In Depth can apply a specialist sealing to your newly cleaned natural stone floor. Many natural stones are very porous and can be easily stained, for example by red wine and oils. To gain a general idea of how absorbent the stone is, place several drops of water on the surface of the stone and time how long it takes for the water to completely disappear. If the water disappears in under one minute, consider the stone very porous. If it takes up to 3-4 minutes, consider it porous. If it takes more than 3-4 minutes, consider it slightly porous. This simple test will also give a good indication of the quantity of sealer needed to protect the entire area.
Coatings are sealers that place a coating on top of the stone acting as a barrier to prevent water, oil and dirt from entering the pores of the stone. Although coatings are a hard finish, they can still scratch. We class these at In Depth as sacrificial coatings as they protect the floor underneath.
Impregnators (Penetrating) Sealers
Impregnators are designed to penetrate below the surface of the stone and deposit solid particles in the pores of the stone or to coat the individual minerals below the surface of the stone. Water, oil and dirt are restricted from entering the stone.
Impregnators can be solvent or water based. At In Depth we find our solvent based impregnators work very well.
In Depth have the professional training and expertise to select and apply the appropriate sealant to your natural stone floor. We can also apply an enhancing impregnator that brings dull and worn colours of the stone back to life.