If you are wondering what happens if you don’t maintain your stone surfaces you are not alone. Many people think that stone floors, benches and tiles don’t need to be resealed. This is because there is potentially no knowledge that stone surfaces such as; marble, granite, sandstone and travertine need to be sealed in the first place. This would be the case if you have purchased an older home that came with stone floors. You may not even consider that they need stone sealing.
Now that we know about stone sealing, or that it is a thing to do or have done. Let’s talk about what happens if you don’t seal the stone or use a stone sealing expert to check the surfaces.
Stone is Porous
Firstly, there are many different types of stone that are used for multiple purposes throughout a home. You can have outdoor sandstone pavements, marble floors, granite benchtops or stone tiles on the bathroom. Each of these stone types is more porous than the other. Sandstone is very porous, whereas marble is not as porous. This means that the less porous stone is less susceptible to liquids seeping through the pores. Outdoor surfaces are maybe more porous so that water will easily seep into them.
If you have recently bought a home that has stone surfaces, contact a local stone sealing service to get a quote. If you don’t have the surfaces checked by a professional, you may end up having to pay a lot of money for replacement costs due to erosion, cracks and staining. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
If you spill water on the stone surface, the water seeps into it and weakens the composition, this leads to erosion and hefty replacement costs. If the water does not clean off easily, you may need stone sealing.
Loss of Sheen
The sheen is the shine that you see on marble floors and granite benches, with continued use, over time this sheen will be lost. This is an indication that the surface needs to be sealed again.
Discolouration means that the stone loses its beautiful original colour. Stone sealing protects the stone from harmful UV rays from the sun. The sun can discolour natural stone surfaces.
Scratches and etches will occur when sharp items are dragged across the surface. If you don’t have the stone sealed, etching and scratching will eventually destroy the beauty and usability.
This happens when there has been water left on top of the stone surface. When the water seeps into the stone and evaporates, it leaves behind an ugly white powdery substance that is difficult to clean off if you neglect to have stone sealing.
As you can see, it is quite important to make sure you have stone sealing done to your beautiful stone surfaces in your home or outside pavements. If you are not sure if you need sealing, contact an expert in your local area to find out more.