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  • Free Santa near Dublin!

    Santa is making his yearly track around the world, we are delighted to announce that he is stopping off near Dublin at Outdoor Living at Kilquade, we believe the reason is because he loves Kilquade, he is not charging a call out fee, what a swell guy this Santa truly is! They say the best things in life are for free, free Santa, and only 30 minutes from Dublin city, why not visit Outdoor Living at Kilquade, which is located near Greystones, Opening hours for Santa, 8th,9th, 15th,16th,22nd and 23rd of December

    Free Santa Dublin Free Santa Dublin

    Saturday, 1 to 3 o’clock

    Sunday, 1 to 3 o’clock

    You can experience the joys of Christmas at our extensive garden centre, were you can also visit the National Garden Exhibition Gardens on site, the excellent and popular Beech Tree Cafe, which just serves good food. Products available at the centre include bean bags, plants, garden furniture (Irelands biggest display), conservatory furniture, artificial grass and lots of other gift ideas. If you have any questions in relation to the Santa, please call 01 2819890.

    How to find us?

    If your based near Dublin, the best way to find us is to get on the M50 which eventually turns into N11, we are just after exit 11 on the N11, see map details below.

    Directions to free Santa Directions to free Santa



    paving stain proof original

    above:  A gallon of Stain-Proof Original, a product of Dry-Treat Sealers

    Stain Proof is made to be available to provide a high quality protection against damaging weather, water elements, salts, and most especially from oil-based stains towards the natural stones, concrete, grout and more than ever, the pavers.  These stuffs are always exposed to different destroying elements, as stated previously.  Using the stain proof original, you are making your natural stone, concrete, gout and pavers more durable and hard wearing.  Also, this can be applicable to terracotta tiles, sand stones, limestone, cast stone and bricks.  Maintenance would not be a problem at all since stain proof original makes it lighter for you to clean and tidying it up.  This is also a proven and tested product that keeps your paving and the like to always new to look at, therefore, prevents it from ageing.

    Usually, stain proof original is widely used in the visible surfaces of the building, walls, floors, garages, kitchens, patios, swimming pool, and entertaining spaces.  This will help a lot in making it more vibrant and shiny to look at.


    • Keeps away stains
    • Makes the area low maintaining, because stain proof original causes the cleaning simple and trouble free
    • Doesn’t make the area cloudy and hazy in appearance
    • Maintains its beauty
    • Recommended to be used interiorly or exteriorly
    • Minimizes water absorption and it lessens the growth of mosses
    • An extremely good chloride ion salt screen which makes it ideal for pool and marine areas
    • It has been made to have a breathable sealer so it is not capable of subsurface moisture build-up; it is a water vapour permeable product (stain proof allows it to dry up)
    • Stain proof protects against weathering and prevents it to become wearisome
    • An alkali resistant product
    • Stain proof original will help your pavers to be sturdy enough and unbreakable when it is placed together with cement based materials
    • Serves as a cover for any visible cracks (up to 0.33 mm or 0.012 inches)
    • Stain proof Original does not produce flakes or chip off and does not peel

    Warranty given to every product is 15-YEAR PERFORMANCE WARRANTY.  It is suggested when product is applied by an Accredited Applicator and the written instructions are being strictly observed and the surface area is maintained regularly using the system’s written maintenance which can be read from the warranty document. To lessen absorption, any spills must be cleaned up right away.

    Entire application rate includes an approximate volume of one litre in every two to 25 sq. metres (20 to 250 sq. feet in every quart) and it also depends mainly on the absorption.


    • Give a 24 hour time to observe how the stain proof original works on a small surface area first.  To know if the desired outcome is met.
    • The areas to be treated must be dry enough and tidy enough, and avoid any residues.
    • The stain proof original product is being applied without thinning.
    • A low pressure hand-spray or a clean brush can be used in applying the stain proof, put an ample amount on the areas you planned to put it into.  In 3 to 5 second time, the desired look must be a mirror like and having wet look appearance.  Contact should be prohibited on the areas treated.
    • As early as 10 seconds from the time you have applied the product, as it becomes dry to look and touch, when the stain proof has been readily absorbed, use  a clean dry cloth in order to remove any excess stain proof product.  If the product has been very dried up and it is very difficult for you to remove the excess, you may moist a clean cloth with the stain proof original for polishing to be easier.
    • Using an organic solvent for cleaning the equipment like that of a methylated spirit can be helpful.  After it is being treated, it is food contact safe.
    • Stain proof original product does not avoid your pavers from any cuts or any marks at all, and it may lighten or darken some surface areas but it makes the cleaning easier and convenient.


    • By the use of a low pressured hand spray, it is more advisable if you are applying the stain proof original product on a textured or rough surface area.


