When to Use a Countertop Color Enhancer May 17 2016, 0 Comments

Everyone could use a little more color in their life, especially in the kitchen. Applying a countertop color enhancer to your natural stone counters can help you achieve your goal, but before you tackle this project, make sure the type and color of stone you have will benefit from this type of product, and that you know when and how to use it.

Timing is Everything

Normally this is true, but when it comes to using a countertop color enhancer, there really is no best time to use it. What's more important is whether or not the type and color of stone you have will benefit from the application. Light colored stones with little to no color variation will show little to no change, but those that already have color in them will pop.

What is a Countertop Color Enhancer?

Whether you use a solvent or water-based product, a color enhancer will help bring out the best in your stone naturally, without a polished finish. One of the best comparisons is to how a stone looks underwater; if you've ever marveled at the color and details of a stone picked fresh from a river or stream, only to have it become something much more ordinary after it dries - that is what a color enhancer can do for your stone counter or backsplash, highlight the natural colors and details that you originally fell in love with.

Benefits

Before you invest your time, energy and money in to applying this product, it's important to know what to expect, including the following benefits:

  • Protection against staining.
  • Deepening of natural colors.
  • Highlight the unique characteristics of the stone.
  • Safe to use indoors or out.

Recommended Applications

For best results, use your countertop color enhancer on a honed or matte finish, and make sure it's a stone that will pick up some color. If, for example, you have a very light material, such as a white marble, even if it is honed, you won't reap any benefits from a color enhancer, as there is no underlying color to be brought out. Natural stone countertops, backsplashes and flooring can all benefit from this product, bringing out the richness and luster of the stone without the shine of a polished surface, helping you fall in love with your stone all over again.

  1. How to Use a Countertop Color Enhancer
  2. Make sure the area to be treated is clean and free of wax or any other type of coating.
  3. Protect any nearby surfaces that are not to be treated.
  4. Test a small, inconspicuous area to establish the application method and to preview the results.
  5. Liberally apply the product, using a paint pad, roller, brush, or a sealer applicator, taking care to prevent the product from pooling.
  6. Wait 5 minutes to give it time to absorb into the stone.
  7. Buff with a clean dry towel or terry cloth.
  8. If a second coat is desired, allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before proceeding. 
  9. Once dry, re-apply the product, and wait another 5 minutes before buffing.
  10. Protect the treated area from soiling or liquids for 48 hours.

If you have further questions about how to use countertop color enhancer, or about any aspect of the care and maintenance of the natural stone surfaces in your home, call 561-994-4668 to speak to myself or someone on our team. You can also email me directly at kevin@marblekareproducts.com, as well as download our free Stone Cleaning Checklist below.