To seal is to protect, and porous natural stone and cement-based grout need to be sealed if you want to extend their lifetimes and keep them clean and beautiful.
No. A sealer is not a solid, plastic-like barrier that keeps out all elements. Think of sealer as a breathable layer of protection, like wearing a jacket into harsh
weather. If you go out in a Seattle downpour without wearing a jacket, you'll get cold and wet very fast. If you wear a good coat, you'll still get wet eventually, but it will take
a lot longer for the water to soak through your coat and get to you. Sealers are similar: a layer of protection against outside damage, but not impenetrable.
Sealers provide a good barrier against stains, but if (for example) you let spilled grape juice or vinegar sit on your granite countertops or travertine floors long enough, they will eat through the seal and damage/stain your stone.
Cement-based grout has pigments that can sink into the pores of your stone and stain it. Below are several Philadelphia Travertine samples that were grouted before they were sealed. You can clearly see how the grout has tinted the stone and changed its look.
All of our sealers are easy to apply.
Pour a small amount of sealer out into a bowl. Using a sponge or clean cloth, rub the sealer evenly onto the surface of the stone and/or grout (you don't need to seal any surface you won't see when the project is finished, like the sides or back of your tiles). Buff off excess (when to start buffing varies from sealer to sealer, usually after 3-5 minutes), and allow to fully dry.
Many people think they'll have to reseal their stone every 6 months or every year, which is only the case if you purchase a topical sealer that sits on the surface and wears off quickly. However, a high-quality penetrating sealer such as Sealer's Choice Gold or Enrich 'n' Seal will last up to 15 years! A penetrating sealer will sink into the stone to provide a deep, long-lasting seal, while a topical sealer will sit on the surface and can wear off more quickly.
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