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How to Choose the Right Sealer for Your Natural Stone

Aug 23, 2023

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If you’ve got natural stone surfaces in your home like counters, islands, vanities and floors, here’s the scoop on how to choose the best stone sealer.

Picking the right sealer is a bit like choosing the perfect outfit – you start with the right function, add a dash of style, and make sure it vibes with your stone’s personality.

Natural stone, like marble, granite, travertine, and limestone can truly transform your space. But, there’s a little secret to keeping them looking gorgeous year after year: choosing the right sealer. So, let’s dive into this and make your stones shine!

Know Your Stone

First things first, know your stone. Each type of natural stone is like a unique personality. Some are tough cookies like granite, while others, like marble, can be a bit sensitive. Knowing your stone type is key because it affects how you should seal it.

What kind of stone countertops do I have?

Types of Sealers

Now, there are two main types of sealers: penetrating and topical.

Penetrating Sealers: These get deep into your stone, creating a protective shield from the inside. They’re great for most natural stones, especially the porous ones. Think of them as your stone’s secret bodyguard.

Topical Sealers: Topical sealers are film forming coatings that reside on the surface of the stone. They can give your stone a glossy or matte finish, depending on your style. They enhance the beauty but may need a touch-up now and then.

Where Is Your Stone Installed?

Is your stone indoors or outdoors? This matters because indoor surfaces deal with spills and stains, while outdoor surfaces face Mother Nature’s wrath. If it’s inside, go for a sealer that’s stain-resistant and safe for food areas. Outdoors? You need one that can handle UV rays, moisture, and freezing temperatures.

Gloss or Matte Finish?

Do you like your stone glossy or matte? Topical sealers can give you that choice. Glossy for that extra sparkle or matte for a more natural look. Your stone, your style!

Test It Out

Before you go all-in with a sealer, do a little test. Apply it on a tiny, hidden part of your stone. This way, you’ll see how it’ll look and if it plays nice with your specific stone type.

Maintenance

Consider the maintenance. Certain sealers may require touch-ups often, while others can endure for a more extended period.Be sure to stay current with maintenance to preserve your stone’s appearance and function. If you start noticing etches, scratches, or discoloration, it’s probably time to seek the expertise of a stone restoration professional. They can address issues and apply a fresh sealer to your stone.

Follow the Rules

Lastly, read the instructions! Each sealer has its own set of rules. Drying times, cleaning methods, and all that jazz. Follow them and you’ll be in good shape.

So there you have it! Now go out there and let your natural stone surfaces shine like the gems they are!

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