Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sealing Natural Stone

Everyone these days likes granite counter tops and travertine (or natural stone) floors. I do too. However, they are not maintenance free. About every 18 months or so, you have to seal them. It was a long overdue job at my house. It's an easy thing to do, but also, an easy job to forget to do. For me, adding salt to the water softener is also easy to forget, don't ask me why. But I digress...
I cleared my counter tops of all my tchotchkes (trinkets and goodies), cleaned it well with stone cleaner, which can be any neutral pH cleaner. Let it dry. Get a clean cloth and wipe down the counter liberally with stone sealer. Let it soak in for 5 minutes, then wipe down the excess and buff to a smooth finish. The results are amazing. Not only do the counters glow, the water beads up and they are much easier to keep clean.
I cleaned and sealed the showers too. Removing the soap scum and mineral deposits from natural stone in the shower takes some elbow grease!
While this is easy to do on counter tops, I hire the experts to do my floors. I am not about to move furniture, slather the floors with the sealer and not buff them correctly to end up walking on a sticky goo.

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