Step by Step: How to Get a Perfect Limestone Sealing
Limestone actually is not a commonly preferred material for countertops in the kitchen because it is more sensitive, softer and porous than marble or granite. Kitchen is the place where you cook. The ingredients like soft drinks and juices, fruits and other foods, even though they are organic, include a certain level of acid, which is very dangerous for limestone surfaces. The acidity cause severe damages and deep scratches on limestone and limestone can easily absorb oils and other types of liquids, so it can easily get stained. Therefore limestone should be protected against such matters.
Sealing is one of the most efficient ways to protect the limestone against what we list above. In this post, we explain the sealing processes for limestone step by step, which will be a perfect guide for you if you use limestone countertops in your kitchen.
The Easiest Steps of Limestone Sealing
You should make sure that the countertop needs a sealing at all. Examine the surface as the first step. Some types of limestone are naturally stain resistant and do not need sealing. Get into contact with a professional if needed. And get ready to have a glossier look than before since the sealant will probably make the surface shiny.
Get a proper sealant for limestone. There are several types of sealants which are available in stores, which can make you a little bit confused. Get one which is favorable for limestone surfaces. If you are in doubt or cannot make sure about it, get help from the sales assistant. They will enjoy helping you.
The sealant must be high quality. We do not suggest using a cheap sealant just because it is affordable. Sometimes you have to pay more for getting better results. Cheaper ones might seem to be logical at first but you will see the benefits of using a higher quality product. You will not need to re-apply the sealant if you use a high quality product, which makes it more affordable than the cheaper one.
Clean the limestone countertop in order for it to be ready for sealant application. Sealing application on a dirty surface will give a horrible result so you’d better be careful. There should be no dust or stain on the surface to be sealed. And remember: Do not ever use a descaling agent to clean the limestone countertop! The mixture of water and soup would be enough. And make sure that you rinse the area and dry it. Or you can purchase soft cleaning sprays from the stores. The spray cleaners are much easier to apply. You just spray it, wait for a few minutes and rinse the area.
Follow the instructions on the sealant box. You might need extra tools (such as brush etc.) in order to apply it. So, you should read the instructions while you are on the store and buy all the tools that you need. A brush is usually enough. Apply a thin coat of sealant and let it dry for a certain time period (should be stated in the instructions). After the sealant is dry, check the surface. If you have the result than you desire, you are done. But if you want a shinier look, apply the sealant until you get the desired look.
You should use Color-Enhancing sealant for dark colored limestone. We are sure that you do not want any signs of discoloration on the limestone countertop. This kind of sealant will help the color to stay vivid and strong and also will add a little bit of shine to the countertops.
Here you go! You are done with sealing. Now your limestone countertop is more durable against stains and discoloration.