Caring for Stone Surfaces Properly

marble textureStone surfaces can make any commercial facility look more elegant and refined. Maintaining the natural beauty of premium stone will not only help it look its best, but it can also extend the life of the stone.

Just because it’s stone doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever. Food residue, dyes, stains, oils, and much more can all impact how the stone looks and, ultimately, cause cracking and breaking apart. One of the best ways to care for stone surfaces is by using a proper stone sealer.

A water-based premium stone sealer can help preserve the natural color, look, and shine of the stone surfaces for many years. You should always focus on environmentally friendly stone sealers as these are not just beneficial for the environment as a whole, but can also be used for interior and exterior surfaces.

A quality stone sealer is going to be great for a variety of surfaces, including:

  • Bluestone
  • Marble
  • Sandstone
  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Marble

Focus on using only a premium sealer. You can certainly use regular sealers, but they won’t last nearly as long as a premium sealer. One quart of a premium stone sealer should cover a decent portion of surface.

Before using the stone sealer on any new surface, always test it in an inconspicuous area and allow 24 hours for it to properly cure.

If stone has recently been laid, make sure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines for proper cure time for the grout. Don’t attempt to apply the sealer before that grout has properly cured.

Make sure the surface is clean and properly dried before applying any sealer. Allow the sealer to soak in for 30 minutes. If needed, don’t hesitate to use the second coat. Protect the surface and don’t allow any contact with the freshly sealed surface for at least several hours. Proper cure time can be anywhere between 24 and 72 hours, depending on the sealant used.

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