What has water ever done for my stone?
Natural stone enthusiasts and owners have something of a love-hate relationship. Yes, true, it's a life-sustaining substance without which our natural environment would dry up and all life on our planet would cease to be.
On the other hand, dedicated readers of Surfacepedia are familiar with the kind of havoc water can wreak on natural stone surfaces. Let's briefly go through it, shall we?
Water: The nemesis of stone?
Water can damage stone in a number of ways. For one, it can seep through the surface of the stone, and eventually cause freeze-thaw spalling on an otherwise gorgeous material. When the temperature drops, the water particles solidify, pushing apart the stone and causing cracks.
In more humid climates, meanwhile, it can lead to the formation of mold. This is not only hazardous to your health, but can leave your precious marble or limestone tiles with unattractive stains.
With this kind of resume, is it any wonder that natural stone owners don't look at water with as much friendliness as the rest of us?
…or stone's saving grace?
It's not all a one-sided story, however. Water is not solely a hindrance to the existence of natural stone – in fact, sometimes, it can be exactly the opposite.
Take Dry-Treat's Ole-Repella™, for instance. Like the rest of Dry-Treat's range, it's an impregnating, invisible, breathable sealer that provides premium surface protection for natural stone against a variety of substances.
But what sets Ole-Repella™ apart from the rest of the Dry-Treat range is that it's a water-based sealer. Water or solvent carries the sealing molecules into the stone, then evaporates. Not only can it then penetrate chemically stronger stone types, but it's also a healthier choice if you're worried about the effects of chemicals in the home.
So next time you feel the urge to curse water, remember that it's not all bad news for your stone. In some cases, it can even be better.