Penetrating Sealers act as an invisible barrier to stains by penetrating into the surface of the stone and grout. Finishing Sealers provide a protective sealer on top of the stone, grout, or tile to resist stains, dirt, and grease.
Stain Facts: * Water-based stains like wine and juice may etch stone surfaces. * Oil-based stains like salad dressing and grease are hard to prevent and remove. * Pre-sealing tiles prevents staining during grouting and makes clean-up easier.
Sealing Tips: * Slate and flagstone are typical stones that can be surfaced sealed with Gloss or Matter Sealer & Finish. * Gloss or Matte Sealer & Finish protect soft clay tile like saltillo, terra-cotta, and adobe from scuff and stains. * Marble, limestone, and granite can be sealed using a penetrating sealer such as Stone Enhancer & Sealer. * Penetrating sealers provide a natural look for unglazed tile and grout. * Test sealed surfaces every 2 years by sprinkling water, water should bead.
Cleaning Tips: *Sealing repels dirt and stains making cleaning much easier. * Use cleaners that contain no harmful abrasives or acids. * Acidic spills such as juice, soda, and wine can eventually etch and dull polished stone if not wiped up promptly. * Regularly sweep or vacuum floors to remove particles that can scratch stone or tile. * Clean regularly so stain don't have a chance to build up. * Change rinse water frequently or you'll be putting dirt back on the surface.