Natural stone is a beautiful material that exudes durability and elegance. But to keep your natural stone beautiful, you must maintain and protect it properly. One way to do that is to impregnate your natural stone. This is a technique in which you apply a water-repellent product to the stone, which penetrates deep into the pores and forms a protective layer. This prevents dirt and stains from affecting your natural stone.
After impregnating your natural stone, you can enjoy a floor, worktop or sink that is more resistant to moisture, dirt and wear. Your natural stone will also be easier to clean with a neutral detergent/cleaning product.
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How do you proceed to impregnate your natural stone? Follow these steps:
- Thoroughly clean your natural stone with an acid-free cleaner (such as Akemi Stone Cleaner). Remove all dirt, dust, grease and soap residue.
- Let your natural stone dry completely.
- Choose a suitable impregnating agent for your type of natural stone. Clear (standard or premium) and color deepening agents are available. First test the product on an inconspicuous place or on a scrap piece.
- Apply the impregnating agent generously with an impregnating pad, brush, cloth or flat mop. Work in one direction and in small pieces.
- Let the impregnating agent soak in according to the instructions on the packaging (10 to 30 minutes).
- Porous surfaces will require several coats during this exposure time.
- Remove the excess impregnating agent with a dry, lint-free cloth. Ensure an even result without streaks.
To keep your impregnated natural stone in optimal condition, we advise you to maintain it regularly and to repeat the impregnation over time. The frequency depends on the intensity of use and the quality of the impregnating agent.
Do you have any questions about impregnating your natural stone? Please contact us. We will advise you without obligation on the best products and methods for your situation.