How to Seal Your Marble and Travertine Counter Tops

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Marble and travertine are beautiful natural stones that will enhance the interior of any home. They’ve become especially popular material as counter tops for bathroom vanities recently. However, due to the porous nature of these natural stones, they are susceptible to staining. The way to avoid this is to apply a sealer. Follow these four quick and easy steps to sealing your stone top!

Step One: Clean the Surface

Before we begin, ensure the surface of your counter top is cleaned thoroughly! The last thing we want is for any dirt or debris to get stuck under the sealant. Use an alkaline or neutral cleaner on the top to remove and dirt, dust, or grease from the counters.

Step Two: Dry the Surface

Once the surface of the counter has been cleaned, use a microfiber cloth to remove any moisture from the counter. Let the surface dry for an additional 30 minutes or so before applying the sealant.

Step Three: Apply Sealant

Ensure you are using the proper sealant for your stone top. Carefully follow the manufacturer instructions for the sealer. Typically, the process for most sealers is to use a soft brush or cloth and spread the sealer evenly across the surface of the counter. Try to use broad strokes in a uniform direction to apply the sealer. Give the sealer about half an hour to dry once the counter is saturated with the sealer. Then use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess sealer.

Step Four: Allow Sealer to Dry

Allow about 24-48 hours for the sealer to dry. After this period, your counter should be ready to use! Be sure to read the manufacturer instructions on the sealer and to re-apply the sealant according to the manufacturer.   The whole process will take between 24-48 hours, but the actual work time will take less than half an hour! Now your counter tops are resistant to water stains and will maintain its beautiful natural look for years to come.  

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