Granite is among the most popular materials for kitchen countertops and
its popularity is mainly due to its natural resilience and hardness. But
even if this material seems to be quite impregnable, it also has a
natural absorbent quality. This is the main reason why sealing is so
important in the case of a granite kitchen counter top. |
Granite counter tops need sealing in order to keep chemicals and other possibly
damaging substances away from their inner structure. Once chemicals are
inside a granite counter top, they can make this material more prone to
discoloration and staining. The general rule concerning the sealing of a
granite countertop is to have your counter top sealed twice a year in
order to maintain all its initial qualities. However, the actual sealing
frequency is going to depend on the location of your granite countertop
and on how much you are using it.
For instance, a more
frequently used granite countertop needs sealing as often as every 3 or 4
months. But if you do not use your granite countertop very often, you
may seal it just once a year. You can do this task by yourself or you
can hire a professional to do the job. Some homeowners are keen on using
special granite sealants while others who are on a very tight budget
prefer to use some car wax in order to take proper care of the problem.
you have your granite countertop sealed, you will have to practice a
daily clearance in order to promote the achieved durability of this
material. Also, you should know that acidic solutions are likely to
damage the granite sealant thus making the whole countertop more prone
to possible discoloration and staining. Because of this, non-acidic
cleaners are to be used in order to take proper acre of your sealed
the main steps to be followed when you want to seal your granite
countertop all by yourself just make sure that you have a pretty
reliable granite sealer, a brush, towel, sponge and cleaning products.
you will have to clear the granite counter-top and use the cleaning
products in order to wipe away any possible stains. Dirt is o be removed
by using the sponge and drying the whole granite surface with the
- Next, you will have to apply the granite sealer
by using the brush or the towel. Make sure that you allow the first
coat to dry for at least 4 or 5 minutes. Next, you will have to apply
the second coat on the granite countertop.
- Thirdly, you
will have to allow the granite sealer to dry you will have to do this
according to the instructions provided by its manufacturer. You can
return your kitchen items on the granite countertop only when you are
sure that the granite sealer has dried completely.