Natural stone sealers can remodel your house in the professional way
The ancient Romans sealed stone floors with Olive Oil. Olive oil provided moderate protection against weathering. The Europeans used topical varnishes and sealers made using natural resins and egg whites. These sealers were clear and applied wet, but once dried, they formed a protective layer on the stone and hardened it.
When it comes to natural stone you should get it sealed by stone sealers in London. The outdoor pavers and indoor tiles as well as granite counter tops, must all be sealed. Marble and travertine are both, porous stones which means that they are susceptible to wear and staining if not sealed correctly. For this reason, marble and travertine tiles have gotten a bad reputation. Often in new construction projects or even remodels for that matter, people are unaware of the importance of stone sealing. In these cases, the homeowner is unaware of how to maintain the stone, as a result, it stains quickly or loses its lustre. This is an expensive mistake and can happen more often than you would like to think. However, this should not discourage you from using natural stone. Stone sealing is quite easy to do and it needs to be done only every two to five years, depending on the foot traffic in the area.
Types of Stone Sealers
There are mainly two types of stone sealers known as penetrating and topical. A topical sealer protects the stone by making a protective layer on the surface. The topical sealer is not as effective as the other type i.e. penetrating sealer. The penetrating sealer as the name suggest will actually seep down into the stone prevent staining. Moreover, a penetrating sealer prevents moisture absorption by the stone. So, when you choose your sealer to make sure that it is the penetrating variety and not topical. A topical sealer is quite effective at stain prevention. However, with time, due to exposure of the surface of the material tends to wear out in areas of high foot traffic.
Naturally, there are various types of penetrating sealers. For example, there are two sub types of penetrating sealers i.e. silicone based sealers and water based sealers. The two types of sealers are suitable for different places. The Water based variety is perfect for places where the stone may get wet traffic, like a bathroom or a pool deck. If you are using a silicone based sealer don’t allow it to get wet before it is completely dry, otherwise, it could give your stone an unattractive cloudy look. Of course, silicone sealers can be used anywhere as long as your sealers are given the chance to dry completely before being exposed to any liquids.
It is important to understand that a sealer, once applied can completely change the way your stone turns out. For this reason, it is important for you to get the correct sealer to help you get the look you are aiming. Moreover, if you are satisfied with the way your stone looks at the store, you may buy a natural stone sealer. If you like the way your stone looks but would like to enhance some of the colours, we recommend using a semi-gloss or gloss sealer that will give the stone a bit of wet look and really bring out the colours you want. However, you must be wary of topical gloss sealers. You should try and use a penetrating sealer. The best way to get the most out of a natural stone floor is using a sealer and that includes an enhancer as well. Enhancers can really bring out all the beautiful hues of the stone floor.
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