Generally speaking, all stone surfaces used in kitchens, bathrooms or floors should be sealed for protection. Stone is naturally porous and therefore will absorb stains, spills, dirt and mould, etc. This is due to the natural structure of the stone and the same process occurs naturally when the stone is in the ground.
We highly recommend sealing these stone surfaces:
|• Marble||• Travertine||• Limestone||• Onyx|
|• Granite||• Basalt||• Bluestone||• Sandstone|
Sealing Stone Kitchens
If you have a natural stone benchtop in your kitchen you should have it sealed to protect the stone against stains, spills and general wear and tear. Mirror Image Marble offers superior kitchen stone benchtop protection with our unique product I.C. Stone Protection.
I.C. Stone Protection is a specially formulated polyester based resin that can be applied to many types of natural stone including marble, travertine and most calcium carbonate stone providing it with exceptional protection. I.C. Stone Protection is water clear and is finished in a manner that does not look artificial. It offers outstanding etch and stain proofing qualities for your natural stone surfaces.
By sealing your kitchen benches with I.C. Stone Protection you will have:
- A totally sealed surface that has outstanding stain and etch proofing qualities
- A totally hygienic surface that will not harbour bacteria or odours
- A completely smooth surface as it seals and covers open fissures, cavities, faults and joins
- A worry-free practical work surface that looks totally natural
The special stone coating can be finished to the same appearance as natural honed stone or finished to varying levels of gloss equivalent to a higher polished stone.
Whether you require stone protection in your kitchen, bathroom, bar, restaurant – whatever the domestic or commercial environment – I.C. Stone Protection offers a superior result.
Should I seal my reconstituted stone benchtop?
No. Benchtop granites such as Caesarstone, Essa Stone, Smart Stone, Quantum Quartz and other imported reconstituted stone benchtops should not require sealing.
Most brands offer a warranty and in fact some may void your warranty if you seal it. If staining does occur, first try calling the manufacturer and if you require further assistance, call us at Mirror Image to help determine the right solution for you.
Sealing Stone Surfaces in Bathrooms
Natural stone looks amazing in a bathroom and it’s important to keep it that way. Obviously the most important surfaces to protect are the shower, vanity and floor, but sealing the walls is important too.
Seal your bathroom vanities using only a high quality product such as I.C. Stone Protection. Never use cheap DIY products as you can damage the stone and you may end up paying more in the long run.
Once you’ve had your marble surfaces sealed they will be easier to maintain and, importantly, liquid cannot penetrate into the surface of the stone, rather it will bead. By sealing your stone you will reduce the amount of mould, dirt and soap scum build up which will help to minimise cleaning time.
It is particularly important to seal a marble shower as it is one of the most heavily used surfaces in the home and is in frequent contact with soaps and cleaners that can deteriorate the stone surface.
Sealing stone vanities is crucial to prevent staining from cosmetics and other personal products as well as bacterial and mould growth. Often these stains can be permanent so sealing your stone before you use your new bathroom and regularly maintaining it is very important.
It is also well worth sealing stone used on bathroom walls to prevent mould forming from with the constant exposure to condensation. This process only needs to be done once.
* Images used are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily Mirror Image Marble customers.