After your stone is installed, the surface needs to be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer designed specifically for natural stone. Most penetrating sealers work by entering and filling the pores found in natural stone. By filling these pores, the sealer helps prevent the intrusion of liquids into the material. Sealers are designed to help prevent staining by foreign substances. There is no foolproof, 100% protection to be had. However, a good quality sealer protects your stone investment by preventing the penetration of these substances into the stone, forcing them to remain on the surface long enough to be cleaned or mopped up using normal methods.
Granite, being the least porous of the natural stones is the most common material used for kitchen countertops. You must still, however, protect all granite surfaces from staining, by applying an impregnator, or sealer. The Granito Impregnator, by EcoStone Solutions, when applied properly, does not leave a surface coating that could affect food preparation and it will not change the natural appearance of the granite.
Marble Sealers and Travertine Sealers
It is essential that all stones be sealed in order to prevent staining, and marble and travertine, being very porous materials, are vulnerable if not properly treated. EcoStone Solution’s Travertino & Marmo Impregnator is and ideal product for these surfaces.
Is Your Stone Protected?
We cannot stress enough how important it is to seal your stone after installation. Do not assume your fabricator or contractor did this for you – more often than not, they do not include this step as part of the job. To test if your stone has been sealed, spatter a few drops of water on the surface .The water should bead for 3-5 minutes on a sealed surface. Water on an unsealed surface will not bead and will leave a dark water mark when wiped
When to Reapply Sealer
Sealers are subject to wear and chemical breakdown and require re-application periodically to maintain their efficacy. The length of time between sealer applications will vary depending on the use, type of stone, and type of exposure the installation typically receives. A good rule of thumb, however, is to reapply the sealer using the manufacturer’s recommended procedures, or to conduct the water-beading test as described
- Cleaning your stone often will keep it in pristine condition.
- Sealers or impregnators are essential for protecting all your stone,tile, and grout.
- Blot up spills quickly, especially on marble, travertine and limestone, and rinse immediately.
- Don’t use any acidic or harsh cleaners on natural stone.
- Do enjoy your stone and the added value it offers to your home over other surfaces.