In many of our previous posts, we’ve discussed the need to treat certain stone countertops so they don’t produce mold in the pores. The question the one may ask after installing these countertops is what type of sealant should be used. Luckily, KC Cabinetry has that answer. When we install porous stone countertops, we usually use Dry-Treat, the world’s leading sealer.
Dry-Treat began in 1991 as a way to seal large slabs of concrete to protect it from harsh elements. As the years passed, their scientists developed sealants for a wide range of stone products, ranging from natural stone in the home, to bricks and pavement. These sealants are significantly different than regular sealants made of silicone or Teflon. The molecules in Dry-Treat are unique in that they penetrate deep into the stone and bind with the pores, but do not block them. By doing this, the stone is protected in a number of ways.
All objects have what is called surface energy, which simply means how much one thing wants to stick to another. Dry-Treat changes the surface energy of stone, so liquids such as water and oil are repelled. This protects the stone against damages and stains that water and oil can produce. This is due to the chemical make up of the sealant. Dry-Treat is made up of molecules that on one side repels water and oil, and on the other side attracts water. When the sealant is applied to the stone, the part that is attracted to water breaks off and leaves the other component of the molecule behind. This resulting strong molecule breaks the bonds between the stone and the oxygen and hydrogen molecules and takes their place. By changing the angle of which the water in the stone and the stone itself are attached, the sealant turns the countertop or tile floor from a surface that absorbs water to one that repels it, without changing its looks or breath-ability. Any water within the stone can easily evaporate out. These molecules are deeply impregnated into the stone, giving it extra protection. This protects it from stains, bacteria build up, destruction from salt, weathering, and traffic.
Dry-Treat is not only a good product, but it also has admirable qualities as a company as well. They employ fully qualified engineers to test and create new products, as well as offering warranties up to 20 years. They offer protection for dozens of stone materials, from granite to travertine to clay, and also cleaning materials that will keep the integrity of Dry-Treat intact.
Come in to KC Cabinetry today with any of your kitchen or bathroom renovation needs!
-Cassandra Cordova, KC Cabinetry Intern