If you want your granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom to shine like new and last for a very long time, then the best thing you can do is to seal them. Granite countertops do not require a lot of maintenance, and they add to the beauty of any space, which is why many homeowners prefer them when considering different countertop materials. In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to seal granite countertops.

Why Granite Countertops Need to Be Resealed

Granite countertops are aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean, and highly durable. However, this material is permeable, and it absorbs water, which makes it etch after wear and tear. To extend the lifespan of your granite countertops and prevent any permanent damage to the surface, then you need to seal them. Sealing your granite countertop will enhance the protective layer and give it a glossy appearance.

How Often Do You Need to Seal Granite Countertops

It is recommended that you seal your granite countertops at least once a year. Nevertheless, there are some other factors that will determine how often you need to reseal your granite countertops. Some of those factors include how you maintain them, the type of granite, sealant, wear and tear, as well as the application. It is always best you outsource the resealing of your countertops to professionals.

How to Seal Granite Countertops

Once you’ve decided that your granite countertops need resealing, you can either contact the granite fabricators to handle the resealing, or you can seal it by yourself. However, we recommend you contact an expert for the job. Here is a guide on how to reseal your granite countertops:

Natural Stone Sealer

The first step to sealing your granite countertops is to look for a sealer that is designed for a natural stone specifically. Some sealers can harm your granite countertops, so you need to use a sealer that is specifically designed for countertops.

Before you use the sealer, read the instructions carefully. You should read the warning labels and instructions for your own knowledge, as different products come with different instructions and safety warnings.

Clean the Surface of the Granite Countertops

The next step to sealing your granite countertops is cleaning the surface. This step is very important before you seal the countertops. You should clean the surface of the granite countertops with a soft cloth using warm water and liquid soap. If there are tough stains on the surface, you can use a soft, non-abrasive bristled brush to scrub it gently. You should avoid using harsh cleaning agents to clean it. Wipe the surface of the granite countertops immediately after cleaning to reduce the chances of spills or grease forming on the countertops.

Apply the Sealer

Apply an ample amount of the sealer on the granite countertop and allow the granite stone to absorb it for about 20 minutes. However, the absorption time differs based on the product. You should check the label of the product to know how long you should leave the sealer to absorb into the countertop.

Wipe Off the Sealer

After leaving the sealer to absorb into the granite countertops for the required or specified time, you would have to wipe it off. Some sealers would even require you to apply it for the second time. The second coating is important, as it would provide double layer protection and seal any other area that is not sealed. You should check the instructions on the bottle of spray to know how many times you need to coat it.

After sealing it the required number of times, use a lint-free, clean cloth to wipe off the sealer for the surface of the granite countertop. Subsequently, after applying and cleaning the sealer, leave the countertop undisturbed and do not use it for two full days. This period of rest is crucial for allowing the sealer to set effectively.

Final Thoughts

You’ll need to reseal your granite countertops periodically to maintain their beauty and quality over time. At Affordable Granite Concepts, we want to make sure your natural stone countertops stay in peak condition. If you have any questions about sealing your countertops or are in the market to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

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Affordable Granite Concepts is a premier granite installation and fabrication company located in Altamonte Springs. We offer one of the biggest selections of granite, quartz, and natural stone to the Orlando area at our 12,000 square foot showroom. We prioritize satisfaction, quality, and timeliness. Our ultra-fast granite fabrication process for custom granite countertops takes only 3-business days. If you’re in Central Florida, you can count on us to make your vision come to life at the best price!

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Customer testimonials

Gregory DavidGregory David
23:01 12 Aug 22
Went way over and above to take great care of us with our new granite kitchen tops! Andriza worked wonderfully with us! Her installers were great and even installed my under mount sink I bought! Highly recommend this team for any granite or quartz countertops. I couldn't be more pleased with them.
Paul DouillettePaul Douillette
22:31 04 Aug 22
Recently I remodeled my entire kitchen 8/02/22. I used Affordable Concepts for all my Quartz. I must admit that at the beginning there was a communication problem that was resolved. With the help of Walter and my account executive Sylvio all problems were resolved to my satisfaction. The fabricators were all respectful, dedicated and hardworking and the results are beautiful. Thank you all.
Alex DiBartolomeoAlex DiBartolomeo
01:58 13 Apr 22
From start to finish Walter and his team were beyond helpful. Helping pick out the perfect granite to handling every aspect of the install. Installers were kind, courteous and unbelievably professional. This company understands what customer service is all about and how to go above and beyond for the customer. If you are looking to update or remodel, Affordable Granite is the best company to go with.
Chris KraemerChris Kraemer
22:11 18 Nov 21
They did a great job every step of the way! From estimating all the way through installation. Great company!
18:51 02 Oct 21
Amazing quality and customer service! Lisandra went above and beyond even for our smaller scale project! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We will definitely be back for any future stone work we need! Thanks again!