Protect Your Stone with a Penetrating Sealer
Why does My Marble, Granite or other stone Benchtop Require Sealing?
Marble, granite and other natural stone benchtops are porous and as a result require sealing to prevent staining that cannot be removed. The porosity comes from how the stone is formed in nature and is a natural process of stone.
To use stone in your home, prevent staining and keep it looking its best it should be sealed with a penetrating sealer for granite or marble (option for marble to have surface coating). By sealing the stone surfaces you will extend the life of your benchtop or vanity for many years to come.
How do penetrating sealers work on your Marble, Granite or other natural stone benchtop or vanity?
Penetrating sealers work by a chemical reaction with molecules in the stone sealer combining with the minerals in the stone. This therefore prevents the absorption of waters, oils and other foreign materials. It does not however prevent etching ( dull spots) caused by acidic substances on marble, limestone, travertine or other calcium based stones.
The sealer we use at The Marble Man absorb much deeper than other competitors sealers. This therefore creates are far better and durable sealed surface. At The Marble Man we use several different sealers to protect your marble or stone surfaces. It is vital that the correct sealer is used along with one that will last the test of time.
Should we use a solvent or water based sealer?
The two main types of penetrating sealers are water and solvent based. This refers to the carrying agent that carries the sealing molecule into the stone. Both work the same way but have different rates of penetration depending on which type of stone it is used on.
These work best on polished and honed surfaces as they can penetrate deeper into the stone surface. This is especially the case on full polished surfaces as the polished finish naturally repels water and therefore the sealer. Penetration is the main advantage to solvent-based sealers. The smell of the sealer when being applied is the main disadvantage to solvent based sealers. Stones such as Granite, marble, limestone, onyx and travertine are pest sealed with solvent-based sealers.
Water based sealers works best on extremely porous surfaces. These surfaces will not repel water and in fact will absorb these well. There are many low coast brands of water-based sealers with do not last long and are not UV stable.
Cheap low cost sealers
Be careful of cheap quotes based on using cheap water or solvent based penetrating sealers, which long like they work fine when first applied by stop working a month or two after application. Remember you pay for what you get.
Do Reconstituted Benchtops require sealing with a penetrating sealer?
Benchtop granites such as Caesarstone, Essa Stone, Smart Stone, Quantum Quartz and other imported reconstituted stone benchtops should not require sealing. Most of the major brands state in there warrantee that if sealed your warrantee is voided. They are all stain resistant and but these in the cheaper brands the quality is not there and sealing is an advantage. If staining does occur call the manufacturer otherwise call The Marble Man and we can be of assistance to find a solution for you.
CALL US TODAY on 1300 627 626 to organize a FREE Marble Man stone care Evaluation to discuss sealing your natural stone benchtop or vanity.
Our technicians are located on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and are ready to assist. Contact us and we will be happy to assist.
Marble and Stone Sealing Products
The Marble Man team offers a huge range of sealing products to produce a long lasting stone surface that you will enjoy for years to come. We are accredited by all the major sealing brands to work on any project. The main brands are:
Types of Stone that should be sealed
The importance of sealing often depends on the location and the type of stone. In general though all stone should be sealed to protect it. Sealing is important because stone is naturally porous and therefore absorbs liquids and materials in the surface. This is due to the capillaries with stone structure which allows and liquids through it just like what happens naturally when the stone is in the ground. Weather you have Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Granite, Basalt or Sandstone all these material require sealing.
CALL US TODAY on 1300 627 626 to organize a FREE Marble Man stone care Evaluation to discuss sealing your natural stone benchtops or vanities.
Make your Marble Benchtop Etch-Proof
Benchtop Surface Coating
Marble, limestone, travertine and other calcium based stone s used in kitchen benchtops are susceptible to etch marks or dull marks caused by acidic substances such as wines and fruit juices.
In the past this may have turned people away from using such a beautiful materials for their benchtop but now with a product called ‘Clearstone’ this is a thing of the past.
CLEARSTONE™ allows the freedom to choose marble, travertine, limestone, onyx and other stones for their beauty and natural characteristics. It can be used for in domestic and commercial applications to protect against stains and etching. Clearstone can be used on both old stone in need of restoration or for protecting new stones. We use it most for marble kitchen benchtops and bar tops but can also be used used vanity tops and furniture.
Why Use a Surface Coating?
The most common complaint with natural marbles and other calcium-based stones used for benchtops is etching. Etching looks like dull drips, spills or glass ring marks in the reflection of the stone benchtop. Penetrating sealers do not protect against etch marks but d protect against staining with in the stone surface.
By having The Marble Man applying Clearstone to the surface of your benchtop you receive a 10 Year Guarantee against etching and staining.