    • It should not be taken by mouth or internally
    • The best time to apply the stain proof original product is when the surface temperature is around 5 – 35 ºC (40 – 95 ºF)
    • In about 6 hours after application of the stain proof product, moisture contact must be strictly avoided
    • Avoid over spraying on the surrounding areas
    • Treated areas must be held off from any plants, water, soil or drains to avoid any spills from it which could hinder the desired effect of the stain proof treatment
    • It must be used only in well-ventilated areas
    • If in case ventilation is a problem, you may use a positive pressure respirator to help
    • Protect yourself when applying the stain proof product.  Solvent resistant gloves, any protective clothing, organic vapour respirator and safety goggles are advised to be used for the applicant’s safety.
    • You must prevent from applying it on windy conditions
    • Hand washing is very important after the application

    50 per cent active content in alcohol

    One Quart (with 946 mL)
    1 Gallon (with 3.79 L)
    5 Gallons (with 18.9 L) containers


  • Tips on How To Lay Down Travertine Pavers

    travertine terracota paver

    above:  A Terracota Travertine Pavement

    Travertine is a limestone used as facing, a hard white or light-colored limestone precipitated in hot springs and caves which is usually used as a facing material in a building.  In general, travertine pavers are the most popular pavers since it can easily tone with different kinds of colors.  Upon installation you need to know some of the tips in order to come up with a successful travertine paving.


    First and foremost, you should have your concrete ready for the laying down of your travertine pavers.   It should be totally even thereby smoothing out the concrete through sweeping out the loose fragments of it.  Slight mildew or any fungus or mold present should be eradicated by the use of bleach (usually used in outdoors) so it can be entirely destroyed.


    Small to bigger holes must be entirely covered.  A concrete patching product can be used to cover the patches and it can be easily purchased because it is available in almost all the local hardware store.  Instead of using the usual concrete product on patches, patching products are more helpful and are more efficient to be used.  They have acquired a lot more better ability to stick and hold on the concrete.


    Designing the layout of your travertine pavers should be given an ample time for you to come up with an amazing pattern.  First thing to do is to decide where your travertine paver pieces should be placed on.  Planning where to put the pieces on the concrete area must be done by moving them all around.  It will help you to achieve a travertine paver design that is well fitted into its concrete.  The patterns must then be marked in order to have an easy cutting of the pavers.


    Having the mortar done with a wheelbarrow is more beneficial.  Mixing the mortar must be done in a place where it will be able to hold the entire bag.  It can help you save more rather than still trying to presume the amount of mortar you need with small parts.


    After you are done with the putting up together the mortar through the wheelbarrow, it is then time to spread it on your prepared concrete.  With the use of a tool, particularly a trowel, a flat bladed hand tool, you will spread the mixed mortar to 2 to 4 pieces of travertine pavers with just an enough amount.  The trowel equipment must be held in a 45 degree angle and must be manipulated gently to achieve smoother and jag free pavement.


    In doing the placing of the full travertine pavers, a small trowel tool is needed.  This equipment will enable you to spread smoothly and in just enough amount of mixed mortar into the back of the pieces of pavers.   This will give the travertine pavers the sticking power onto the concrete and mortar.  Just keep going on until you have finished all the pieces of travertine paver s.


    So as to finishing what you have started with the design, cutting the marked travertine pavers will then follow.  A tile saw tool is used usually to cut the pavers with the marked lines as the guide.  After cutting them, you may now then place them all according to your layout.  They are also done according to the same process as what you have done with the previous travertine pavers.  Applying the mortar on its back edge which allows it to stick and adhere more on its side pavers.



  • 8 Tips On How To Put Down A Travertine Paving

    silver grey granite paving

    above:  A silver grey granite which can be used as a paver


    Digging or doing some excavation is done in preparation for the putting down of the travertine pavers.  First and foremost, marking the area where you want to pave is a necessity.  You just have to shovel wooden stakes into your spotted ground.  Grasses and any other things which could make the surroundings dirty must be taken out from the site.  The deepness must be enough for the pavers and the base materials to set into.


    After you are done cleaning up the surface area and making sure that the ground you have chosen is already evenly leveled, the base material can then be put down.  Base materials can be of a layer of sand or gravel and or crushed stones, which in general takes about 4 inches deep.   On the other hand, if you have a problem with your soil regarding its ability to drain, you can use a layer of filter fabric or geotextile which may produce a very great result if it is compacted using a plate compactor.  Plate compactor helps you to have a more solid and rigid layer of pavement.


    A layer of sand is added on top as a covering.  This provides the bedding for the materials to be used for paving which usually take about 2 inches deep if the pavers you have used do have the same thickness that your pavers have.  If there is a big difference with regards to its thickness, then the sand bed covering must be set a little lower or deeper.  For great results, this layer can be firmly compressed or compacted using a plate compactor.


    In layering the pavers, one should start at the corners.  First, set the few pavers in, and then continue to lay them all in, it should be with a moderate close interval by the use of a rubber stick so you can properly lay them into the sand bed covering.


    Cutting the stones is an important thing to do so you have a better fit of your pavers into the surface area.  First thing to do is to mark the line on the travertine paver and get a board which will be used as a leverage to be placed under the paver.  After doing so, you may get a cold chisel plus a hammer and use the marked line so you can cut the paver.   Then, along its line, you can break then the stone.


    Inspection of the ground level is important to know if there are unequal surfaces.  Make sure that the level is equal enough, if there are some uneven surfaces, you may take out the some of the pavers.  After removing it, you may then set the pavers once again up until the surface is balanced.


    Filling the joints will help your Travertine Paving more clean and kempt.  The paved surface area must be swept across.  This action is done through brushing the sand up until it can fill the linkages or the spaces in between the pavers.


    Usually, a garden hose is used to tidy up the travertine paving.  Washing and rinsing it uses the process of watering it down.  This will help to firmly compress the sand and the pavers into the spaces in between the pavement.  It is recommended that in order to attain a more filled and rigid joints or junctions, repetition of the mentioned process will help a lot.













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