Why it is important to protect a mosaic with a sealant or a water repellent?
Mosaics are a pure form of art, they require a precise knowledge, creative inspiration, commitment and talent as well as a huge amount of time.
All of these factors leads to real artworks, unique pieces made also to last centuries. These artworks can be extremely beautiful as well as fragile and delicate.
Many factors can come into play damaging or ruining a mosaic if not properly protected and treated.
The most common are water, moisture, bacteria and algae.
Furthermore nowadays more and more mosaics are crafted and intended for external use, which makes their protection a key-point in order to reach long-lasting properties.
Elements to consider before choosing a product for sealing and waterproofing a mosaic
There are some elements to consider before to choose a product for treating and waterproofing a mosaic.
Mosaic artists select different types of smalti, tiles or glass on purpose, knowing that each material has different properties and gives a different result.
Also the colors of the mosaic tiles, the choice is made to achieve the specific pattern and finishing idea designed by the artist.
For this reason two very important elements to consider before choosing a sealant are:
- Make sure that the product doesn’t change the colors of the mosaic tiles, especially the porous ones.
- Make sure that the product doesn’t create a “pellicula” on the mosaic.
It’s fundamental that the mosaic look remains exactly the same as before the treatment.
How to protect a mosaic – Winkler Skermo Terrazze
Skermo Terrazze is a sealant and water-repellent developed by Winker Waterproofing systems, an italian waterproofing company based in Milan with more than 30 years of experience in the sealing and waterproofing world.
Winkler Skermo Terrazze is an extremely easy to apply product which will protect the mosaic for 10+ years.
Its main features are:
- Ready to use and easy to apply
- Water repellent treatment allow the mosaic for external use
- Deep penetrating properties for a deep protection (not only the surface)
- Protection against salty atmospheres
- Protection against the emerging of efflorescence, algae, bacteria etc.
- 100% solvent-free, no mask needed
- 100% made in Italy
How to treat a mosaic with Winkler Skermo Terrazze – Application
Skermo Terrazze is applied with roller or brush on the whole surface, insisting on the grout lines. Fifteen minutes after the application use a clean cloth to remove the excess of product that has not been absorbed.
Protect the mosaic from water for 18 hours after the application.
Winkler Skermo Terrazze is worldwide used.
This video, made in collaboration with the famous mosaic artist Silvia Jencinella, shows the extremely easy application procedure: