Natural Stone Care and Maintenance

How to Safely Remove Water Spots from Quartz Countertops

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Hard water stains and hard water spots require special cleaning for quartz countertops.  Learn how to safely remove hard water spots and mineral deposits with a simple list of "Do's and Don'ts," as well as preventative steps.
How to Clean Granite Countertops without Damaging

How to Clean Granite Countertops without Damaging 0

Not all products are safe for granite.  Many individuals unknowingly damage their surfaces with acidic or alkaline-based products such as oven cleaner, window cleaner, or calcium lime and rust removers.  This guide lets you know about the "do's & don'ts" of granite cleaning and maintenance.
How to Seal Granite Countertops: What to Know

How to Seal Granite Countertops: What to Know 0

Sealing granite countertops is considered a necessary task that helps resist stains by lowering the rate of absorption. However, there are some misconceptions about why granite should be sealed, and what you should expect a sealer to do.


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    What is ioSeal

    IoSeal™ is an ionically bonded protective barrier held together by an electrostatic attraction between oppositely charged ions. Similar to how a magnet sticks to metal, ioSeal lowers absorption, resists incoming stains, fends off UV damage, makes surfaces smoother, and lowers the bond strength of future minerals. After being applied, future cleanings become easier.

    how ioSeal Works 

     How It's Used

    IoSeal can be formulated into specialty treatments that clean, shine, protect, preserve, and improve the look and performance of specific surfaces.

    In 2010, ioSeal was formulated into a specialty cleaner for the care and maintenance of granite countertops. Today, products that contain ioSeal are commonly known as Treatments and are exclusive to Munro-Co Brands.

    A condensed list of ioSeal's benefits goes as follows:  

    • Lowers the rate of absorption
    • Lowers the bond strength of future mineral deposits
    • Surfaces become smoother
    • Surfaces Become more reflective
    • Colors become more vibrant
    • Helps protect against UV Rays
    • Safe to use on unsaturated polyester resins, natural stones, composite materials, and much more


    Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

    1. Does ioSeal Replace the Need for Penetrating Sealers?

    Although ioSeal does not replace the initial application of penetrating sealers, it effectively maintains and enhances the protection offered by such sealers.  Proper care and consistent use can remove the need for future re-sealing.

    2. Can ioSeal be Found in Penetrating Sealer Formulas?

    Rather than being incorporated into penetrating sealer formulas, ioSeal is generally combined with cleaning products for granite, quartz, marble, and other natural stones.  This allows it to work as a multitasking treatment, simplifying granite maintenance.

    3. Is ioSeal Unique to the Supreme Surface Brand Product Line?

    No, ioSeal Protectants are included in other Munro-Co Brands.

    4. Does ioSeal Contain Wax?

    ioSeal does not contain any wax in its formula.  This allows it to effectively self-level, preventing any leftover residue or buildup.

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    Should White Quartz Countertops Be Sealed

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    A customer recently had white quartz countertops installed in her kitchen and wanted to know if they could be sealed. She was getting mixed opinions, so she reached out with an email to Industry Pro, Tom Munro.
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    Travertine Care and Maintenance Tips 2

    Travertine is a calcareous stone. When cleaning these types of stones it is extremely important to always use cleaning products that are pH neutral or balanced. This means avoid cleaners that are acidic, such as vinegar, lemon, and orange cleaning products.

    • Tom Munro