But different from many other countertops choices, granite is a natural material; mined from the Earth. It is porous and highly absorbent.
To protect the granite in your home, therefore, and to ensure its quality over time, youâ€™ll want to seal your countertops at least once annually. A proper granite sealing will prevent stains and damage that can ruin your countertopsâ€™ appearances.
Sealing your granite countertops is a simple job, but one that requires a little bit of elbow grease.
First, you should make sure your granite is actually ready to be re-sealed. To do this, soak a white cotton cloth in water and leave it on the corner of your countertop for 10 minutes. Â Lift the towel and check whether the area under the towel is discolored, or dark. This will indicate that your granite is absorbing liquid and needs sealing.
If the area is not discolored, your granite is already sufficiently sealed.
If your countertopsÂ do need to be sealed, hereâ€™s how to do it :
Depending on the thickness and quality of your homeâ€™s granite, it may need to dry overnight so allow yourself the proper time to finish the job.
Once sealed, use preventative maintenance to keep your granite countertops looking great. Place coasters under beverages, hot plates under dishes and clean up spills immediately.
A well-cared for granite countertop will last for years.
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