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. After applying and cleaning the sealer, leave the countertop and do not use it for two full days.
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.
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!