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Mark Your Calendars, It’s Time to Seal Your Natural Stone & Grout!

Mark Your Calendars, It’s Time to Seal Your Natural Stone & Grout!

If you’ve spent the money to add natural stone and/or products that require grout to your kitchen or bathroom it’s important that you take the necessary steps to maintain those products, so that they last a lifetime! Many homeowners are unaware that they need to maintain their natural stone and grout. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about keeping your natural stone and grout looking brand new, year after year!

Grout

cleaning-grout
We know that you don’t want your grout looking old and dirty! The only way to protect your grout from that is to reseal it regularly! Grout is a porous product, which means liquids can seep in if it’s not cleaned right away. Liquids with color, such as fruit juice, tea and coffee, leave color embedded in the grout once the liquid evaporates, resulting in deep-set stains. Grout sealers protect against stains by either coating or penetrating, and some guard against water infiltration. In order to keep your grout looking as nice as the day it was installed we recommend resealing your grout once a year. While that might seem like an overwhelming amount of work for a homeowner, it’s actually pretty quick and easy.
You can visit the place where your tile was purchased and ask about grout sealers. You will want to buy a grout sealer that has an applicator brush at the end, this will make the sealing process much quicker for you. To seal the grout, you would take the applicator brush and follow the grout lines; applying just enough to the surface of the grout to cover it and allow it to soak in. If you are sealing grout on a flooring area we would suggest using gardening knee pads (if you have them) or something soft to place under your knees as you are working.

Natural Stones

Natural stones are another product that should be maintained regularly. Depending on the type of natural stone in your home and your cleaning habits you can get away with only sealing your natural stone once every 6 months to 2 years. It’s crucial to keep your natural stone clean between sealings.

Granite

If you have Granite countertops the below video will walk you through the resealing process, starting with how to clean them properly. We recommend using a good quality stone cleaner such as (Weiman Granite & Stone Cleaner).

If you have Marble countertops you can use a baking soda and water mixture, along with a soft cloth to clean your countertops before resealing them. You will want to use 1 quart of warm water for every 3 tablespoons of baking soda.

The below video provides step-by-step instructions for cleaning your Granite and Marble surfaces.


If you have additional questions about sealing your grout or natural stone products please feel free to give us a call at (703) 755-0479. The most important thing to do is mark your calendars so that you remember to do this very important yearly maintenance to keep your surfacing and flooring looking as good as new!

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