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Water Or Solvent Based Sealers For Natural Stone Countertops. Water Or Solvent Based Sealers For Natural Stone Countertops.

Pinnacle Stone Restoration.

Elena Ebanoidze

February 24th 2018

So you just got your beautiful new stone countertops put in, and they look great! Or,
maybe you’re just wanting to prevent your countertops from flaws. Either way,
Pinnacle Stone Restoration recommends using a sealer on you stone, no matter the kind.
It’s also important to understand the unique aspects of every kind of stone, meaning,
no two stones are the same.. This is why it’s important to know which sealer is best
for you.

Evaluating your needs

Choosing the right sealer for you is almost all consisted of what you’re personally
looking for at the end, and also what kind of surface, and where you’re using it. It’s
not necessarily that one kind of sealer, (in this case, solvent or water based) is better
than the other, it’s mostly the circumstance it’s being used in, each sealer has its
own perks and cons, and it might just be personal preference that determines the
perfect fit for you.

Solvent Sealers:

Solvent based sealers are known as more durable, and better for outdoor (and
indoor) use. Solvent based sealers offer a deeper penetration, and can be
cross-linked. As well as share the common easy application with water based sealers.
Solvent based sealers flash off quickly during application, and have a strong odor
that lingers after being applied before it can fully dispare. although this application is
more complicated, it is still easy to apply. Like mentioned before, personal
preference plays a role in choosing a sealer. Whether you want an environmentally
friendly and safe sealer is also one of them.. Solvent based sealers are high in VOC
(Volatile Organic Compounds), this is a toxin that react to form ground-level ozone.
Being exposed to this chemical for too long can be dangerous, but these chemicals
are common. Although this kind of sealer is convenient in protecting your surface
long term, it is known to be more expensive, and need to be chosen wisely, or these
effects like gloss can be worn off. Overall, this kind of sealer is good for one’s looking
for a deep penetration and a lot of protection.

Water Sealers:

Water based Sealers, (when applied) undergo a natural evaporation progress, and
leave little to no odor. Application is known to be quicker and less complicated than
Solvent based Sealers. These types of sealers are not commonly able to be
crosslinked, and are non-flammable. This kind of sealer is also best for schools,
hospitals, and workplaces because of its Eco-friendliness. Water Sealers have little to
no VOC emitted from them, and, again leave no odor, meaning a quick and easy
recovery application. As this sealer is slightly more affordable, it also is a more natural
and healthy approach to sealing countertops, but of course being less penetrating,
only penetrating a deep as water does absorbed into the desired surface.

Ideal Properties of Sealer:

When applied carefully and properly, sealers can prevent stains, and protect your
surface from any damaging properties. Sealers are used to improve longevity in your
stone, making sure it stays in good condition and quality. The importance of
choosing the right sealer can affect these benefits.

How Impregnating Sealers work:

Essentially, a sealer is used to fill imperfections in stone. The porous surfaces absorb
substances, creating stains. By filling these pores with the molecules in a sealer, the
stains can be avoided. The most important part of choosing a sealer is making sure it
goes well with the type of stone you are sealing. Less dense stones, like Marble,
Limestone, and Travertine, most likely need a water based sealer, since they are less
dense, they have more to fill. In a water based sealer, molecules are larger, thus filling
larger pores in the stone. On the other hand, stone like granite might need a solvent
sealer. The molecules in this type of sealer are significantly smaller. In stones like
granite, (more dense) there are smaller pores to fill, meaning the sealer with the
smaller molecules is needed. If the sealer to stone match is not right, it can lead to
the surface being hazy and unnatural. By using the right sealer, you can ensure the
ideal properties for your stone.

Caring for a sealed stone:

Each sealer has a recommended amount of time before reapplication, this is why
you might want to get the most out of you current sealing. Making sure you follow
directions for a sealer is obviously key, but it also can mean using the right cleaner
with your stone. A natural stone cleaner is best for any sealed surface, because it is
free of the ruining chemicals in other cleaners. Cleaners with harsh chemicals can
wear away you sealer, eventually breaking it down. This is why it’s important to either
use the cleaner recommended by the brand of sealer, or looking into natural and
safe cleaners for your stone.

Overall, using a sealer can be a major benefit to making sure your
stone can be as healthy as possible, if done right. By using the
right sealer, and understanding the types, and basic fundamentals
of Stone sealers, the health of your stone is guaranteed.