There are a number of natural stones used inside homes for flooring, countertops and siding. What many people ask is how to properly take care of natural stone, and most importantly, whether or not a sealer is beneficial or needed. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to answer this question and explain the sealer’s role in protecting natural stones.
Will Natural Stone Benefit from a Sealer?
Will natural stone benefit from a sealer? Yes, due to the nature of natural stone, some require a sealer while others benefit. Most natural stones are very porous. Dirt, moisture and other contaminates can get trapped inside and lead to erosion. Sealing any natural stone surface can help prevent erosion and help make the stone color more colorful and beautiful. However, the question is not if you should seal natural stone but, when to seal the natural stone.
When Should Natural Stone Be Sealed?
Tile applicators and sealers all work differently and are produced by different manufacturers. Each type of sealer will vary on when or how often the stone will need to be resealed to maintain the protection sealers offer. Some natural stone may have a sealer upon installation and will need to be resealed over time, while others may not have a sealer at all. It is then up to the homeowner whether or not to add a sealer. To determine when to have your natural stone sealed will depend on whether or not a sealer was already on the stone upon installation and what type of sealer was used. Make sure you know what sealer you chose to use and how long that sealer was designed to last. To prolong your stone sealer as recommended, it should be maintained.
Types of Natural Stone Sealers
When you choose to seal your stone there are a few different types of sealer that you should know about. There are penetrating sealers and surface sealers. Penetrating sealers are solvents. There are water-base or alcohol based sealers that seep deep into the stone. Surface sealers are a solvent that remains on the surface of the stone. Penetrating sealers are one of the most popular types of sealer because they seep deep in the stone and prevent moisture from entering into the stone. Additionally, penetrating sealers do not alter the look or color of the stone. Surface sealers can change the look of the stone where it looks wet. However, it can also make the stone look clean and bring out the stone’s unique characteristics. Surface sealers often require they be resealed more often than penetrating sealer. Depending on the types of stone you have in your home, most professionals will recommend penetrating sealers over surface sealers.
Natural Stone Cleaning & Sealing & More in Waco, Dallas, Arlington, Harker Heights, Cedar Park, Allen & the State of Texas
When installing stone in your home, you should add a sealer to help protect the stone and prevent erosion. Make sure you maintain the sealer and reseal the stone when needed. Never neglect the sealer to ensure your stone is properly protected. Stone is sensitive to acidic elements and can erode quickly. If you need help cleaning and sealing your home’s natural stone, contact Heart of Texas Chem-Dry. We provide many services including natural stone cleaning and sealing services. Contact Heart of Texas Chem-Dry and schedule our services today!