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 soaked very
quickly. 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 they do not protect against chemical damage.
Sealer will delay some chemical damage and prevent a lot of staining, but you must still clean up spills and use the proper daily cleaners to keep your stone or grout pristine.
Seal your stone before grouting! 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 tinted the stone and permanently changed its look.
All of our sealers are easy to apply!
You can also use our Spray On Sealer to cover large areas or heavily-textured stone.
If using a solvent-based sealer, make sure that you have good airflow and that all pets and children are kept out of the area during the application. If you are sensitive to scents/solvent fumes, get a water-based sealer such as H2O Plus.
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 can last for 10+ years!
A penetrating sealer will sink into the stone to provide a deep, long-lasting seal (appx. 10-20 years), while a topical sealer will sit on the surface and wear off more quickly (appx. 1-5 years).
This is our favorite way to test your stone, tile, or grout to see if it needs to be re-sealed or if you need a second (or third!) coat of sealer.
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Miracle 511 H2O Plus Sealer
Miracle 511 Impregnator
Miracle 511 Spray On Grout Sealer
Miracle 511 Seal & Enhance
Miracle High-Gloss Finish Sealer
Miracle 511 Kleen & Reseal
Miracle Finish Sealer Stripper
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1531 Central Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
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