Stone sealing is an important step in caring for the natural stone in your home. It is used for benchtops, stovetops, floors, pavements, garden paths and more. Stone is a very beautiful and luxurious product and needs to be treated properly so that it will last many years for you to enjoy. let’s get know the different types of natural stone available in Melbourne.
Stone can be classified into three groups; Metamorphic, Sedimentary and Igneous. The stone in each of these groups will be either calcareous stone or siliceous stone. Calcareous stone can be damaged if any acidic liquids are put onto it. Siliceous stone resists acidic liquids. Limestone, Marble, Travertine, Serpentine and Onyx are Calcareous stone. Sandstone, Slate, Granite, and Soapstone are siliceous. Before you start the stone sealing process it is important to know the type of stone and what type of cleaner to use.
Some natural stones do not require sealing and will improve with age providing a very beautiful natural patina. Other stone must be sealed because of the environment they are in and how it will be used. It is best to consult with a stone sealing expert, such as Absolute Stone Care, so that you can get the best advise. They will be able to help you to understand how porous the stone is, what type of sealer to use and the process involved in sealing the stone.
Types Of Stone Sealer
Once you have decided to seal the stone surface, you will need to understand the types of sealer used. There are generally two different types of sealers that a professional will use. A topical sealer and an impregnator sealer.
A topical sealer is designed to help protect the top of the surface of the stone. They are a low-cost option and can be applied fairly easy. The problem with these sealers is that they require a lot of maintenance as they stain easily. The dirt and grime build up on them quickly making the stone unsightly.
This type of sealer will penetrate into the pores of the stone and are great at protecting against stains caused by rust, liquids, foot traffic and garden stains. They last unto 1 or 2 years or more depending on the environment and use of the stone surface. Impregnator sealers can be used over polished surfaces.
Stone sealing can be done yourself, but you will require time to learn how to do it. A professional stone sealing service in Melbourne is going to provide a much better job because they do it for a living and know what they are doing. Also know that sealers do not protect the natural stone %100, but they do make it easier to clean and maintain on a day to day basis.