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Video: Maintaining Soapstone - Mineral Oil vs. Wax

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone – Mineral Oil vs. Wax

Posted on 28 July 2017 by CRadmin3

For many years, mineral oil has been the standard method for maintaining the dark, rich look of soapstone countertops. However, many companies have moved to recommending special wax formulas. This video produced by Green Mountain Soapstone, explains maintenance using both methods and discusses some of the pros and cons. Of course, the discussion centers around a proprietary wax “enhancer” compound made by the company, but there are a variety of alternate options available.

 

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Tenax Introduces Quartz Shield

Posted on 10 October 2016 by CRadmin3

tenax-quartz-shieldTenax introduced Quartz Shield, a new sealer for quartz and engineered stone. Quartz Shield is water based and acts as a water and oil repellent for polished, honed and brushed surfaces. According to the company Quartz Shield provides excellent stain proof power and is approved for food contact in accordance with EC Regulation 1935/2004.
The company states that the product is ready to use and requires no dilution and is easy to apply. The product is applied to a dry, clean surface using a clean cloth in a circular motion. Let Quartz Shield absorb for five minutes and then remove the excess.
You may also be interested in this article about transparent flowing stone glue by Tenax.

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FILA Offers MP90 Eco Plus Sealer

Posted on 01 August 2016 by CRadmin3

FILA MP90 Eco Plus SealerFILA introduced MP90 ECO PLUS Natural Look Penetrating Sealer. This water-based, solvent-free sealer is designed for use on polished or unpolished natural stone and polished porcelain tiles. MP90 Eco Plus helps to sustain the natural look of polished porcelain tile by preventing stains and making them easier to clean when they happen. The odor-free solution can be applied to surfaces with some residual moisture, which can reportedly reduce on-site application time by up to 80 percent.  The treatment is non film-forming and certified safe for food contact areas. MP90 ECO PLUS is LEED-approved and received GEV-EMICODE EC1PLUS certifications because of its low VOCs. It is suitable for use indoors and outdoors.

You may also be interested in this article about the Dimension Stone Design Manual from The Natural Stone Institute.

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Tenax Quartz Toner Approved for Food Contact in Europe

Posted on 02 May 2016 by cradmin

2016-02-Quartz TonerTenax Quartz Toner has been approved for food contact in accordance with the European rule 90/128 ECC. The toner is both a stone color enhancer and premium grade sealer. Quartz Toner is a surface treatment that can be used to enhance quartz, engineered and agglomerate stones, according to the company. This product is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and stone color will not change when exposed to sunlight. It also works for matching the edge of the stone with the surface polish, along with disguising small scratches, reports the supplier.

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Antolini Adds to its 2015 Signature Stone Collection

Posted on 13 November 2015 by CRadmin3

Antolini Fusion Wow

Antolini’s ‘Fusion Wow’ color

Antolini’s 2015 Signature Stone Collection now offers six new natural stone choices with A Zerobact treatment. According to the company, A Zerobact treatment prevents the growth of bacteria and mold on natural stone without altering the color or properties of the stone. The bacteriostatic treatment seeps into the stone and allows for the application of a sealer or other treatments. The six recently released signature stones are Copper Dune, Angel Jasper Brown, Black Cosmic, Fusion WOW (pictured here), Naica Quartz and Quartzite Cielo. These stones are available in a large slab format.

You may also be interested in this article on options available from Granite Transformations.

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Wood & Stone Co. Offers Stone/Surfacing Glues

Posted on 15 October 2015 by cradmin

wood and stone 2 acrylic penetrating gluesWood and Stone Company has two types of acrylic penetrating glues made for repairing and laminating granite, quartz surfacing, marble and engineered stone. The first is Wood & Stone Acrylic Penetrating Crack Sealer, which is a thin liquid designed to flow like water and made to fill cracks and reinforce stone and stone-like products. It is for very thin, hairline cracks that flowing glue has difficulty penetrating. It is  clear and cures quickly, according to the company.

