Natural Stone Care: The Importance of Sealing Natural Stone
By onthehouse on November 29, 2014
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.