Many of the newest Miami and Brickell condos have beautiful natural stone but most people don't know how to properly care for this type of material. Whether you are planning to sell your home or condo and are fixing it up, or just plan on updating your home, care of natural stone is a must.
Natural stone is a gorgeous, durable, and long-lasting finish in many different areas of the home. Natural stone is often used in areas of the home that see the most use including floor tiles, bathroom vanities, kitchen counters, and shower and tub tiles. Each of these areas comes in contact with a myriad of substances from water, to cosmetics, to soaps, and food. Due to a large amount of use, it is best to apply a protective sealer to natural stone to keep it in its best shape and prevent staining.
Even more important than sealing your stone is making sure you have the right type of sealer for your specific stone. The deciding factors in which type of sealer you need for your stone depends on the location, use, and type of stone. A professional cleaner can help you to decide on the type of sealer and application.
Misconceptions about Stone Sealers
After applying a sealer many stone owners believe they have applied a cure-all shield of protection that will prevent any and all damage to their stone. While sealers do provide a layer of protection and are important they do not completely prevent all possible damage. Even with the protection of a sealer, the stone is still susceptible to acidic items, scratches, dulling, damage from traffic patterns, etching, and other damage. Sealers also do not make stone stain proof, rather they make your stone stain resistant. It is still important to stick to a cleaning and care routine with a pH neutral cleaner and routine professional cleanings, re-finishing, and re-sealing.
So what exactly does a stone sealer provide? It provides a protective layer that keeps substances like cosmetics, soaps, food, juice, water, etc. on the surface of the stone a little bit longer to give you time to clean these substances away before they sink below the surface and stain the stone or require more expensive measures to try and repair. It may seem like sealers don’t provide much, but with everyday life and use you will be very glad the sealer is there providing the extra layer of care.
Ideally, a sealer should be applied by a professional at least once a year after a professional cleaning. Over time a sealer wears away and so does its protective power.
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