The second adhesive product is Wood & Stone Acrylic Super Penetrating Glue, a low-viscosity system for bonding and filling on horizontal surfaces. While it is thinner than standard polyester flowing glues, it is not as thin as the company’s crack sealer, which allows broader usage. According to the company, it is suitable for filling larger cracks, pits and holes. Additionally, because it is clear, users can mix in ground up stone powder to assist in color matching with larger holes, chips and blowouts. And, because of its thinness, it is very suitable for laminating, as it will spread very thin to create tight seams, reports the company.

The company also makes an acrylic knife grade adhesives as well.

You may also be interested in this article on Integra Adhesives bulk adhesives.

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Laticrete to Purchase DuPont Surface Care Business Segment

Posted on 13 June 2014 by cradmin

DuPont StoneTechLaticrete and DuPont announced June 4 that they have reached a definitive agreement for Laticrete to purchase the DuPont Surface Care business. The DuPont Surface Care business includes the company’s StoneTech, Stone Care and Paver Armor Pro brands, which will be merged into the Laticrete line-up. The transaction is expected to close later this month.

“Laticrete knows the stone and tile market well and sells complementary products, and we believe the DuPont Surface Care business can best pursue its potential and most effectively meet market needs through this transaction,” said Thierry F. J. Vanlancker , president, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts. “The DuPont Surface Care business has a strong team that will join Laticrete to continue to support these products.”

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ModaCrete Introduces Pamako Concrete Countertop Sealer

Posted on 05 March 2014 by cradmin

pamako-bottleModaCrete introduced Pamako CCS (Concrete Countertop Sealer), which was specifically designed for high performance concrete countertops. The sealer may also be used on other types of concrete as long as a high performance admixtures are used, in conjunction with common practices of concrete densification, if needed. It has not been tested for other masonry or stone type uses. According to the company, the sealer penetrates easily and deeply into the surface and remains until cured, rather than concentrating on the surface. This allows it to form a thick crust, but at the same time harden the surface sufficiently in order to resist erosion from wear and use, as well as densify the surface well enough to resist chemical attack. It also prevents penetration of moisture, while at the same time allowing moisture to escape. It also expands and contracts uniformly with the concrete so as not to cause flaking or delamination. The sealer is also reportedly non-corrosive, easy to use and apply, economical in material and labor of application and retains its performance effect indefinitely. It also delivers spot repairability, if necessary, and is UV-stable.

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Sealing Concrete Countertops Using Acrylics

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Sealing Concrete Countertops Using Acrylics

Posted on 21 November 2013 by cradmin

In this video, Tommy Cook, well known concrete countertop guru, shows his process for sealing concrete using an acrylic-based sealer. The simple process basically just uses the sealer and a micro-fiber pad.While the demonstration is being performed on a fireplace surround, the narrator makes it clear this same process is applicable for countertops.

This is the first video in a three-part series showing the sealing process with acrylics. The second video shows the process for applying an acrylic urethane wax coating over the sealer and the final part shows how to strip off the acrylic sealer should rework need to be performed.

Please drop us a line at info@countertopresource.com if you have a video or have seen a video you believe we should be sharing with the countertop industry.

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3 Myths about Sealing Granite and Marble

Posted on 31 December 2012 by CRadmin2

By Ryan Burden, CountertopSpecialty.com

The topic of sealing granite and marble countertops, floor tile or any natural stone surface invariably creates questions, concerns and confusion in the minds of consumers, homeowners and sometimes even those working in the stone industry.

Honestly, it’s no surprise when misleading, incomplete, conflicting, or incorrect information is passed around over and over… the truth gets twisted.

Let’s examine the top 3 myths about sealing granite and marble and clear up the confusion.

Myth #1: A Sealer Must Be Applied To All Natural Stone

The most common claims I come across regarding sealing granite countertops, marble and natural stone are:

  1. “Granite countertops must be sealed.”
  2. “Granite must be re-sealed every year.”
  3. “Marble stains easy.

