Sealing Stone

Sealing Stone

How to disinfect your granite and other natural stone

In this continually changing landscape of health concerns, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on best health practices — especially when dealing with food-prep surfaces such as your countertops. When it comes to natural-stone surfaces in particular, there are more considerations in terms of cleaning, disinfecting and caring for than with other materials….

Waiting After Sealing Granite Countertops San Diego, CA

When you install granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, periodic sealing is something you’ll have to get used to if you want to protect your investment against stains and etches and keep it looking like new. A sealant application is the final step of the countertop installation process. Once this is completed, resealing will…

Care for Countertops Made of Travertine San Diego, CA

Travertine is one of those natural stones that happen to be more popular than most people realize. In fact, some people think marble and limestone are synonymous with travertine, and this isn’t completely inaccurate. Both marble and travertine can be considered limestone because of the high concentration of calcite minerals, but their geological formation processes…

Resealing Natural Stone & Granite San Diego, CA

When real estate listings make news headlines, it’s either because they’re historic, spectacular, or expensive. With regard to the latter two, you can almost always expect to find natural stone as part of the property description being highlighted. In September 2019, a Chicago home designed by George Frederick Keck in 1936 was listed for $3.5…

Reasons to Seal Travertine Flooring San Diego, CA

Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock usually found in geological sites where geothermal activity resulted in the concentration of calcium carbonate within groundwater pools. It’s common in hot spring areas where mineralization processes formed mounds and terraces. Ancient masonry workshops in the Roman Empire preferred to work with travertine when building parts of monumental…

How Frequently Should You Seal Natural-Stone Countertops San Diego, CA

When you travel to the Tuscany region in Italy, you’ll notice marble can be found in numerous public and commercial spaces. After all, this is where the legendary Carrara quarries are located, but you may also be surprised to learn that many of the floors and countertops at Tuscan airports, restaurants, and shopping centers are…

Seal a Marble Shower San Diego, CA

In 2019, a couple of high-profile property listings caught the attention of people who follow the world of celebrity real estate in Manhattan. One was a Chelsea loft once owned by Lance Bass, a former member of the boy band known as NSYNC, and the other was a large SoHo condominium unit formerly owned by…

How to Clean Different Natural Stone San Diego, CA

Not all types of natural stone are created equal. For example, igneous rocks are formed by plutonic and volcanic processes that start out as magma before numerous minerals solidify and crystallize by means of pressure or cooling down. Sedimentary rocks such as sandstone are formed by detritus, precipitation, and chemical reactions. Metamorphic rocks such as…

What if Stone Isn't Sealed San Diego, CA

The importance of frequently sealing natural-stone surfaces is something archaeologists and architectural restoration experts know very well. In Rome, centuries of acid rain falling on the numerous marble columns around the historical city have taken a painful archaeological toll. The same can be said about ancient Mayan ruins, particularly those located closer to the heavily…

Tips for Sealing Marble Countertops San Diego, CA

Whether you choose to install marble in your house or inherit this natural stone from a previous homeowner, you won’t be able to get around the need for maintenance, which means frequent applications of sealant. Should you neglect caring for your stone, the consequences will be unsightly: hard-to-remove stains could appear and continue to get…

How to Use Stone Sealer San Diego, CA

A little-known fact about classic sculptures from the Renaissance period is that artists chose to leave their white marble surfaces unpainted because they thought this was an aesthetic from ancient Greece. In reality, those sculptures were originally painted in very colorful schemes, but the primitive paint had fallen off by the time they were unearthed…

Sealing Outdoor Stone

As one of the oldest construction materials still in use today, natural stone can be found in many outdoor structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World all featured natural stone, and this inspired Roman and later Italian architects to continue using limestone, travertine, marble, granite, and other metamorphic rocks to build ancient and magnificent…

What Happens If You Neglect Sealing Stone Counters

It’s important to seal granite, marble, and other porous natural stone often to keep liquids from seeping into the stone and causing damage. The more porous the stone, the easier it is for damage and stains to occur. The good news is sealing your countertops is easier than you might think. With the right stone-safe…

Water Test

At Granite Gold®, we believe you can never seal your granite too often for superior protection against stains, dullness, and etching. Still, it’s important to recognize when your granite needs to be sealed in case the existing coat has worn off. Some types of granite are also more porous than others and need more frequent…

How to Reseal Granite Countertops

Sealing your granite countertops regularly protects the granite from stains, etches, and other damage. The good news is sealing granite is an easy do-it-yourself project. Many homeowners seal their granite counters once or twice a year, although you can seal them more regularly if you wish because it is not possible to over-seal natural stone. Here…

How Often Granite Counters be Sealed

In its natural form, granite is already strong, durable, and attractive. However, despite having a low permeability, granite that has not been sealed properly can embed germs and moisture, which are variables that do not bode well on food preparation surfaces. It is important to properly clean and maintain granite countertops. Frequency of Sealing and…

Sealed Vs. Unsealed Granite Countertop

If you are a homeowner looking to boost the value of your property, installing granite countertops is one of the better strategies. Granite surfaces offer more than just aesthetics. If cared for properly, they can also withstand scratches, dents, heat, spills, and stains. As a residential building and finishing material, granite was introduced at very…

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Just seven days to go, and it’s officially spring. OK, we know many of you are still waiting for all the snow to melt, but with March 20 just around the corner, we can all be hopeful for more sunshine and the sights, sounds and smells of spring’s fresh air. In putting together our tips…

Summer Entertaining Tips

Summer is finally here, and in our house that means our kitchen is busier than ever with three children enjoying the endless rotation of meals, snacking and activities that make our kitchen the hub of every summer vacation. With all the fresh produce available in summer, it isn’t hard to find healthy snacking options, but…

Coryanne Ettiene Tackles Spring Cleaing

The moment we can finally open the windows and get a slight hint of fresh air in the house is the moment when the gloves come on in our home. I must admit, I often bite off more than I can chew when it comes to spring cleaning.  I find myself buried under a cleaning…

Ask the expert

So many of us love the design feature that a natural stone counter can bring to our kitchen, but often find ourselves confused on how best to care for them – and keep our kitchen surfaces ready for everything we throw at them.  If your kitchen is anything like mine, it is a battleground of cooking,…

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