Marble is one of the most beautiful natural stones in the world. With so many color and style options, there is something for any look or need. However, some people are worried about owning marble. They worry that they will damage it or that they will not know how to take care of it. The good news is that Fuller Stone Care is here to help with all marble care. Read on to get more information about how to take care of marble and then reach out to us at 855-205-0972 if you need professional assistance.
Is it necessary to seal marble?
It looks beautiful in its natural state, but the truth is that marble is porous and anything that is spilled on it can be absorbed into the stone. Whatever has been soaked in can react with the minerals inside the marble. As one example, if you spill water on the marble then it will react with the stone’s calcium, which leaves etch marks. If you spill something dark such as red wine or coffee, then you can count on it staining. Sealants reduce the pore size so that spills are easier to clean up before they damage anything.
How often do I need to polish and seal my marble?
We recommend that you seal your marble once a year. However, there are exceptions. For example, if the marble is in a home or place where it is hardly ever used or walked on, then you may need to seal it less frequently. Your marble sealant company can give you a more exact answer. Likewise, how frequently you need to polish it will vary based on how it is used and cared for. It will ear faster in higher traffic areas or areas that have grit.
Which type of sealant should be used?
When it comes to properly sealing marble, it is essential that a penetrating marble sealer is used – not a topical sealer. When you use a penetrating sealer it actually gets into the pores of the stone and offers plenty of protecting while still allowing the stone to breath. On the other hand, a topical sealer simply sits on top of the stone and can turn dull or hazy.
However, both oil-based and water-based sealers work equally well, provided they are penetrating sealers. That said, water-based sealers are both more eco-friendly and seal much more quickly.
Will sealing prevent marble from staining at all?
No. Nothing can make marble – or any stone – stain-proof. However, it does significantly slow down how quickly liquids are absorbed into it. If your stoned is unsealed and you spill coffee on it, you can expect it to begin staining instantly. On the other hand, if you have sealed it, you will have time to grab a towel and clean it up before it stains.