Functionally and visually treat a natural stone

Natural stone can be treated in several ways. As a basic basis should be decided between impregnation or sealing. Care and cleaning must be gentle and gentle. Repairs and visual changes are possible to a limited extent. Much depends on the stone type.

Functional and optical treatment options

Natural stone can be treated with the goals of functional improvement and optical adaptation. Decisive factors for functional aspects are:

  • Is the natural stone exposed to direct stress as with floor slabs?
  • Which load frequency is to be expected (street shoes, grobschmutzeenttrag)?
  • Does the natural stone have to withstand moisture and moisture?
  • Do weathering and frost affect outdoor stone?
  • Is it a soft or hard rock?

basic treatment

Natural stones need to be protected against all kinds of influences except on the wall, which has a pure decorative and decorative character. After laying it should be decided between impregnation and sealing.

During impregnation, the stone retains its breathability and diffusion. This has a favorable effect on the indoor climate and the preservation. However, pollution is not completely avoided. Over time, a patina forms. When sealing the natural stone is painted. The surface is hermetically sealed and, similar to ceramic tiles, it can also be cleaned with more aggressive cleaning agents. A risk exists in the development of internal moisture from wall, mortar or stone substance, which can lead to decomposition and discoloration.

Refurbishment and repair

To work up natural stone, it can be polished to remove light scratches. A grinding is very expensive, dirty and expensive.

Stone species and maintenance care

The specific properties of the different N require appropriate care and cleaning. As a general rule, use only clear water as a home remedy and mechanical tools such as soft brooms and root brushes.

Optical interventions

Depending on the type of natural stone and the basic treatment, the texture can be enhanced or the color changed, if suitable stone oils are applied. Some impregnating agents contain color pigments. The coloring of natural stone, however, set narrow limits.

Tips & Tricks

If you choose natural stone, the conditions and properties of this natural material are to a certain extent eliminated. Above all, constant care such as sweeping and brushing receives the surfaces, but without being able to turn off general signs of aging.

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