When it comes to countertop materials, granite has by far been the most popular choice for homeowners throughout the country. It’s not difficult to see why: granite is extremely durable, provides a beautiful and unique look, and is resistant to both heat and scratches, which makes it the perfect fit for the kitchen space.
However, granite is not without its drawbacks, the biggest one being that granite is a porous material. Fortunately, you can counteract this by sealing your granite countertop.
Why Granite Needs to be Sealed
Porous countertops can be problematic in the kitchen where oils, grease, water, and other liquids can spill onto the counters. This can cause stains that will be extremely difficult to remove. Not to mention that it will make it easier for bacteria to grow within the granite.
By sealing your granite countertops, you’ll help to prevent all of these liquids from seeping into the granite, thereby preventing your beautiful granite countertops from staining or from aiding the growth of bacteria (not something you want in a space you most likely use for food prep).
Unfortunately, the sealant will wear off over time. This means that you will need to reapply a sealant to your granite countertops on a regular basis to help keep it in tip-top shape.
Re-sealing Your Granite Countertops
There are all kinds of experts out there that have varying opinions on the matter. The thing is, you don’t want to wait too long to seal your granite countertops or else you risk exposing them to potential stains or bacteria growth.
However, on the other hand, re-sealing more than necessary is a waste of sealant and effort. Additionally, adding more sealant to a granite slab that still has its previous sealant intact can make it difficult for that new sealant to be properly absorbed by the granite, resulting in a haze on the surface of your granite that diminishes its natural beauty.
This means that there are a number of factors you should consider when determining how often you should seal your granite. These factors include:
- The sealant you use – The higher quality the sealant you use, the longer it will last, while a cheaper product may require new coatings on a more regular basis.
- How you maintain your granite – If you use store-bought cleaners that contain a lot of chemicals to clean your granite, you could be stripping away the sealant more quickly. Be careful with what you use to clean your countertops.
- The granite itself – The darker your granite is, the less porous the granite is likely to be. This means darker granites don’t need to be re-sealed as often as lighter granites.
Typically speaking, most experts will say that you should seal your granite countertops once a year. However, depending on these factors, you may not have to seal them quite that often. For more information on protecting or cleaning your granite countertops, contact us at Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care in Charlotte, NC for a free estimate today.