In Melbourne, stone sealing is generally done every 6 to 12 months depending on the type of stone.
It needs to be sealed because most stone types used for flooring and benchtops are porous and need a level of protection.
Sealing natural stone ensures that the stone surface is protected from excessive wear and tear. Once sealed, the natural stone surface will feel smooth and look shiny. When it needs some care, it will begin to lose its shine.
Does it change the look and feel of the stone surface?
Before natural stone is sealed, it is important to follow the following cleaning protocols:
Ensure there is no dust on the surface.
Clean the surface with warm soapy water.
Rise the surface completely.
Ensure the surface is completely dried – consider manually drying it as well as leaving it for a couple of days before proceeding.
Natural stone sealing in Melbourne will range depending on whether it is done yourself or by a service provider. Assuming it is completed by a professional stone sealing company, it should cost from $200 upwards, depending on the area to be sealed. It is important to note that some companies may offer lower prices for larger areas and multiple coats of sealant.
Natural stone should be sealed to ensure it is protected from wear and tear at a faster than normal rate. Failure to do so may result in extensive cracks, gouges and staining, as well as loss of shine. Sealing can be completed at relatively low prices through professional services, most likely being able to sure even better rates with larger areas or more coats of sealant.