This test can be used to determine if you should seal any stone initially and to determine when a previously sealed stone needs a re-application. Also, it’s important to consider where you’ll be applying a sealer. You are not sealing against water absorption and your risk of staining shower tile is near zero. It should slow or stop the wetting and darkening and reduce probability of staining.
You may read that “all” granite, marble, stone “must” be sealed.
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So, to determine if you should apply a sealer to your marble vanity, floors, etc. As the name suggests it forms permanent bonds, so you won’t have to reseal the surface. Sealing in wet environments can create additional problems if water ever gets behind the tile, etc. I recently purchased an expensive bathroom vanity with a marble top. I would seal the surface with a solvent based penetrating sealer sold at home centers for this purpose. My marble vanity recently installed is leaving a powdery residue on the underside into the cabinets.
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While we have opinions about which sealer works the best, we give our clients the option to choose the sealer they prefer. This way you are free to “test” the sample for stains or any kind of wear you think you may incur.
It is widely known that marble can stain, and therefore consumers have shied away from using marble in high traffic areas over the years. The good news is that over the past few years, better sealers have come out. For convenience and preparation, we offer our clients samples to take home of different marbles with whichever sealer they would like to try.
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Granite is relatively impervious to water and is only minimally absorbent. Most of the time, any liquid spilled on granite will remain on the surface for at least a few minutes. However, even when this happens, the stain is not necessarily permanent. And if the chances of staining weren’t already small enough, you’ll never have to worry about water rings, temporary dark spots, or stains if you properly seal your granite every year.
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Our sealer is an alcohol-based formula that fills pores in the granite, stopping any liquids from penetrating the stone. If you have a white granite or other stone that is more susceptible to stains, you may want to apply a second coat. Wipe off the counter with clean towels or paper towels, making sure to wipe away any excess sealer.
Let your countertops sit for 24 hours before you use them if possible.
This is one of the more frequent questions we hear from first-time granite buyers. Some stones like granite are less porous and other stones like marble are more porous. That’s one of the reasons it is such a popular choice for building exteriors all over the world. If the granite is unsealed, this liquid may soak into the granite pores. In some cases, particularly with oils or grease, liquid left on the counter can soak in and create a stain. Most of the time it can be removed using a topically applied paste that draws out any moisture from the stone. Sealer will not change the appearance of your stone; in fact, it will make it more sanitary and easier to clean, since no liquids from food can get into the stone.
After that, you can easily repeat the process yourself to ensure your granite stays like-new for years and years to come. Shake the sealer and apply it liberally to every part of your counters using a clean paint roller (you can use a clean paintbrush or paper-towels to get all the way into the corners). In that case, wait for at least 48 hours before you apply the second coat the same way as the first.
Clean your rollers or brushes with water and store in a clean place. This product not only cleans and polishes, but also adds a small bit of sealer to make sure there are no unsealed patches on your granite counters.