The Importance of Sealing Your Tiles and Natural Stone

June 26, 2023

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The Importance of Sealing Your Tiles and Natural Stone

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Maintaining the beauty of your natural stone and tile surfaces goes beyond cleaning. One crucial step in the maintenance process of these floors is sealing. Sealing tiles and natural stone involves the application of a penetrating sealer that provides internal protection rather than creating a visible layer on the surface. Ask the professionals at VICOR about adding sealing services to your tile cleaning appointment.

The Importance of Penetrating Sealers for Natural Stone and Tile Surfaces

Unlike topical sealers that create a visible layer on the surface, a penetrating sealer works by chemically bonding with the natural stone and grout. It seeps into the microscopic pores, filling them and creating a barrier from within. By penetrating the pores, the sealer blocks the entry of liquids, dirt, and grime, preventing staining and damage.

Natural stone and tile surfaces, such as marble, granite, travertine, and porcelain, possess inherent porosity. Without proper sealing, these porous materials can absorb dirt, dust, and debris, leading to discoloration and deterioration. By using a penetrating sealer, you provide an invisible shield that prevents the intrusion of particles into the pores. This barrier significantly reduces the accumulation of dirt and grime, making routine cleaning more effective and preserving the natural beauty of the surfaces.

Unsealed natural stone and grout are highly susceptible to stains. Liquids can easily penetrate the pores, which can carry dirt particles, embedding them further into the pores. The application of a penetrating sealer acts as a repellent to liquids, preventing them from seeping into the stone or grout. Consequently, spills can be promptly wiped away, minimizing the risk of permanent staining and ensuring the longevity of your surfaces.

Benefits of Sealing: Protection Against Stains and Damage

Sealing stone and grout lines help withstand the abuse from daily use and the demands of high-traffic areas. By investing in sealing your tile floors, you can effectively extend the lifespan of your surfaces, avoiding the need for premature replacements and saving on costly repairs.

The use of a penetrating sealer simplifies your cleaning routine while maintaining the natural appearance of your surfaces. The sealed surfaces repel dirt, stains, and liquids, making them easier to clean and maintain with regular mopping. Your floors will therefore be cleaner and easier to maintain in between cleaning appointments. You will call us less often as your floors will stay in great shape, as regular mopping will clean your tiles much better than previously since all the dirt will stay at surface level.

Long-Term Durability and Maintenance with Penetrating Sealer

One of the advantages of using a penetrating sealer is its invisible nature. Since the sealer penetrates the pores of the stone and grout, it does not alter the surface appearance or leave a visible residue. This allows you to preserve the original beauty of your stone or tile while enjoying the benefits of added protection. At VICOR Floor Care, we only use the highest-quality penetrating sealer, to ensure its longevity. While the specific durability may vary depending on factors such as traffic levels and cleaning practices, a well-applied sealer can last up to two years or more. Over time, the sealer gradually evaporates from the surface, leaving no visible trace behind.

Sealing your natural stone and tile grout is a vital step in the maintenance and preservation of these surfaces. By using a high-quality penetrating sealer, you create an invisible shield that penetrates the pores, blocking the entry of liquids, dirt, and grime. This protection helps prevent staining, enhances durability, simplifies cleaning, and extends the lifespan of your surfaces. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your investment. Sealing your natural stone and tile and grout is an investment in their long-term beauty and durability. So, make sure to prioritize this essential step and enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained, stunning living space.

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Arthur Vico

"From hardwood refinishing to natural stone care and tile and grout, VICOR Floor Care can handle it all."

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