How to Protect Granite Countertops
Nothing makes a statement quite like granite countertops, which can be the centerpiece of any kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. Before you pull the trigger on any big decisions, though, it’s important to know how to protect granite countertops to keep them scratch-free for many years to come.
How to Protect Granite Countertops
Our Sharon Stone design experts and natural stone countertops San Jose consultants can shed some best practices that every homeowner should know about sealing and protecting granite countertops.
Preparing to Seal Natural Stone
The first thing to keep in mind with granite is that it is a natural stone, meaning that it must be treated differently and cleaned with different products than you might use on a human-made stone countertop.
When preparing to seal your granite, make sure to:
- Clean the surface of your countertop; this means removing all items
- Wipe everything down with a microfiber cloth or paper towels
- Use small amounts of water and dish soap to clean the surface
- Make sure the granite is completely dry before applying a sealant
If you don’t know what cleaning products would work best on your granite surface, get in touch with your local stone fabricators, and do not attempt to clean your countertop with chemicals you aren’t sure about.
Once your granite is cleaned and dried, you can apply a sealer that has been approved by your stone manufacturer. If you are working with a consultant from Sharon Stone Design, you can ask us about our available pre-sealed granite or a recommendation on the best sealing product for your specific countertop.
Once you know you have the best sealer for granite countertops, you can start lightly applying it to the surface. Usually, you will find a product that is specifically made for granite or natural stone. You can start with a small section of the countertop to test it out, making sure the product is applying correctly.
Make sure to cover the entire surface with the sealer; spray liberally if you have to. There should not be any dry spots left on the surface after you are done spraying. Then, wait some time to wipe it away.
Drying Your Granite Surface
Once the sealer has been applied, it will take some time for it to dry. You should let it sit for about 20 minutes. While it will still be wet after 20 minutes, you can start taking a microfiber cloth and wiping away excess moisture.
Continue to let the sealer dry for about 24 hours; this is known as “curing” your granite countertop. Make sure you wait 1-2 days before using the countertop and wait several days before applying the sealer again.
The key to a long-lasting granite surface is to invest in not just a quality sealer, but a quality countertop. Your granite and your sealer will work together to provide you with years of scratch and wear-free use. To learn more about the best ways to protect your granite countertops, reach out to our experts at Sharon Stone Design today!
Install Natural Stone Countertops in Your Kitchen!
Natural stone is the most highly sought-after type of countertop surface in the industry. And there is a good reason for it. Our granite countertop fabrication San Jose facility offers new natural stone slabs in a variety of types, colors, and sizes to perfectly fit your kitchen. You have many options when it comes to natural stone, and we have several pre-sealed products available.
Sharon Stone Design also offers remodeling and installation services to help turn your vision for your dream home into a reality. Learn more about installing and protecting your brand-new granite countertops by getting in touch with our professionals today!