When you decide on your countertop material, there are many decisions to make. Beyond considering price and durability, it’s important to consider how much maintenance each countertop material takes. Some are much more low maintenance than others, but if you are interested in natural stone, you will likely need a sealant.
What is a countertop sealer?
Natural stone materials, including granite and marble, are porous, which means if they are left unsealed, liquids can seep into them and cause damage. Stones left naked can quickly absorb spilled food and liquids, leading to ugly and sometimes irreversible stains. These stone materials can also get wet, and the water can permeate the stone and cause water damage. Finally, cleaning products can also be an enemy of natural stone because citrus can easily damage or discolor a countertop finish.
Your stone counter may be advertised as solid as a rock, but that doesn’t mean it is protected from the elements. If you want to avoid your counters being left with unattractive scars or stains, it is important to use the stone-specific sealer at regular intervals.
If you have never cleaned stone before, it is very easy. The first step is to clean your countertop with a stone-safe cleaner. Then grab your sealer and spread it onto the stone and 2 to 3-foot sections. Immediately afterwards, wipe your counter with a clean, lint-free cloth and buff it until it is dry. The result should be a shining countertop that is protected from the elements.
When selecting natural stone countertops, it’s important to take care of them properly. This includes sealing them to protect them from water damage and stains. When it comes to protecting ceramic surfaces in your home, Homeline Coating has the products you need.