Introducing Granite Sealant: The Mystery Behind Granite Countertops
Not all granite countertops require sealing. Granite is naturally quite resistant to moisture and granite sealant is a bonus.
However, another property of granite is its porosity. Granite is a porous rock, and this means that it has tiny holes that liquid and air may pass through and be absorbed and the granite may be stained.
Granite countertops are wonderful additions to kitchens. They can be very durable. Some of them may last longer than the buildings they are in! A stained granite countertop is simply a risk not worth taking.
Granite sealant helps the granite to have an increased ability to resist absorbing spills and dirt. It blocks liquids from actually entering the granite. When a granite countertop has been well-sealed, liquids will just run on the surface, sparing the beautiful rock.
Things That Can Discolor Your Granite Countertop
Colored liquids are the number one culprits. They stain unsealed granite countertops, leaving them discolored and always looking dirty. Examples are red wine, grape juice, fat, cooking oil, and even pizza grease!
Yes, pizza grease!
It can soak the pizza box and seep through unto your beautiful unsealed granite countertop.
Where Should Granite Sealer Be Applied?
Granite Sealer can be applied to the area where you will install your sinks, faucets, and stovetops.
Ideally, the granite sealer is applied following the installation of the countertop, but before the addition of the appliances. It is done this way because after the appliances are installed, you will be unable to reach those areas. But that doesn’t stop liquids from reaching them, so they must be protected!
How often should granite sealer be applied?
It is advised that you apply a granite sealer to seal your granite countertops at least once every year.
Granite pieces are not all the same. They have different degrees of priorities. Therefore, some countertops need resealing more than once a year.
If you are unsure whether your countertop needs resealing, here is a simple and safe test you can do: dribble a little water on your countertop, and check for beading. If your granite countertop soaks up the water, then you need to reseal it as soon as possible.
How To Apply Granite Sealer To Your Granite Countertops
Sealing your granite countertop is quite an easy and straightforward procedure.
Firstly, buy a cleaner for your granite countertops. Ensure that it is a good quality cleaner, and specifically made for granite countertops. Besides, buy a good quality granite sealer. Ensure that it specifically resists oils and water-based stains.
Use a clean kitchen rag to clean the granite countertops, following the directions in the cleaner. Make sure that the countertop is dry after you clean it before proceeding to seal it.
Follow the directions on the granite sealer. It is best to seal in small portions of the countertop and to work your way from there patiently. Let the sealer be absorbed for the time allocated by the directions before you apply a second coat. Most sealers recommend that the countertop be left to dry overnight before using.