Did you know that all hydrophobic sealers are not oleophobic? Hydrophobic sealers prevent water absorption only, while oleophobic sealers prevent both water and oil absorption. When choosing a marble or granite sealer, a hydrophobic sealer is sufficient for a bathroom, but an oleophobic sealer is necessary for a kitchen. Both types of sealers are impregnating so they soak into the stone rather than remain on the surface.
Another difference between types of sealers is an impregnating versus a topical sealer. The Marble Restoration Company prefers to utilize impregnating sealers for two reasons. The first reason is this type of sealer penetrates the stone to help close the pores and repel liquids that could potentially stain or etch the stone. The second reason is that if there is any moisture in the stone, the marble or granite is able to breath. Topical sealers do not soak into the pores, but remain on the surface of the stone. Because of this, they do not allow for the release of moisture, and if water vapor is trapped in the pores of the stone, the pressure could crack the stone.
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