Stone sealing can ultimately make or break any stone restoration project so it is important to understand what it is, why it is important, and the role it plays in restoration projects. Stone sealing is most commonly used on natural stone surfaces such as granite, marble, and travertine, for example.
What Is Stone Sealing?
Stone sealing is the application of a sealant product to a natural stone surface. The sealant needs to apply to the surface it is being applied to. Stone sealers can either be applied to the surface, known as topical sealants or can soak into the stone, known as impregnating sealers.
Topical sealers are applied to the surface and are left to set then dry on the surface of the stone. On the other hand, impregnating sealants are applied to the surface of the stone and soak into the surface.
Why is Stone Sealing Important?
Stone sealing is important as it protects the integrity and longevity of your stone surface. Sealing your stone surface after restoration will preserve the shine and hardiness of your surface for much longer. This is done by protecting it from stains, gouges and scratches, and reduces the speed at which the shine fades from the surface.
When Is Restoration needed?
Restoration is typically needed once the shine fades from the stone surface. Other times a restoration may be needed is where there has been a heavy flow of foot traffic and a long time between restorations, where the surface has been poorly maintained (i.e. not wiping up spills as they occur), as well as where there are stains, scratches, dents and gouges in the stone’s surface.
Stone restoration involves the grinding down of the sealant and any imperfections and then honing or buffing with polishing cloths of increased fineness. This eventually results in the shiny appearance which is then sealed to lock in the shine and protect the surface.
Who Can Help me with stone sealing?
A quick search on your internet browser will allow you to gain some names for stone sealing professionals in your local area. Ones who will be most suited to the job will be those that specialise in stone restoration processes, rather than cleaning companies.
Do your research on the company and the products they use to ensure they are up to the required standard. Through your internet search, you may even be able to find some feedback on the prospective service providers. If you want to gain feedback from people who have already used the service before you engage it yourself, consider taking to your preferred method of social media as they will not hesitate to give you the good and bad feedback.
Stone restoration is often finished by sealing the stone to prevent faster than usual wear and tear, stains, scratches, and gouges. Although there are different types of sealants (ones that absorb into the stone as well as others that just sit on the top) they are both designed to protect the stone surface.
Be sure to research the sealant used by your chosen service provider to ensure it is suitable to the stone is sealed.