Sealers Vs. Enhancing Sealers

Many of our customers are confused when it comes to the differences between regular sealers vs. enhancing sealers. Since we have a large customer base that are do-it-yourselfers or homeowners in the process of renovating, we often hear that magical question, “how do I get that wet look”?

There are 2 different kinds of “wet” looks. Most of the time, that description refers to the darkening of the stone that brings out the natural color. Less often, the customer is talking about a gloss which is a topical sealer (meaning it does not penetrate the stone).

If you are looking the deepen the color of the stone, then you are probably in the market for an enhancing sealer. An enhancing sealer will both protect the stone from penetrating agents like greases and oils while altering the natural look of the stone (see sample images below). All of the major sealant companies produce an enhancing sealer like Aqua Mix Stone Enhancer, StoneTech Enhancer and Enhancer Pro (water base vs. solvent base) and Miracle Seal & Enhance.

Regular sealers will protect from external elements but will not change the look or feel of the stone. Sealers can be purchased as a water based product or a solvent based product. Water based sealers penetrate the stone and may be better for areas where food is prepared. A solvent based sealer is a finer product which will penetrate deeper and should be used in high traffic areas that are subject to weather or moisture.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at store@stonetooling.com or call us during our business hours at 888-965-6577.

We Show You How To Spackle Travertine

In our latest video, we show you how to spackle travertine in order to fill unsightly holes or pores. This process takes only about 15-20 minutes and requires a few inexpensive products.

How can I tell if my granite needs to be sealed?

A very basic question that surely every fabricator knows the answer to but is asked a lot by homeowners. The best way to determine if your granite counter tops should be sealed is by sprinkling a bit of water on to the surface of the stone and observe what happens. If the stone absorbs the water, than you should start looking into sealers. If the water beads up (as shown in the image) than the stone is not absorbing the water and your sealer is fine for the time being.

Water Beading On Granite

Some of the more popular manufactures of sealer include Miracle Sealants, Aqua Mix, and Dupont’s StoneTech Professional.

How Often Should I Seal My Stone?

A very common question we get from homeowners is “how often should we seal our stone?”. As far as sealing goes, there are many people who are not even aware that their stone needs to be sealed. To prolong the life and health of your stone, it should be sealed at least once a year and this may vary depending on the amount of traffic or use the stone gets.

Applying a sealer is an easy way to make sure your stone looks great and lasts long. Many of the popular brands of sealer include Dupont’s SoneTech, Aqua Mix and Miracle Sealants. Sealers can be applied by anyone but instructions on the bottle should be followed closely.