Whether you have granite countertops or marble tiles installed in your home, it’s likely that at some point you heard about stone sealants and the benefits that they can give your new stone surfaces. There are many different types of sealants on the market, and not all of them are equal or made for every stone. Learn the different types of sealants so that you can make better choices for your stone.
Impregnating sealers penetrate into your stone to seal up the many small holes and pores beneath its surface. They may be made of silicone or water, and may help increase the slip resistance of some stone floors. They can be used on any type of stone, as well as on any stone finish from tumbled to polished. They do not affect the color or the finish of the stone, but merely help impede staining and give you time to wipe up spills before they can penetrate the stone.
If you have a highly porous stone, like limestone or marble, you may want to invest in a sealer made specifically for porous stones. Usually made of silicone, these sealers fill the larger holes in very porous stones to help impede staining. They’re perfect for stones that are installed in high traffic areas, such as kitchens, and will not affect the color or finish of your stone.
A color enhancer is a topical sealant that sits on the surface of your stone. It does not penetrate like an impregnator, and should be used in conjunction with a penetrating sealer. Color enhancers help darken and bring out the colors in honed, matte, and tumbled stones. A good indication of how a color enhancer will look on your stone, is to get its surface wet; this is the color it will be once the sealer has been applied.
If you have a polished stone that has received some minor etching or dulling of the finish, you may want to put a shine enhancer on its surface. Shine enhancers are topical sealants that leave a high gloss finish behind. They are meant to be used on already polished stones, not to bring a gloss to honed or tumbled stones.
Seal Your Stone
Most stones can benefit from repeated applications of stone sealants to help impede staining and bring out their beauty. Get the right sealer for your stone to help bring out the best in all your installations.