This myth is false. The above claims are misleading
in most cases and downright false in many others. The problem here is over-simplified “general” recommendations.

We all want easy explanations and simple rules, but these statements imply that sealing granite and marble is necessary in every case and that all stone is exactly the same.

After hearing or reading such inaccurate statements over and over the consumer naturally fears a sealer must always be applied. If not applied, a stain will permanently ruin their beautiful and expensive countertop or floor tile.

The truth is that most granite countertops will benefit from application of a sealer; however, many varieties are super-dense with low rates of absorption and don’t ever need sealing. The same can be said of marble and travertine.

It is possible to stain marble; however, marble is rather dense and actually does not stain easily. This is particularly true when polished. Of course, marble will “etch” easily, and this is where the confusion lies. People confuse an etch mark for a stain and conclude “marble stains easy” when in truth it does not.

Application of a sealer is unnecessary when the stone is naturally stain-resistant. In fact, attempting to do so will generally result in a tricky problem discussed later in this article. Perform the simple “Water Drop Test” to determine if or when to apply a sealer to any stone installation.

Myth #2: Sealers Form an Impenetrable Shell

A common misconception is that marble and granite sealers form an impenetrable shell or film over the stone shielding it from any and all damage.

This myth is not true, but explains why homeowners are often surprised and frustrated when they etch a sealed marble countertop or floor tile.

The misconception is likely based on a general definition of the word and assuming that a “sealer” acts to “seal off” the countertop surface from the environment. Well, this is not how standard impregnating sealers work.

A granite sealer limits absorption to resist staining. The sealer “impregnates” the stone with a resin to fill the pores creating a barrier just below the surface. The remaining water or solvent base of the sealer evaporates as the resin hardens and cures.

By decreasing the rate of absorption, the resin-barrier allows more time to clean the spill before the liquid can penetrate and stain.

Stains can still occur if a liquid remains on the surface long enough. The sealer resin can never entirely fill the stone pores, and the barrier is just below the surface. With prolonged exposure, a surface stain can develop, or the substance may begin to leak past the barrier.

Staining a sealed surface is a rare occurrence since most liquids will evaporate before penetrating, but it is a possibility. For example, a leaky bottle of olive oil left on the countertop.

Stone sealers will not prevent chemical damage. Again, since the “sealer” does not form a film to “seal off” the surface, etching can still occur upon contact with corrosive substances on calcite-based stones like marble and travertine.

All resins can break down over time, which is why periodic resealing is necessary. The type and quality of the resin determines the durability and cost of the sealer.

Sealer technology is advancing beyond the above model. A couple sealers now on the market utilize cutting-edge chemistry to penetrate deeper and form permanent molecular bonds to the stone. These sealers provide far superior protection and durability, do not break down like resin-based sealers, and do not require re-application once effectively applied.

Topical sealers do exist although their use is questionable in most cases. This type does not allow floor installations to breath, can make the stone look artificial and have maintenance requirements apart from the stone itself.

Myth #3: Let Sealers Dry on Stone

The most crucial step when sealing granite countertops or stone floors is often performed in exactly the wrong manner.

Allowing sufficient absorption time for through coverage is necessary to effectively seal any stone installation.

A critical mistake is made, however, when leaving the sealer to dry on the stone. The usual result is a hazy film covering the surface that typically requires an intensive effort to strip it off.

The same result occurs when applying a sealer to a dense stone that should not have a sealer applied.

The correct procedure after the sealer has saturated the stone is to wipe off all excess sealer and buff the surface dry.

Sealing granite, marble, and natural stone is truly an uncomplicated procedure. Yet myths and misconceptions abound leading to confusion and unnecessary problems for consumers.

As stone industry professionals, we need to be more thorough and precise in our efforts to educate consumers when making recommendations for sealing granite countertops and other natural stone installations to clear up the confusion and better serve our clients.

About the Author

publishes the consumer-resource website CountertopSpecialty.com providing information, ideas and product advice for marble & granite countertops.

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