You might be wondering if you even need to seal your patio because it’s made of natural stone. Natural stone should be fine weathering what nature throws at it, right?
Wrong! All-natural stone is porous to varying extents (granite and marble are the least porous). We highly recommend sealing your stone floor tiles because this means that you can enjoy your floors pretty much care-free! If they aren’t sealed, they can soak up various liquids and other substances that can damage their appearance. While our awesome Stone-eez natural stone cleaner works wonders to deep-clean and restore natural stone and grout, something like our Grout and Natural Stone Tile Sealer that works to prevent damage is a great option too.
7 Steps to Seal a Natural Stone Patio
Step 1: Make sure that your patio (and pavers) are clean and ready for sealing
Your patio area should be completely bone-dry and clean, with no dirt, surface staining or debris (our Stone-eez natural stone cleaner works great for this). Any marks or stains will be sealed in if they aren’t removed before you start this process, so double check! They’re almost impossible to remove after sealing.
A good general process for this step would be sweeping (with a stiff, wide, outdoor brush), followed by a hose and broom or even a pressure washer if need be, and then trimming, pulling out, or otherwise removing any nearby weeds or plants. Follow with our Stone-eez, and you’re good to go!
Step 2: Check that the temperature and weather conditions will be adequate
As with most sealants, you need to apply ours to a completely dry surface. The best way to make sure that you’re doing this is to apply the sealant to a surface that’s been dry for 72 hours.
Additionally, applying patio sealant is best done in temperatures that aren’t too hot or cold – the perfect temperature range is about 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Wear the right protective gear
Our sealant is water-based and safe with no toxic fumes, so you don’t need to wear gloves, eyewear, or a mask. If you’re sensitive, then please do, but you don’t have to. This isn’t the case with other sealants though, so please read the labels on the products that you buy carefully and take the necessary precautions! With other brands, you may even need to wear other personal protection beyond what we’ve mentioned.
Step 4: Test the process on a small area
While we know how high-quality our products are, there is always a small chance that the process might not go the way that you want it to. Testing on a small area will help decide if this is the desired outcome you want.
Step 5: Apply the sealant
Our sealant is super easy to apply. For large areas like a patio or driveway we suggest using a pump up sprayer to apply the sealer. All you have to do is dump the sealer into the pump up sprayer, pump it up and spray it on the stone. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, take a clean broom and move around any remaining sealer that hasn't soaked in yet (There won't be much if any, that hasn't soaked in).
Step 6: Apply the second coat of sealant
There should be plenty of drying time in between coats. Ours only takes an hour, but others can take a lot longer. After the first coat is dry, a second coat can be applied just like the first.
7. Make sure that there’s plenty of drying time
The drying time at this stage should be at least an hour before you walk on it. The sealer will completely cure within 24 to 48 hours
If you follow these steps, you’ll have a beautiful, clean, sealed patio that has maximum long-term protection and results!View all of our natural stone care products here. For any and all questions, or just to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.