Granite countertops have long been praised for their robustness and aesthetic appeal. However, to maintain their beauty and resist staining, these countertops require regular sealing. But what does this process entail? In this post, Fox Granite will walk you through the steps involved in sealing granite countertops.
Assessing the Need for Sealing
Before you begin the process, it’s essential to determine if your granite countertop needs sealing. An easy way to test this is by sprinkling a few drops of water on the surface. If the water beads up, your countertop is adequately sealed. If the water soaks into the stone, creating a dark spot, it’s time to reseal.
Cleaning the Countertop
Before sealing, ensure the countertop is thoroughly clean and dry. Use mild, non-acidic soap and warm water to clean the surface, then dry it completely with a soft cloth. Any residues or moisture can prevent the sealer from adequately penetrating the granite surface.
Applying the Sealer
Once the countertop is clean and dry, apply the sealer using a soft cloth or a brush. Spread it evenly across the surface, ensuring all areas are covered. Some sealers might require a second coat for optimal protection. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the sealer’s packaging for the best results.
Letting the Sealer Penetrate
After application, let the sealer penetrate the stone. This usually takes about 20 minutes, but the exact time can vary based on the sealer used. Again, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance.
Removing Excess Sealer and Buffing
Once the sealer has soaked into the granite, wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. Then, buff the surface to a shine using a dry cloth, moving in circular motions.
Allowing the Sealer to Cure
The final step is allowing the sealer to cure. This usually takes about 24-48 hours, during which you should avoid using the countertop. After this period, your granite countertop is ready for regular use.
For Granite Countertops in Austin, San Antonio, and the Surrounding Areas, Trust Fox Granite
Sealing your granite countertop is a relatively simple process that goes a long way in preserving the beauty and durability of your investment. However, if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself or prefer a professional touch, you can always reach out to experts like us at Fox Granite.
Fox Granite services Austin, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas, providing top-quality granite solutions and professional services to help you get the most out of your granite countertops. Whether you need help with selection, installation, sealing, or maintenance, we’re here to assist. Let us help you keep your granite countertops looking their best for years to come. Contact us today to book a free consultation.