Seals and waxes that are applied to stone floors nowadays are better than they have ever been, they look better, the protection levels are far superior to what they were 10/15/20 years ago and they generally last a lot longer, but they don’t last forever.
We have an array of water and solvent based seals for various types of stone. “Tight” stones like polished limestone or marble require a thinner seal as the they’re not quite as absorbent, so we tend to opt for solvent based seals. Honed stone without a finish such as unpolished travertine or slate absorb a lot more so we can use a thicker, water-based seal. The seal is applied to the surface of the stone, allowed to soak for 5-10 minutes and then any excess is buffed off using specialist buffing pads and machinery, a second coat may be necessary if the stone drinks the seal.
We care about our client’s floors like they’re our own and want you to be proud of your stone floor. Once the stone has been cleaned and restored to an ‘as new’ condition, it is imperative that you have it sealed to protect it from dirt, soiling, stains and spillages, all of which will deteriorate the condition and appearance of your stone floor. We would then suggest that you have a professional stone restoration company, like ourselves, come and carry out a maintenance clean annually. Whilst the floor is having a maintenance clean, the seal can be inspected to make sure it is doing what it’s supposed to be doing and hasn’t worn out, which will happen eventually and faster in high traffic areas.
As I mentioned earlier, seals are much better quality nowadays and if you use a tile & stone cleaning company like us they will
more than likely utilise “impregnating seals” which soak into the stone and protect the stone by creating an internal barrier but still allowing the stone to breath and any moisture that might be present beneath the floor is still allowed to pass as a vapour. The other form of seal is a “topical seal” which is plastered on the top of the stone, creates a rubber like finish on the floor, doesn’t allow the stone to breath properly and will also wear in the traffic areas, drastically altering the appearance of the floor. When it comes round to re-sealing, a topical seal has to be completely stripped off and replaced, big £££ every time. With an impregnator, it can simply be topped up.
Have your seal inspected annually if you want to protect your floor and your investment, it may not need sealing, but it’s not going to take much from a stone cleaning company like ourselves, to find out.. A beautiful stone floor that looks great is a huge focal point of a property and can be a big selling point, if you ever come to selling your home. We were recently called in to deep clean, polish and seal a huge limestone floor for someone who was trying to sell their house but viewers were put off by the floor as it looked dull, had numerous chips and had various stains because it hadn’t been sealed for 12 years. Look after your stone floor and it will grace your home, year after year. If you’re looking for a stone cleaning and restoration company in Essex to look after your floor, please get in touch, we’d love to help.
Thanks for reading.
Chris – Head Technician at Powerdean Floor Maintenance.