All the ways of water damage
Water has the potential to damage natural stone. There, we said it. But it’s not the end of the world.
Knowing is half the battle, and when you know how water damage can commonly happen to your stone, the better you’ll be at implementing stone and tile protection.
Keep a close eye on these areas next time you’re getting ready to seal your stone with an impregnable, water-repelling sealer like Dry-Treat’s STAIN-PROOF Original™.
Tile grout in the shower
Putting natural stone in just about any part of your bathroom is a great way to make it look warm, inviting and sophisticated. But that also leaves it vulnerable to water damage, particularly if your bathroom uses stone tiles.
Water can seep into the cracks between tiles and within the grout itself, both by being sprayed and sprinkled onto the stone surface and through the steam that’s a common result of long, warm showers in the winter time. Before you know it, you’re looking at loose tiles everywhere.
Remember how we mentioned STAIN-PROOF Original™ earlier? The deep-penetrating, impregnating sealer? Well fortunately, it’s designed to work as effectively on grout as on natural stone, so you can keep your tiles in one piece.
Even in the warmest, most pleasant climates, you’re going to get some rain. If you’re using natural stone in your outdoor area – whether on the patio, on a stone walkway or perhaps as the very material your house is built from – water can seep through your stone surface and erode it from the inside.
Just be sure you choose the right sealer. If it’s a brick house you’re wanting to protect, keep in mind DRY-TREAT 40SK might be a better fit for preventing ingress into such a surface.
If you live in a humid climate, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the unpleasant nature of living in sticky conditions. This can create a build up of mold in your living space, which can be a health hazard, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noting its links to skin irritation, fever and even lung infections.
But it’s also a hazard to your natural stone, with the potential for unsightly stains to build up, whether it’s a limestone or marble surface.
Try and keep your home well-ventilated and invest in a dehumidifier, if you want to prevent this.
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