MORE Surface Care - Jan 6 2020
The 3 Convincing Reasons Why You Should Seal Your Stone Countertops Today
Natural stone countertops are a breathtaking addition to any home. They add beautiful color, shine, and personality to kitchens everywhere.
But, these beautiful surfaces are often susceptible to the most wear and tear of any space within the home. There are spills, drops, and constant use that weigh down on a countertop.
Natural stone may begin to lose its color, shine, and hygiene if it is not taken care of properly.
The only way to truly protect and preserve a stone countertop is to seal it. Stone sealers, like the popular ones from MORE™ Surface Care may be the solution you need to make sure your beautiful countertops last a lifetime.
Reason 1: Irreversible Staining
Natural stone is a porous material. This means there are microscopic holes in the stone that allow liquids, bacteria, air, and other substances to penetrate the surface and accumulate over time.
This is vital information because if colored liquids like red wine, coffee, tomato juice, mustard, citrus, or many others spill onto an unsealed natural stone countertop, they will begin to stain the surface over time.
The beautiful hues of a countertop will be irreversibly eroded.
Sealing a natural stone countertop completely prevents staining.
Essentially, sealing natural stone surfaces fills the porous holes and prevents liquids and other substances from soaking into the stone.
The power of stone sealant can be displayed with a quick test — simply drip some water onto the surface of a countertop. If the countertop is sealed, the water will bead and can be wiped away easily and quickly.
If the countertop is not sealed, the water will visibly begin to soak into the surface instead of pooling on top.
You can visit this website to learn more about this simple test and how it can help you see how much sealer your specific countertop needs.
Reason 2: Harmful Germ & Bacteria Buildup
In the same ways that colorful liquids can soak into natural stone and cause staining, harmful germs and bacteria can soak into the surface and have massive repercussions.
Germs and bacteria are constantly being passed onto countertops from dirty hands, sneezes, germy purses and backpacks, and so much more.
Kitchen countertops are some of the germiest surfaces in the home. In one powerful survey it was revealed that 10% of kitchen sponges have salmonella and an overwhelming amount of dishrags carry E. coli and other fecal based bacteria.
In many cases, it would probably be more hygienic to make a salad on your toilet seat than on the kitchen counter.
While stone itself doesn’t nourish bacteria, food preparation or spills on stone countertops can leave moisture and traces of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in the stone pores that bacteria can thrive and grow on.
If these germs and bacteria are soaking deep into the porous stone, it’s actually impossible to clean and disinfect the unsealed stone completely. There will always be harmful germs lurking just beneath the surface.
As it does for staining, a stone sealant closes the pores and ensures that bacteria and germs can’t even penetrate the surface, let alone stick around to thrive and grow.
Sealing your stone surfaces is not simply a matter of preventing aesthetic blemishes, but also protecting the long-term health and safety of loved ones who spend precious time around the kitchen counter.
Reason 3: Sealing is Super Quick, Easy, and Painless
Although sealing may sound like an annoying chore, it’s actually super easy and quick. There’s no reason to put it off or skip over it when installing a new countertop (or protecting an old one).
Almost all stone sealers on the market follow an easy “spray and wipe” methodology for application. All you have to do is spray the sealant on the desired surface, wait for it to soak in for a few minutes, and simply wipe it away with a clean cloth.
The whole process couldn’t be more simple or user-friendly and it can save expensive and treasured countertops from stains, etching, harmful germs and bacteria, and more.
What's the Next Step?
There are tons of granite sealers on the market with confusing names, functions, and ingredients. It’s definitely hard to know where to start.
With 20 years of experience in the industry, the innovators at MORE™ Surface Care felt that it was time for a newer, safer, and more user-friendly approach to countertop care.
Most sealers on the market contain petroleum-based solvents that have harsh chemicals.
There is even research proving that petroleum-based products can cause severe health problems like respiratory issues and increased risk for lung cancer.
When it comes to the places you cook, eat, bathe, and play the most, MORE™ wanted to create a gentler and safer solution.
All MORE™ products are water based and have a much lower negative-impact on air quality and personal health than petroleum-based products. Our sealers even reduce Volatile Organic Compound emissions by 90%.
Not only did MORE™ innovate a much safer alternative to effective countertop sealers, we also work to make our products much more user friendly than others.
Instead of labeling their products with confusing and intricate names, the products are labeled simply with the exact function they are meant to perform. For example, the sealer is called Stone Sealer.
Additionally, MORE™ products come with detailed instructions that lay out the super simple process of application.
Like many other sealers, MORE™ products can be simply brushed or sprayed onto the surface, left for fifteen minutes, and then simply wiped away with a clean cloth.
MORE™ stone care products are safer, more user-friendly, and insanely simple to use. Our products are some of the best on the market for protecting your pristine countertops from staining, etching, and harmful bacteria.
If you want to check out MORE™ surface care products, you can browse our website here.
The Premium Stone Sealer below is our most popular sealer, and the best choice for most people who want to get started protecting their countertops.