Granite Countertop Sealing: How and Why
Sealing of granite countertops should be done to provide the ultimate in care and protection for your home décor. While it may not be necessary, it is something you may want to do to ensure the protection, look, and appeal of your granite countertops. The reason some people choose not to seal their granite countertops is because the granite itself is resistant to moisture. But sealing it off helps further protect countertops from spills, as well as dirt, scrapes, or other marks or bumps.
Tests to determine if it is time
Countertop sealing should be done about once a year, but maybe more, at least in some places that wear out the most. Therefore, in areas that are more exposed to cooking oils, wines, or other harmful or staining substances, you may want to seal your granite countertops more often. It will prolong the life and appearance of your investment. To test if it’s time for the countertop to be resealed, try the water test. By spilling just a few drops you will be able to detect if you need to seal it soon. Yes the water droplets can wait, but if not it is time to reseal the countertops.
Another method you can try is paper towels. Dampen or soak a plain white paper towel or cotton cloth and let it sit on the counter for about five minutes. Then check the condition of the hob afterwards. If it’s discolored or dark from where the damp cloth was, it’s time to reseal. Also, monitor your pimple to see if it begins to absorb liquids rather than repel them.
Steps to seal granite countertops
The first thing you’ll want to do is thoroughly clean your granite countertops. Find a cleaner that is specific to this type of countertop and be sure to let the granite dry completely long enough. The sealer you want should be designed for granite and should be resistant to water as well as oil-based stains.
Then follow the instructions that come with the product. Generally working in small sections works best. You’ll also want to allow plenty of time for it to dry before putting anything on the countertops or using them again. Also, make sure you have enough ventilation and air circulation while working on this and while you wait for the granite sealer to dry.
It is generally up to you whether you use a cloth, rag, or brush to apply. It generally takes about 30 minutes or a little less for granite to absorb the sealer. Read the instructions for your individual product to see if a second coat is recommended or required. If so, it usually takes about two hours for granite countertops to be dry enough for a second coat.
Please note that this is a project that you can do yourself or hire a professional to do it. The level of difficulty is not high, but it depends on how comfortable you feel doing it. Either way, sealing granite countertops will revive the look and protection your countertops need.