Natural stone is porous and vulnerable to damage and stains. Because natural stones are absorbent, they soak in oil, water, dirt, and other stain-causing materials. By sealing your stone, it is better able to resist these stains.
When Should I Seal?
Stone should be sealed immediately if it has just been installed or gone through the grinding, honing, and polishing process. Stone should additionally be sealed once every year to maintain its resistance to stains.
What Is the Process?
Whether inside or out, sealing and waterproofing your stone will not only protect it but enhance the color of your stone and reduce the growth of mold, moss, and mildew. To best protect your stone, we do the following:
As with most projects, the preparation is the most important step. Prior to applying the protective treatment, existing sealers must be removed and the surface must be completely cleaned and degreased.
To seal your stone, our professionals apply a highly protective treatment. This is absorbed by your stone in approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
Grout can seem like a pain to take care of. However, properly sealing your grout will save you time and money in the long run.
Second Application, as Needed
Certain surfaces in your home need multiple applications to seal properly. This includes on countertop edges, under lips or on vertical stone.
How Can I Test My Seal?
As a stone owner, it is important to test your stone’s seal on a regular basis. You are able to do this yourself using water and mineral oil. Dab about a tablespoon of each on your stone and let it sit for 15 minutes to 4 hours. Afterward, wipe the liquid off your counter. If you noticed a color change where the liquid sat, you need to reseal your stone.