Natural stones have become the most sought after choice for countertops, flooring, wall cladding, vanities and fireplace surrounds. Because of their durable and appealing nature, most homeowners prefer incorporating them in their building wherever possible. However, most of the natural stones are porous in nature, which make sealing more important to prevent stains as well as the growth of bacteria.
How Often Should You Seal Your Natural Stone?
The types of stone you have installed play a major role in determining how often sealing the stone is required. A few varieties of natural stones such as marble slabs, limestone and onyx are more porous that they will absorb water and other stains more quickly. Sealing these stones twice a year (every six months) will extend their lifespan and make them look like new for many years to come. On the other hand, stones such as granite and quartz are less porous and durable that they require sealing once a year.
What Are The Benefits Of Sealing Your Natural Stones?
To Ensure Longevity:
The main reason to seal your natural stone is to preserve its surface for a long span of time. Sealing your stone will upkeep the appearance of your countertops and other surfaces and prevent them from looking gloomy.
The sealants applied to the natural stone will bead-up the spilled liquids instead of letting them being absorbed into the stone. When necessary precautions are not taken, these spills leave surface stains which can be prevented by sealing the stones.
Sealing your stone will make it easier for you to clean-up the messes. Liquids, food crumbs, dirt and grease can easily be wiped off with a piece of cloth when it is sealed properly. This reduces the effort and time needed to clean the surface.
When acidic foods are spilled on the natural stone surfaces and if they are left unattended, the acid eats away along the surface, creating gloomy spots called etches. These marks are not stains but can change the colour and appearance of the stone itself.
If you are excited to know more about sealing your current natural stone countertops or looking to install new benchtops, look no further than Baasar Stones – a leading natural stone supplier in Melbourne. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to call (03) 9357 7780 and talk to us today.