How Can I Tell If My Natural Stone Needs To Be Sealed?
There is a simple method to determine if your natural stone surfaces need to be resealed. This method is referred to as the water test. It is a fast and easy way to check the current seal on your natural stone countertops, floors, and other surfaces.
All you will need to do is apply a small amount of water, 4-5 drops, onto a few different sections of the natural stone. It is important to test multiple areas, especially the area that gets the most wear and tear. For instance, if you are testing your kitchen countertop, check the area you spend the most time preparing food and cleaning.
Once you have applied the water to your natural stone, you will need to wait about 30 minutes to see how the stone handles the moisture. If the moisture becomes absorbed into the stone, you will notice your surface has darkened in the area the water once was. If you notice the water has full absorbed before 30 minutes, this is an indication that the seal is not strong.
You will want to act quickly to protect and preserve your natural stone surface by sealing it. The professionals at Modern Stone Care work with a wide variety of natural stone, in many different applications. We understand the importance of protecting this fragile material from moisture and want to help home and business owners keep their granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and other natural stone surfaces looking great for as long as possible.
However, if after you run the water test you notice the moisture has not been absorbed into your natural stone, this means your seal is still strong and serves as protection against liquids and other potentially harmful materials. Make sure you are checking your surfaces regularly to keep them safe.
Additionally, it is worth pointing out that you can’t over-seal granite natural stone, so even if your counters passed the water test, there’s no harm in sealing them again before they have a chance to wear down. Many home and business owners choose to seal their surfaces multiple times a year. Frequent sealing protects the surface of the stone for long-lasting resistance to etching, stains, and soil buildup.
Once you’ve sealed your granite counters, you will want to carefully monitor the cleaning products you choose to use. Nothing acidic or corrosive should ever be used to clean your stone as it will destroy the seal and can lead to serious damage for your stone.
What Cleaning Product Is Safe For Natural Stone?
We make our own in-house safe cleaning product for your stone surfaces.
Modern Stone Care Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner is a neutral (ph 7) marble safe floor cleaner which is to be used for regular maintenance on any hard surface not harmed by water. It was originally made to protect calcite based stones, such as marble, limestone, & travertine, which are alkaline in nature due to the mineral content, from chemical etching. It’s no rinse, streak free properties make this cleaner ideal for any hard surface, as it does not leave a dulling film or residue. Special organic slats in its formula act as “moisturizers” thus preventing natural stone from “drying out.” It also contains optical brighteners to enhance the finish of the surface on which it is used.