Now your stone floor is looking immaculate I’m sure you want the best advice possible to keep it this way. Sealing or impregnating is a very strong recommendation for this.
We provide various different types of sealers and impregnators depending on the type of stone we are dealing with and the kind of finish you want, and again we will give you the best advice possible to ensure you get the right one for you.
The benefit of sealing/impregnating is predominantly to prevent any spillages penetrating your stone and leaving a permanent stain. A protective finish will protect your stone and create a barrier to avoid such mishaps.
With a protective finish applied to your stone floor, any spillages that occur can be soaked up with some kitchen towel rather than soaking into the stone immediately. Also with a protected stone, general maintenance can be a lot easier.
Natural stone has a special appeal that means when you install a new floor, or restore your floor back to a former glory and it can be tempting to keep the floors natural look. However, because stone is porous, it requires either a sealer or impregnator for protection. Using a sealer will make maintenance simpler and easier, creating an easy to wipe surface.
The type of seal coats you use, and the number of applications will define the finish of the floor.
Although, the first coat will soak into the floor; the second and third coat will make the surface stand proud of the surface, meeting the skirting board and creating an easy to clean surface. The more coats of seal you apply the shinier it will become.
For instance, two or three coats of natural stone sealer will produce a matt finish whereas four to six coats will leave a silk finish. If you want anything shinier still then a natural gloss product can be used.
Impregnators on the other hand are very different, the impregnator is designed to penetrate the stone and protect from within. So it will supply an invisible coating which will repel any potential containments such as spills.
So the difference between seals and impregnators, is that a seal will, after a number of coats, develop a topical finish which sits on the surface of the stone. And an impregnator will penetrate the stone and protect from within, not the surface.
So generally the impregnator won’t change the appearance of the stone, but a seal will slightly change the appearance of it.