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The benefits of sealing sandstone in your home

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock formed from debris deposited of silica granules by wind or water.

Protecting your stone from the damaging effects of the weather and other environmental issues is one of the easiest ways to keep it looking crisp, clean and brand new for an extended period of time.

Taking the opportunity to preempt any damage is especially important with sandstone. This sedimentary rock is formed from the debris of other rocks and materials, and has a finely colored surface with hints of orange, yellow and brown spread liberally throughout.

While sandstone is one of the more beautiful stones available for use in your home, it is also one of the most fickle. By nature, sandstone is extremely porous. Water and other liquids can soak into the material within seconds, and if left for an extended period of time, can cause major damage including deodorization and efflorescence.

Therefore, taking the time to seal the material with a water or solvent-based, impregnating sealer will help you achieve the maximum amount of protection possible. Whether you use a product like STAIN-PROOF Original or a sealer that will also enhance color, such as INTENSIFIA, there are plenty of surface protection options with impregnating sealers.

Topical sealers can have the side effect of trapping moisture within the stone, which can lead to permanent damage over time. By using a high-quality impregnable sealer, you stop water from entering into the cracks and spaces in the stone. Furthermore, using a breathable sealer means moisture trapped underneath can evaporate without issue.

Ensuring that the surface is clean and free of any dirt, dust or grime will aid the sealing process. Because the sealer will repel water from the surface, any residue trapped in the pores underneath the sealer becomes difficult to remove.

Installing stone into your home is a big investment, so taking the time to make sure everything is properly installed and protected is the best way to help generate longevity for the natural beauty of the material.

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