Do I need to use a sealer on my stone flooring?
Stone floors will last a lifetime if you practice proper stone floor care and maintenance. By using a sealer on your stone flooring, you preserve its appearance by making it easier to clean and more resistant to staining.
Outdoor stone surfaces, which are exposed to sunlight, unpredictable weather and dirt, especially require the use of a sealer to prevent dulling and stains. The same goes for high traffic areas and areas that are exposed to water inside like your kitchen and your bathroom.
Types of Stone Floor Sealers
A topical sealer goes on the surface of your stone floor. It can also be called a coating sealer or surface sealer. An impregnating sealer goes inside the surface of your stone floor. It can also be called a penetrating sealer of a sub-surface sealer.
Additionally, sealers come in water-based, oil-based, solvent-based and lacquer-based formulas. The type of stone floor you have will influence the type of sealer you should use. This is because some stones are more porous than others.
How often should I seal my stone floors?
For high traffic areas or areas that are frequently exposed to water (kitchens and bathrooms), we recommend having your floors sealed at least once a year to keep them protected and looking their best. Seal less exposed floors every two to five years.
If you’re planning on installing stone floors, you should seal the floors as soon as they are installed. If you have existing stone floors and wish to protect them with a sealer, make sure you clean the surface well before you seal it.
At Elegant Floor Service, we offer stone floor sealing services, in addition to cleaning, stripping, polishing and installation. Please contact us today if you’re interested in sealing or installing stone flooring in Bethesda, MD or nearby areas.