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To Seal or not to seal, that is the question!

“It just makes sense” to seal your stone….

The Marble Institute of America states on their website that, “…it makes sense to seal marble and granite countertops with a quality sealer.”  We agree!  We believe that if the sealer is high quality, all stone surfaces can benefit from sealing.  Even darker stones and quartz that are less likely to show visible stains, are rendered dull and lifeless as water, oils and other contaminants slowly leave behind mineral deposits and cloudy residue.  The right sealer will not only protect stone from staining and etching, but can enhance the natural beauty of the stone, making cleaning much easier.

What about darker stones and quartz products?

 The right sealer will not only protect stone from staining and etching, but can enhance the natural beauty of the stone, making cleaning much easier.

We all can agree that light stones become visibly discolored and stained by wine and berries, but what about dark stones?   While dark stones tend to be less porous, they are still affected by outside contaminants.   A quality sealer can keep the stone beautiful and make it easy to appreciate its natural beauty.  (See the picture at the bottom of the page as example of unsealed dark stone.) When sealed appropriately, the stone will be enhanced and protected.  Maintenance will become simple, the stone will be smoother and it will no longer be impossible to wipe off fingerprints and smearing.

Can a sealer protect my stone from etching?

It most cases, no.  If you look at your stone in the light, you may see rough patches and rings on its surface.  These are marks caused by “etching”.   Stones can “etch” when an acid come in contact with its surface, and calcite containing stones are more susceptible than other stones.  This contact with acid can be caused by something as simple as leaving a glass of orange juice on the stone or using the wrong type of cleaners.

What is the Truth?
With the market becoming more saturated with granite and natural stone sealers and aftercare products, the decision about the right sealer has become as cloudy for consumers as their unsealed counter tops!

Phoenix Stone Soultions believes the sealing of stone countertops and floors provides a great benefit to the consumer.  In our minds, the question is not, “Do we use a sealer?”, but, “Which sealer should we offer to our clients?”

When our company decided to offer sealing as a service, providing the highest quality sealer on the market was a must.  We looked at many different sealers and spoke to many countless professionals in the natural stone field.  We researched and researched again.  We are now the exclusive Triangle applicators of Granite Shield, a unique and PERMANENT SEALER.

The Proof is in the warranty!

We can’t put anything in a client’s home that we wouldn’t put in our own home, so we really did our homework. The warranty that Granite Shield provides speaks for itself. We have read countless warranties from many other companies, and nothing even touches Granite Shield’s warranty. We really believe we have found the best sealer for our clients, both residential and corporate.
– Chris and Caroline Phoenix, Owners of Phoenix Stone Solutions

The consumer needs to know that typical sealers that can be bought over the counter or are applied to the stone at installation will not actually protect the stone from getting stained.  These sealers really only slow down the staining process.  The best way to know the truth about a sealer is to read the warranty.  Many consumers have a false sense of security with their stone.  If the warranty and care instructions still tell you to clean up spills immediately, you may not be as protected as you think.

Note: Even if a company’s sealer is said to be a “lifetime sealer”, most companies require that you use their products or maintain the stone in a certain way in order for the warranty to be upheld.  Granite Shield’s warrantydoes not require that the consumer use specific products or have routine maintenance to uphold their warranty.

Unlike other sealers on the market, the sealing process we use does protect granite from etching 100% and provides calcite containing stones such as marble and travertine up to 80% protection from etching.

Test your stone to see if it is absorbing water.

Simply place a small pool of water on your stone surface.  Leave it there for a while.  If your stone immediately soaks up the water, you should consider a quality sealer immediately.  If your stone darkens or soaks up the water after 5-10 minutes, you should still consider sealing quickly.  Remember that water dries, but leaves behind mineral deposits in the stone that will leave it dull over time.

Unsealed Dark Stone  Stone Protected with Granite Shield

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