The Importance Of Sealing Your Stone

Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply renovating your current home, granite or marble countertops are a wonderful way to spruce up a kitchen. Their timeless beauty and unique durability against knives and heat make them ideal for every family. When the decision has been made and the granite or marble has been installed, it’s important to maintain the beauty. That is why sealing your stone is extremely important for protecting your countertops against stains or unwanted marks.

 

 

What types of stone need to be sealed?

The porous nature of granite ranges, depending on the specific stone. More so, marble is a softer stone with an even greater susceptibility to stains. Either way, it is incredibly important to seal every type of permeable stone.

 

What does sealing my stone protect me from?

Without being sealed, there is no backup protection from liquids seeping into your stone. Although most countertops will typically remain fine if spills are wiped up within a few minutes, there is no guarantee that it will not stain faster than that.

 

What causes these stains?

The main dilemma lies with liquids that cannot evaporate and liquids with color. For example, rinsing a container of strawberries and leaving that on the countertop will result in a red stain. Yes, the water will eventually evaporate, however, the red discoloration will remain. The worst culprit for stains is oil. Oil is frequently used in the kitchen and will not evaporate, leaving a beautiful countertop with an unsightly dark stain.

We are glad to say that there is no need to obsess over potential spills when cooking with oil or having wine with friends. The simple and effective solution to this dilemma is sealing your stone. When a sealant is added to stone, you have an extra layer of protection on your stone countertops. NO sealer will stop stains completely. To learn about the types of sealers offered at Planet Stone or more information call us TODAY!