Choosing The Best Sealer To Protect Your Countertops

Kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, bar tops, and the like can be prone to staining because they are exposed to oily or dye-containing substances daily or sometimes, even hourly. Consequently, a sealer should be applied to help prevent staining. Choosing the correct type of sealer can be very important for how the sealer performs. An experienced, professional stone restoration contractor will know which sealer is best, considering the characteristics of the particular type of stone to which it will be applied and where the stone is installed.

Impregnating Sealers

Impregnating sealers, also known as penetrating sealers, are the most commonly used sealers. They are applied to natural stone to inhibit staining. Impregnating sealers penetrate below the surface and protect the stone from within. They are formulated with water-repellent and oil-repellent substances. Topical sealers are available but can be problematic and are very seldom recommended.

Misconceptions About Sealers

There are many misconceptions about what a sealer does and doesn’t do. It is important to note that sealers do not prevent traffic patterns or etching. The stone’s surface is still vulnerable to acidic substances, scratches, dullness, and other damage. In addition, natural stone, even when properly sealed, is not stain-proof; it is merely stain resistant. In other words, it buys some time so that spills can be cleaned before they penetrate the stone and become stains. After the natural stone is sealed, it needs to be regularly cleaned with pH-neutral stone care products and periodically refinished or resealed.

New High-Performance Protective Treatments

There are new protective treatments that, unlike impregnating sealers, offer both etch and stain protection.  We can apply a sealer to your natural stone surface, guaranteed for twenty-five years with proper maintenance.

Ask us about how we can help protect your natural stone.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC, a Stone PRO Professional, and a surpHaces Certified PRO Partner.  We know stone!

Tru-Clean Surface Care is A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau, an eight-year-in-a-row winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Our cleaning solutions are allergen free and safe for pets, infants, and food preparation surfaces.

Applying the wrong sealer, over time, will make your countertops or natural stone flooring look bad while affording ZERO protection against wear and staining.  A properly sealed granite countertop, travertine, or marble flooring, will maintain its gorgeous look for years to come while protected against spills.

For more information about our stone cleaning, sealing, and repair services, please visit Tru-Clean Surface Care online at or give us a call at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee Couty, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.


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