Natural Stone Care: The Importance of Sealing Natural Stone
Frequently sealing granite countertops and any other natural stone surface is among Three, Essential Steps to care for your natural stone, whether it’s a countertop, floor, shower wall or vanity.
- Sealing frequently will maintain maximum surface protection for resistance against staining, etching and soil build-up.
- How often? Use the water test: Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface in several locations and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you see a dark mark or ring, the water is penetrating the stone and it’s time to reseal.
- Can never over-seal natural stone – particularly important to seal prior to holiday celebrations, giving stone additional protection with all the food-preparation and guests in the home.
- In six simple steps, here’s how to seal granite and all other natural stone for about 10 percent of the cost of having a pro come do it for you or having to dress like your local hazardous waste team:
- Make sure you thoroughly clean the surface with a safe-on-stone granite cleaner. We, of course, recommend Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®.
- Spray Granite Gold Sealer on the surface in a 3-foot section
- Immediately wipe into stone with a lint-free cloth.Do not allow sealer to dry on the surface – it will cause hazing
- Buff dry with a lint-free cloth
- For maximum protection, repeat the process 2-3 times
- Wait 24 hours for sealer to cure before using a granite polish such as Granite Gold Polish® to add shine and luster.