Love your natural stone flooring? No doubt, selecting the right flooring that would best compliment your home was challenging. Now that you’ve settled on a flooring material it’s time to protect your investment. Unlike traditional flooring materials, natural stone requires special attention so that it keeps its natural glow. Since stone floors are especially vulnerable you’ll need to apply a sealant to ensure that it stays in intact.
Hiring a flooring expert to get the job done is great, but if it’s not in the budget it is something you can complete yourself. Here’s how you can achieve professional results when sealing your natural stone floors.
Here are some important tools you will need to get the job done:
- Stone Sealant that has been recommended for your specific stone floors
- Vacuum cleaner
- A soft bristle brush
- Residue Remover
- Pair of gloves
Before you begin sealing your stone floors you’ll have to conduct a thorough cleaning of your floors. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust. Be sure to get the corners as well. Next, use a mild cleaning solution to further clean the floors. Instead of using a mop, dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the floors until they are spotless. Using harsh materials during the cleaning process can erode the natural stone.
Use residue cleaner to remove stubborn stains. After you’ve cleaned the floors you’ll need to make sure the floors are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Next, it’s time to select a sealant that’s right for your natural stone floors and that fits your personal taste. The sealant should be derived from fluoropolymer technology. Make sure you purchase a sealant that’s compatible with your stone flooring. Do you want to achieve a glossy or matte finish? There are sealants on the market that can provide you with either look.
What type of stone flooring are you utilizing? Yes, the sealing method is largely depending on the stone type. Terracotta, limestone, and sandstone should be sealed before it’s installed and tile grouting takes place. Apply sealant to the front, back and side surfaces. Marble, travertine, and granite have to be sealed at the top and edges. These stone types can be sealed after they have been laid and grouted.
Wearing your gloves, you can apply the sealant solution with a paint brush to the floors. To create a polished look apply the sealant in the same direction. The sealant needs a couple of hours to cure. You can expect the sealant to last for at least five years before you’ll need to redo the process.
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