Granite Countertops must be sealed to protect the countertop area from stains. Here is some helpful information on sealing granite and the options you have:
Why do I need to seal my granite?
Granite is a semi-porous material and needs to be protected and maintained. If unsealed, your granite countertop can absorb water or grease, which will create permanent stains. Granite sealer prevents this by penetrating deep into the granite countertop and closing off its pores so that stains cannot get in.
What are my options? What granite sealer do you offer or supply?
After we install your granite countertops, the first granite seal has already been applied to your granite countertop. This is a normal sealer and will last 3 - 6 months, depending on your countertop use, unless a 15 year sealant or lifetime sealant is applied.
The 15 Year Sealant does not take long to apply and carries a 15 year performance warranty.
How hard is it to apply a granite sealer?
Applying a normal granite sealer to your countertop is not difficult. All you usually need is some time, a clear, impregnating granite cleaner and sealer, and a soft white rag.
How often do I need to seal my granite countertop?
When do I know my granite needs to be sealed?
Depending on use, your granite countertops need to be resealed every 3 - 4 months, or several times a year. Before you reseal your countertops, be sure to clean your countertop and remove any stains. If you seal your granite before you remove a stain, you will seal the stain permanently into the granite.
You will be able to tell if your granite needs to be resealed by one simple test. Dap a few drops of water onto your countertop and watch how quickly the water is absorbed. If it forms into a bead and stays on top of the granite, your granite countertop does not need to be sealed. If it starts to be absorbed or can easily be spread into the countertop and disappear, then you need to seal your granite.