Granite has elegant appearance and durability. Even though granite is one of the most durable natural stones, it still needs to be protected to ensure that it is not damaged. To protect your granite, you will need to seal it at least once a year. Sealing ensures that nothing soaks into the granite and stains it from within. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to seal your granite. In fact, most people are able to tackle this project without the help of a professional. Follow these step-by-step instructions:
Wash the counters.
Before you start to seal the granite, you will need to wash it to ensure that there is no dirt or debris on the surface. Use warm water and a gentle dishwashing liquid to clean your granite countertops. Be sure to dry the area completely before you move onto the next step.
Cover other areas.
You don’t want to get sealer on anything besides your granite countertops, so before you begin to apply the sealer, cover your appliances and sinks. The easiest way to protect your appliances and sinks is by covering them with plastic wrap.
Use the sealer.
Talk to the installer to find out if there is a specific type of sealer that you should be using on your granite. Then, after the countertops have been cleaned, apply the sealer while wearing gloves. Be sure that you completely saturate the surface of the granite until it is very noticeable that it’s wet.
Let the sealer sit on top of the granite for about 10 minutes unless the directions on the sealer say otherwise. Sealers may have a strong smell, so it’s best to leave the windows open or turn on the fan while the sealer penetrates the surface.
Polish the countertop.
After the 10 minutes has passed, grab a dry soft cloth and begin to polish the countertop. Rub the cloth over the countertop in a circular motion so you can pick up any sealer that did not absorb into the stone. Run your hands over the countertop to make sure you don’t feel any excess product sitting on the surface once you are done polishing.
Clean it one more time.
Leave your granite countertops alone for a few hours to allow the sealer to cure. Check the label on your product to see exactly how long you should let it sit. Then, wash your countertops the same way that you did before you started to seal them. This will ensure that any excess sealant is removed so it doesn’t make contact with your skin or contaminate food as you prepare it on your kitchen countertops.