One of the most important things you can do to protect your natural stone is to make sure it is properly sealed. Sealing offers protection from staining by water and oil-based spills.
However, keep in mind that not all stone is created equal and therefore sealing requirements will vary from one stone to another, and differ depending upon where the stone is located and how it is used.
To Seal or Not To Seal
Some stone — such as a highly polished marble — is very dense, non-porous and naturally stain resistant. While it doesn't hurt to seal dense stone, it could wind up being unnecessary, as none of the sealer will be absorbed into the stone. Natural stone adorning a wall most likely won't need to be sealed either, since no one is likely to be spilling drinks or walking on it. (Unless those holiday parties get really out of hand.)
Other stone — like many granites — is very porous and requires sealing and regular resealing to help prevent staining. At Remedy, we'll be happy to tell you whether your stone needs to be sealed or resealed. There's even an easy test to determine that for yourself.