Sealing your stone flooring is one of them things that everyone knows they should really do, but it’s also one of them things that doesn’t get done regularly. OK so it might not be a life and death situation if you don’t seal it but your stone does risk permanent unsightly staining. Sealing your stone is a bit like buying insurance before the accident, a little prevention can save you a considerable amount of money down the road.
Why Does Stone Need Sealing?
Stone is naturally porous; any liquid that comes into contact with unsealed stone will slowly seep into the stone, unless it has been sealed. If the liquid is coloured it can chemically interact with the stone therefore giving it the potential to stain the stone and attract dirt. By sealing the stone you effectively seal these pores which prevent the liquid soaking into the stone. Instead it sits on the surface where it can easily be removed and cleaned. If not sealed and the stone becomes stained, you’re either faced with replacing the entire stone which can be an expensive and time consuming process or removing the stain with no guarantee of success.
How often Does Stone Need Sealing?
Stone sealers will breakdown in the presence of natural UV light or when cleaned with harsh cleaners. As the sealer is removed or breaks down so does your stone protection. For this reason it’s generally recommended that you get your stone flooring re-sealed at least every two years, however it may need to be done more frequently in areas of high sunlight or traffic.
Here at Floor Sanding Restoration we offer a full range of floor restoration services to keep your flooring looking in tip top condition. We can complete a free site survey to assess your flooring before advising you on the best sealant for your flooring. If you would like more information about our services or would like a site survey, call us today on: 0800 9777 100