding.

Agglomerate and Terrazzo
Agglomerate and Terrazzo can be made of different aggregate chips such as marble, granite, quartz or onyx, in a cementitious or resinous (epoxy, polyester) matrix. Both the aggregate and matrix determine their hardness, durability and absorption. To guarantee their long-lasting beauty, a Preventive Maintenance Program is needed. HMK®’s Three Step Program allows to (1) clean the surface after the installation, (2) protect it against infiltration of dirt, liquids, food, and (3) maintain the natural beauty in an easy, safe and economical way.

logo-footer MARBLE, LIMESTONE, TRAVERTINE, ONYX, AGGLOMERATE, TERRAZZO
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STRIPPING
STAIN REMOVAL
REPOLISHING

+ANTI-SLIP TREATMENT
POLISHED / R155 S234 / P323
P324
R155
P319 P321 R150
R154
R155
P727
R766
HONED S731 R155 S234 S235 P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R766
TEXTURED S731 R155
R155
S731
S234
S235
S237
S239
P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
/
COUNTERS
TABLETOPS
POLISHED
/ R155 S234 / / / P319/P321
P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
P727
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.), for exterior installations, or on polished surfaces.
Residential Applications: The use of HMK® P323 Polish Preserver is optional, since the wear due tp foot abrasion is minimal.
Furthermore, a polished finish should be limited to dry areas only to avoid slipping, and should not be used in kitchens and on counter / vanity tops due to citric acid etching.
This group of natural stone distinguishes itself by:
– A natural cleft, rough surface with slate and quartzite.
– A higher water absorption and lower resistance to abrasion with sandstone, cantera, Indiana Limestone. Both the natural cleft surface and higher absorption make these materials especially prone to staining (even during installation), dirt retention, and wear.

logo-footer SLATE, QUARTZITE, SANDSTONE, CANTERA, INDIANA LIMESTONE
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STAIN REMOVAL STRIPPING
SLATE QUARTZITE
ROUGH
S731
S234
R155
R155
S234 S235
S237
P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
SANDSTONE CANTERA IND. LIMESTONE
ROUGH & SMOOTH
S731
S234
R155
R155
S234
S731
S235
S237
S239
P324
R155
R155 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.) OR for exterior installations.
Residential Applications: For kitchen and counter / vanity top installations HMK S37/S39 Sealers are recommended for the best protection and ease of maintenance.
NOTE: Pre-Treating these natural stones is advisable due to their higher absorption and / or cleft surface.
Ceramic
Both glazed and unglazed ceramic and mosaic tile do absorb water, dirt, and oil, therefore need protection and maintenance. Furthermore, foot traffic will wear the surface and slip accidents may occur, unless a regular care system is incorporated and maintained.

Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile has an extremely low absorption of less than 0.5% (impervious) and dense composition; still, there are concerns regarding dirt and oil, slipperiness, and care of grout joints.

logo-footer CERAMIC & PORCELAIN TILE
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STRIPPING
STAIN REMOVAL
ANTI-SLIP TREATMENT
CERAMIC TILE
GLAZED
/ R155
R159
S234 S235 P324
R155
R159 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R765
CERAMIC TILE
UNGLAZED
S731 R159
R155
S234 S235 P324
R155
R159 P324
R155
R150
R154
R155
R766
PORCELAIN TILE
POLISHED, HONED TEXTURED
/ R161
R155
S234 / P324
R155
P324 P324 R150
R154
R155
R766
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.), for exterior installations, or on Polished/Glazured surfaces.
*HMK® S235 may be applied to semi-vitreous or non-vitreous Glazed and Unglazed ceramic due to their porosity. Please test.
Residential Applications: HMK® R163 and R166 are for professional use only.

Quarry Tile, Concrete
Unglazed Quarry tile is often being used in food preparation and large commercial areas where staining and foot abrasion are of great concern. Concrete will stain readily and loose its color pigments unless properly cared for.

Terra Cotta, Saltillo, Brick Pavers
The water absorption is higher compared to ceramic/porcelain tile and natural stone which means they stain more readily. These materials require drying times of 2-3 weeks or even longer depending on installation and are often susceptible to efflorescence, caused by incorrect cleaners and moisture.

Exterior Applications
Water and moisture are the main factors contributing to the decay of installations. Efflorescence (white deposits on the tile surface), mildew, and algae are also direct results of moisture presence. Tile loosening, spalling, blistering, and grout cracking is due to the wet/dry and freeze/thaw cycles.

logo-footer QUARRY TILE, TERRA COTTA (Terra Cotta, Saltillo, Brick Paver)
CLEANUP PROTECTION MAINTENANCE REFINISHING
PRE-TREATMENT INITIAL CLEANING GROUT FILM REMOVAL IMPREGNATORS Penetrate / Little effect on color *SEALERS
Build Coat
Enhance Color
FLOORS WALLS FURNITURE STAIN REMOVAL STRIPPING
QUARRY TILE
UNGLAZED / GLAZED
/ R155
R155
S234 S235 P324
R155
R155 R155
R165
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
TERRA COTTA
INTERIOR
S232
S234
R155
R165
S232 / P324
P326
R155
R155 R155 R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
TERRA COTTA
EXTERIOR
S232
S234
R155
R155
S232 / P324
R155
R155 R155
R165
R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
TERRA COTTA
RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN / FOOD AREAS
S232
S234
R155
R155
/ P326
P328
P330
P324
P326
R155
R155 R155 R150
R154
R155
R155
R154
*DO NOT use Sealers in wet areas (showers, pool, surrounds, etc.), for exterior installations, or on polished surfaces.
*HMK S235 may be applied to Unglazed Quarry Tile due to its higher porosity. Please test.
Residential Applications: "Kitchen / Food Areas": This recommendation will produce a more protective and visually attractive finish, though has to be performed and periodically cared by a professional.