Protecting the Natural Stone Slabs in Your Toronto Home

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How are you protecting the surface of your natural stone? Read on to learn more about how homeowners are preserving the longevity of natural stone slabs in their Toronto homes.
 

Protecting Your Natural Stone Surfaces

 
One of the most common ways homeowners try to increase the value of their homes is by installing flooring and surfaces made of natural stone slabs. Toronto homes that are synonymous with luxury often include natural stone floors, surfaces, or fixtures in some form or another. Homeowners who have chosen to install a natural stone surface or floor want to ensure the long-lasting beauty of their investment. In order to do so, they must take proper care of their stone surfaces. Natural stone surfaces like granite can withstand the rigors of daily home use for generations to come, and many times these surfaces can outlast the homes themselves. Needless to say, when homeowners choose to install a natural stone surface in their home, they expect it to last a lifetime. Here are a few tips on how you can help your natural stone surface stay in pristine condition for years to come.
 

Resealing

 
How often a homeowner will have to reseal their countertop will depend on the quality of the stone sealant, how well it is applied, and, most importantly, the porosity of the stone. You may have to apply 2-3 coats to effectively seal your countertop for the first time. Your natural stone distributor and fabricator will be able to give you more information on the stone you choose. Some marble countertops may have to be resealed up to twice per year, while granite countertops may need resealing annually. The more heavily you use your natural stone surface, the sooner your countertop will need to be resealed.
 

Common Household Items That Affect Marble

 
If you have chosen to install a marble surface in your home, you should be aware of the foods and substances that may damage your countertop or floor. Oftentimes with marble, homeowners can learn to live with a few chinks in the armour; however, taking a few extra precautions when coming in contact with these common household items can help minimize and prevent damage to your surface:
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Vinegar
  • Salad Dressings
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Butter
  • Cosmetics
  • Fruit Juices
  • Acidic Fruits & Vegetables (i.e. lemons)
If any of these items come into contact with your stone, they can etch – leaving a mark or scratch. Taking simple precautions, such as using coasters, cutting boards, or pouring drinks in an alternate location, can mitigate the effects of these items. Having these items readily available and in plain sight will also encourage their use. Resealing your countertop will give you a little more time to clean up spills before they harm your surface.
 
Homeowners who choose to install natural stone slabs as part of their Toronto renovation project know the value of preserving the elegance and beauty of their investment. The incorporation of natural stone in a home design can increase the appeal and resale value of a home, while also adding sophistication, character, and durability to the property’s interior. Homeowners looking to protect their investment should reseal their countertops when needed and take the necessary precautions in order to prevent damage to their surface.