Sealing Natural Stone
Sealing your granite countertop or a traverine floor is not hard and any homeowner can do it.
We highly recommend that your natural stone be sealed as soon as it's installed, to protect from any unwanted stains.
If your natural stone was not newly installed, and you want to make sure it has the proper protection, you should give it a very thorough cleaning before sealing it.
For granite countertops make sure to use a quality granite countertop sealer that's made specifically for granite and other dense surfaces, such as engineered stone.
How to Seal Natural StoneYou can use this cleaning process for cleaning countertops, floors and just about any natural stone surface.
First, you need to know if there are any topical coatings such as wax or polyurethanes on the natural stone, and if there is, will require a stripping process, that's different than what it is described below.
If your natural stone is badly soiled it's best cleaning your natural stone with an akalking cleaner to break down any dirt and grease build-up.
Once the natural stone surface is clean, dry it with a cotton or microfiber cloth. It's very important when sealing natural stone surfaces, that it's completely dry.
If you're sure the natural stone is completely dry, you can apply the sealer evenly using a lamb's wool applicator or any soft cloth.
Honed or textured natural stone will require more sealer due to it being more porous than a polished natural stone.
Not all sealers behave the same and if you're using a water based sealer, it will take longer to dry compared to a solvent based sealer.
It's important not to let the sealer puddle up as any unwanted residue can dry up and even stain some stones.
After applying a second coat of sealer, dry buff with either a microfiber or cotton cloth, making sure to remove all excess sealer. You don't want to see any streaks left by the sealer
If you do see streaks left by the sealer, re-activate the sealer with some more sealer, and then buff off.
Maintaining Natural Stone
Maintaining travertine or any natural stone can be easy, as long as you know what cleaners are best and how to use them.
When cleaning any natural stone we recommend using a neutral floor cleaner. Neutral meaning neautral pH or pH of 7 on the pH scale.
For daily cleaning, use a microfiber mop, with warm water and your neutral cleaner. Mop your floor and dry with dry mop.
When it comes to cleaning and sealing natural stone or cleaning ceramic tile and grout, we strive to help educate our customers on the best protection they can have, helping them save time and money in costly restoration costs down the road.
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