Why shouldn't I put a Coating Sealer on my stone?

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Topical coating sealers on smooth interior stone tend to scratch very easily and "ugly" out very quickly. You would also think the “sealer” would keep the floor cleaner longer, when in fact it gets soiled much faster and when it comes time to clean, you will not be able to. This is because the soil is embedded into the sealer, not on top like you would imagine a topical sealer should work on stone. At this point, to “clean” your floors, we must use a chemical stripper to break down the sealer. Clean Image of Orlando does NOT recommend topical sealers on interior travertine in almost all cases. We recommend penetrate sealers, or impregnating sealer. View the many pictures to see results of topical sealer applications.

There is no comparison in appearance of a natural stone polish and a coating “polish”, as you can see in the pictures above. Coating sealers will often take away the natural beauty of stone by making it cloudy with diminishing its clarity. Often coating sealers are applies out of ignorance, or just bad information.
Topical coatings/ sealers actually will get dirty much faster. Topical sealers and coating are often much softer than the stone itself. The coating will often get embedded with dirt and soil that cannot be simply cleaned, as it would need to be chemical stripped or mechanically removed. Coating sealers are usually best suited for floors that require them, ie. VCT(Vinyl composite tile, think Target), Saltillo and linoleum tile. The pictures show topical sealer coating being removed with a razor blade. We often have to test the coating/ sealer to determine best method of removal.
Removal of coating sealers is time consuming and delicate.

Often when we are near cabinets and wood, we must mechanically razor off the wax, coating sealer so that when we clean, diamond hone and polish, we can get to the stone itself.
Imagine trying to clean your floors once a topical sealer is applied.

The bucket on right is from cleaning just a kitchen that a topical sealer applied. All the dirt and soil had got embedded into the sealer, so cleaning the surface did nothing. And often the fix here is to put more sealer on the floor, entombing the dirt and soils even further.
This is a dining room floor in Winter park that had coating applied a year earlier. The customer had no idea the difference between sealers and assumed the stone professional in here home new what there were doing. Just using a razor to remove the topical sealer reveals a travertine surface that looks better without the coating.

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