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Our Limestone Sealing Services

The final stage of all limestone cleaning, polishing or restoration service is the application of a sealant. Limestone sealing can be broken down into impregnating and surface sealants.

Impregnating sealants penetrate the capillaries of the stone and protect from within. They can leave your limestone with a natural, or colour-enhanced appearance, but always with the stone surface exposed. Because stone is porous, this sealant is essential to stop any spillages onto the stone penetrating within and damaging the internal structure and causing a deep-set stain.

Surface sealants form a physical barrier between the stone and the environment. Modern sealants are either wax or polymer-based, which can achieve matt, satin or gloss finishes to the stone. Such sealants however cannot be applied outdoors or in wet areas as they are affected by moisture. They are also ineffective if applied to a polished surface as they cannot penetrate the surface sufficiently to bond.

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How long will the sealant or impregnator last?

Contrary to popular belief, impregnating sealants themselves don’t degrade over time. The pores and capillaries that were originally sealed will remain so, however abrasion caused by foot-traffic will create and expose new pores and capillaries which will require additional sealant. Usually, the more people or pets in the property the more frequently the protection will need to be reapplied.

Surface sealants on the other hand are designed to be a sacrificial layer, to protect the stone surface from the external environment. This means that liquid spillages and abrasion will impact the sealant and not the stone surface. These sealants will also be impacted by repeated cleaning regimes.

For more information on how to look after your floor, click on the link below to request a copy of our Athena Aftercare guide.

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Maintenance

We follow up with all of our clients around 1 year to 18 months after our initial visit, based on our professional opinion of when further work is likely to be necessary. We can also provide a price for maintenance immediately on request. However, we would still recommend re-visiting before commencing work to re-familiarise ourselves with your stone

Keeping your natural stone looking stunning is something that we are passionate about. If you have had your stone treated or restored by the Athena Stonecare team then you will have been left with a guide explaining how to care for it. To purchase any of the products mentioned in the guide click here.

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What our clients say

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The professional who inspected the floor was clearly most knowledgeable and he also actioned the work subsequently. A date was agreed and the work was carried out with care and attention and minimum disruption. The floor now looks exactly as it did when initially installed. I have no hesitation recommending Athena Stone and will call them myself when another part of the floor needs refreshing.

MGN
Buckinghamshire
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Dealing with Athena has been seamless throughout. I have been impressed by Athena’s professionalism and customer focus from the beginning and this applies to everyone involved from reception, to administration to the actual treatment of the floor.

MGN
Buckinghamshire
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Just wanted to say thank you . The floor looks amazing. Love love it! Thank you so much!

Kate
Godalming
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I wanted to leave a review for Danielle. She went above and beyond to help find alternative solutions so I could get my worktops/ tiles restored in the timeframe I need to, even following up afterwards to see how things panned out. Excellent communication!

Ali
Buckinghamshire
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The only company I trust to restore flooring in my role at Humphrey Munson. Athena Stonecare are an amazing company with a true understanding of excellent customer service and endlessly helpful.

Humphrey Munson
Chelsea
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Athena Stonecare is a great firm and I recommend it highly. Dave, Becca and the team could not have been more friendly and helpful, and they left our stone floor looking as good as new. I also thought their quote was very reasonable, given the amount of work involved.

Caroline
London

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