With so many different types of stone now on the market, combined with a confusing array of sealers, wouldn’t it be great to find one sealer that could be used on any type of stone? Well, the great news is there is and you have found it! Stonecare4u Essential All Stone Sealer provides all the protection you need, for any kind of stone surface.
Available in a choice of finishes our range of All Stone Sealer provides the perfect combination of quality, durability, ease of use and value for money. Free from toxic odours, our technically advanced eco-friendly formulations can be safely used inside or outside the home, by anyone from DIY enthusiasts to professional contractors.
There are so many types of stone being used for building and landscaping projects that its hard to list them all. Furthermore, stone is often referred to as natural stone and includes varieties such as Indian sandstone, limestone, granite, slate, travertine and marble. All types of stone have varying degrees of porosity which makes sealing some of them with a stone sealer a sensible option if protection of the surface is important.
The harder stone types include granite, marble and to a lesser degree slate and although a stone sealer can be used there are less benefits, especially with marble and granite. Marble and granite are very dense substrates which also means they are much less porous than the softer stone types such as sandstone and limestone. Granite is also an igneous rock with between 20% to 60% quartz by volume, which makes it extremely hard and tough. It also has very poor permeability and because water finds it hard to penetrate into granite, it does not tend to attract the growth of mould, algae and lichen like other more porous substrates. Marble is very similar to granite, it is a metamorphic rock and very dense in composition and not very porous because of this. For the purpose of this article about applying a stone sealer, we will talk about more porous stone substrates which mean sealing has more benefits.
High quality stone varieties are used internally and externally. Internally, stone is often used to lay high end tiles floors in hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories. Stone tiles can be sealed with a stone tile sealer for added protection but very often this may not be necessary as granite, marble and porcelain are not very porous and because of this have a good degree of protection already. A stone sealer can be used on marble and granite but it could be an unnecessary expense and have limited effect. Furthermore, a porcelain or ceramic tile is usually glazed during the manufacturing process and because of this is totally impervious to water penetration, so using a stone sealer is not usually advisable. However, if the purpose of using a stone tile sealer is to improve oil and grease resistance then it can be applied.
Internal stone floors and walls laid with sandstone, slate, limestone, travertine and terracotta should be sealed using a stone sealer as they will deteriorate quickly if left unsealed. Stone flooring in particular can get very dirty and become a magnet for dirt, grease, oil and other contaminants making it look very unsightly. A stone sealer often referred to as a stone impregnator can give lasting protection to stone flooring and make maintenance and general cleaning much easier. A stone sealer can be applied using a roller, brush or sponge and will quickly soak into the surface. Once dry the stone tile sealer will create a hydrophobic effect on the surface so water will bead on the surface rather than absorb into it. Other contaminants will find it much harder to penetrate or adhere to the surface of the stone once a stone tile sealer has been applied. If you have an expensive stone floor and would like to protect your investment, it makes perfect sense to apply a good quality stone sealer. Essential All Stone Sealer Matt Finish provides lasting protection to all types of natural stone. It will not alter the appearance but if you want to boost the natural colouring of your stone floor, you can use Essential All Stone Sealer Colour Boost.
External stone paving on patios is prone to deteriorate much quicker than internal stone surfaces, so using a stone paving sealer is always advisable on a patio. There are so many patios now laid in the UK with porous substrates such as sandstone, limestone, slate and travertine and they soon start to go green in the winter months once algae starts to grow. A stone paving sealer for use on natural stone can offer that added level of protection that will maintenance and upkeep of the surface that much easier. A stone patio sealer can stop oil, grease and other types of stains getting into the surface as well as making them easier to remove. A stone patio sealer can also help to inhibit the regrowth of moss, algae and lichen which are common problems with natural stone paving. As with the internal stone sealers there is an option to have a dry invisible finish or a colour boosting effect.