8 Simple Steps to Seal Those Granite Countertops
There is a lot of remodeling being done by homeowners in Sacramento and they are opting to replace their countertops with the popular choice, Granite. Natural stone is a great investment and it makes a beautiful statement. It has been found that homes touting granite countertops can help sell your home faster.
I know, I’d be excited too! But here is the thing, granite is a porous stone, so liquids and food can penetrate the surface and leave marks on you precious granite countertops. If you want your granite countertops to stay looking good for years to come, you’ll need to develop a maintenance plan so it stays in tip-top shape. You need to seal your granite to block liquids from getting into the stone.
Don’t worry sealing granite is not difficult or time-consuming. In fact, you’ll probably be blown away by just how easy it is.
So how do you know if it’s time to seal? It is recommended to seal your granite about once a year. But here is a little trick you can do to see if your countertops are in need of some TLC. Simply take some water and pour it onto your granite countertops and let it sit for 30 minutes. If the water beads up and doesn’t penetrate the stone, the seal on your granite is strong and liquids are not penetrating the surface. However, if the water gradually seeps into the stone then you definitely want to seal your countertops.
Here’s how to do just that. You will need:
- Lint-free rags (grab a few of these)
- Granite Sealer (found at your local weekend warrior home store)
- Daily Granite Cleaner
Step 1: Clear your granite countertops. You’ll want to remove everything from your counters to have them nice and bare, ready for cleaning.
Step 2: Now give your countertops a good cleaning using the granite cleaner of your choice. You’ll want to get any crumbs, spills, and last night’s dinner off of your countertops.
Step 3: Use a lint-free rag to clean and dry the surfaces. Your counters must be fully dry before you sealing the granite. It is recommended that you clean your countertops at night, let them dry overnight and then move on to Step 4 in the morning.
Step4: Before you start sealing, you should open a window for air circulation. The fumes from the sealant are not too overpowering but it still has a pungent smell. And to prevent an overwhelming scent in your kitchen or bathroom, open a window, door or turn on the fan while you seal.
Step 5: Choose a granite sealer of your choice. They are designed to resist both water and oil-based stains. Make sure to check the label so it’s safe on food prep surfaces…which is obviously pretty darn important in the kitchen!
Step 6: When using a granite sealing product, you’ll want to work in small areas at a time, about 3-by-3 feet. Spray on a generous amount of the sealer and then quickly wipe it into the surface.
ROOKIE TIP: You may want to test the product on a small inconspicuous area of your counter to make sure it doesn’t damage your particular stone.
Step 7: Work your way around your kitchen or bathroom, until you have applied the product to every granite surface. You do not want to let the sealer dry on your countertops, or else it will leave a haze. So be sure to wipe it up as you go.
Step 8: Now it’s time for a little arm workout: Take the lint-free rag and buff the counters in a circular motion. Make your way around all countertops, until everything is buffed and shiny!
It will take about 24 hours for the sealer to properly cure, so try to avoid using the kitchen during that time. (Hey, it’s a great excuse to forgo cooking for the night and order takeout!)
And seriously…that is it!
Just a little bit of spraying and wiping and you’re on your way to protected granite countertops. Now bring on the red wine, the greasy pizza boxes, makeup and toothpaste because those sealed countertops can handle it!
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