Using a stone sealer on your natural stone floors applies a surface treatment to prevent corrosion and staining.
Most naturally created stones are perforated with interconnected capillary channels that allow gases and liquids to penetrate. This perforation is mostly common in igneous rocks such as granite; metamorphic rocks such as marble; and sedimentary rocks, including sandstone, limestone, travertine, etc.
When there is liquid at the upper surface of the stone, the stone acts like a sponge, drawing the fluid in over time through its capillary channels. Dissolved salts and other solutes are also drawn through this process. Stones that are very porous, such as sandstone, absorb liquid quicker compared to less porous rocks such as granite.
Benefits of sealing your stone floor
Stone has been used for building and decorative purposes for thousands of years. It’s valued for its strength, insulation, and durability. It can also be modified into different shapes, textures, and colours. This makes it highly versatile for construction. However, the porosity of most stones leaves it prone to damage, which calls for the use of natural stone sealer products. Here are the benefits of sealing your stone floors:
Sealing your stone floors improves their durability
The sealant extends the life of the stones by avoiding wear and tear and promoting durability. A quality sealant protects the stone or concrete from all kinds of damage, including erosion or acid rain. It also prevents weeds from growing from the joints of the stone.
If you are in an area in Australia that is prone to harsh winters, you can apply a solvent-based sealer to help protect your stone floor. Ice and snow can easily seep in through unsealed floors, which can lead to the formation of puddles below the water surface. Puddles can further result in frost heaves and cracks. Solvent-based sealants fill the pores and repel water by keeping sand dust in the joints.
Australians are used to the harsh sun, and just like your skin, your stone floors need protecting from UV rays. Sealing your stone floor helps in blocking harmful UV rays, thus preventing the colours in your stone floor from fading.
Stones are prone to staining as a result of oils and other liquids that may penetrate their capillary channels and deposit materials that may destroy them. Sealants prevent this form of staining by creating a barrier that makes it harder for liquids to penetrate.
Stone floor sealers are easy to apply, save you time and effort
With stone floors, sealing the floor makes it significantly easier to clean and buff the surface to get a nice shine. The easy to apply sealers that Rodaux Surface Care has in their range make it a good investment in the long term, saving you time and effort in continuously cleaning and polishing your stone floors.
Sealing your stone floors prevents them from acid and salt attacks
Salt attacks occur when salts dissolved in water are carried into the stone. The most common example of this effect is efflorescence, the formation of gritty white deposits on the surface of the floor, which happens in homes located near the beach or rivers. This results from the deposition of mineral solutions in the capillary channels. When the water evaporates, the minerals remain and are the efflorescence. The salts then expand as a result of crystallisation and can cause spalling of the surface.
Acid attacks occur when soluble materials such as limestone react with acidic solutions such as the oxides of nitrogen or sulphur. The acid erodes the stone, leaving unpleasant dark marks on the surface. If the acid attack continues, it can result in pitting. Stronger acids can cause significant damage in a short time. Adding a sealant to your stone floors helps prevent these attacks from creating significant damage.
You should note that installing a sealant doesn’t magically solve all the problems that may affect your stone, tile, or concrete floor. Once it has been sealed, maintenance is essential. You should have the floor regularly cleaned to keep it looking its best. Vacuuming and regularly sweeping the floor will also help clean off loose debris and reduce the amount of soil that might settle on the joints. Cleaning with a mop afterwards can remove any debris that remains, but be careful with your choice of detergents; neutral cleaners are key as extreme acidity or alkalinity can damage the sealer and the stone.
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