Sealing Stone

Sealing Stone

ow to Buff Granite Countertops San Diego, CA

An often-overlooked fact in ancient Greek history is that the classic marble sculptures were actually vibrantly painted, and not left plain white as an aesthetic choice as once thought. This trend continued through the renaissance period that was in tribute to this era, becoming an art form all in its own. One interesting fact of…

Caring for marble floors

Having been used throughout history as a famously high end and luxurious building material, adorning everything from the Taj Mahal, to the ancient Egyptian pyramids and ubiquitous carved columns in Greece. To this day marble is prized for its high-class appearance, structural rigidity and unparalleled timelessness. However, all that beauty requires some rather specific maintenance…

Remove Oil Stains from Granite Countertops San Diego, CA

There’s nothing quite like that mirror-like finish on a freshly installed slab of granite, marble or other natural stone. Whether your countertops used to look like something off the cover of a home improvement magazine and have lost their shine, or you want to maintain the finish you have now, there are a few best…

Interesting Facts About Marble San Diego, CA

Looking at architecture through history, the term ‘timeless’ seems to take on a whole new meaning when it comes to marble. Dating back thousands of years to ancient Greek and Roman structures, you can still visit standing marble structures and flooring that have stood the test of time like nothing else on earth. That really…

Information About Granite And Etching

Two of the most common forms of damage to natural-stone countertops comes in the form of staining and etching. While stains are the result of a substance penetrating the pores of the stone and leaving its residue, etching is actually a chemical burn on the structure itself. Etching is often mistaken for a water stain,…

Interesting Details About Slate

Slate has been a staple building material for hundreds of years, from historical buildings in Pennsylvania sporting slate features, to now where it’s seeing a bit of a resurgence. With modern rustic design becoming huge over the last decade that seems to have risen hand-in-hand with the craft brewery boom. For a local example to…

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…

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