Natural stone is a wonderful way to add class and elegance to customer homes. Whether it be granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone, it makes an impacting addition to bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and outdoor spaces.
In order to ensure longevity, it’s important to seal the stone after installation. By nature, stone is porous, so using a natural stone sealer will help to protect the stone from staining and moisture, which can cause deterioration over time.
How to Choose the Best Natural Stone Sealer
It’s best to seal the stone immediately after it’s been installed. This way you can ensure the stone doesn’t encounter anything that could cause damage or staining prior to sealing. When selecting a natural stone sealer, you have two options: water based or solvent based stone sealer. While the two achieve nearly similar results, solvent based natural stone sealers can be more difficult to work with. Water based natural stone sealers are slightly more forgiving, as they’re easier to clean up, and have lower odor. Water based natural stone sealers have a more semi-gloss or matte finish, while solvent based sealers have a wetter finish. Determine which look your customer prefers and install accordingly.
Before sealing wipe the stone down with a soft cloth to eliminate any dust or debris that could interfere with the sealant. If you used a damp cloth, make sure the stone is completely dry before sealing it. Depending on the stone type, how porous it is, and how much moisture it was exposed to, it can take between 24 and 72 hours to fully dry.
Once the tile is dry, apply the natural stone sealer evenly with a lamb’s wool applicator or a soft cloth. Take care to not use too much sealer at a time, as it can pool up and stain the stone. The more porous the stone the more sealer you’ll need to use, but use your experience and best judgement and apply the appropriate amount. It’s best to apply a second coat of natural stone sealer after the first has dried, and dry buff it with a microfiber or cotton cloth to remove streak causing excess. If you find there are streaks in the sealer, simply reactivate with more sealer and carefully buff them away.
Once the stone is sealed, using proper stone care products and stone cleaners will keep it looking beautiful. Be sure you carefully inform your client on the best stone cleaning products to use, like Stonetech Stone Cleaner. That way they can maintain the stone’s integrity and your beautiful work. Any products they use to clean should be pH neutral, otherwise they run the risk of damaging the stone.
With thorough instruction and regular maintenance, your stone work will be enjoyed by your customer for years to come.
At Tile Pro Depot, we carry everything needed to seal and care for natural stone. Whether it be solvent or water based sealer, oil and grease spot remover, or ready to use stone floor cleaning products – we’ve got what you need to do the job right.
Visit our website to place an order and to view our wide selection of best natural stone sealer and enhancer products, as well as tile installation products. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us online or by phone at (844) 751-2625.