Seal & Protect Your Granite Surfaces
Protecting granite with a stain-blocking seal may seem obvious, but some people have heard that granite doesn’t need a seal. In reality, all granite surfaces should be stained for excellent protection.Sealing granite helps fend off the next wine spill or grease stain. A proper seal can be invisible and food-safe.
For the long-term beauty and health of your granite, Sandifer’s applies a seal at the end of our granite cleaning projects and we recommend that homeowners keep up with sealing granite regularly.
Reasons to Seal Granite Surfaces
Sealing granite prevents stains, so for many people sealing granite is a no-brainer. However, the seal also provides general protection for the stone and can help with everyday maintenance. Here are the top reasons to seal granite:
- Granite is porous. Some granite is less porous than others, but any granite countertop or other surface has pores that can absorb grease and stains. Sealants fill the microscopic nooks and crannies while creating a stain-resistant barrier.
- Deep stains may not be reversible. Granite can be honed and polished, but you don’t want to do this frequently to your granite. Also, unsealed granite can get so deeply stained that it needs to be replaced.
- Sealing makes it easier to clean granite. When liquids bead on the sealed granite rather than sinking in, clean up requires much less effort.
- Sealed granite shows less wear. Whether you have honed granite or highly polished granite, sealing it will keep it looking its best. Sealed granite shows fewer fingerprints, smudges, and streaks from cleaning.
DIY vs. Professional Granite Sealing
You can purchase a DIY granite sealing product from the hardware store and apply it yourself. Just be sure to read all the instructions about safety and drying times.
Professional granite experts can provide the best results in terms of uniform application and stain-resisting performance. Granite sealers call for ventilating the room and protecting nearby stainless steel and other surfaces, too, so many people would rather have the pros take care of sealing granite.
Granite should be sealed at least annually. Frequently used and cleaned areas, like granite countertops, might need a new seal every six months or so.
Do Some Types of Granite Not Need a Seal?
Some people claim that darker colors of granite, such as green or black, do not require a seal. The reasoning is that some varieties of dark granite are denser and naturally defend against stains.
However, we at Sandifer’s Stone and Tile Care find that a granite seal is always a good idea. We have been cleaning and restoring granite for decades, and experience tells us that sealing granite helps reduce stains and smudges while making your granite more low-maintenance.
Granite Cleaning, Polishing, and Sealing in Charlotte, NC
Let us know if you need help sealing granite or cleaning and restoring granite that has already been stained. Sandifer’s Stone and Tile Care provides granite restoration and sealing services throughout the Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC areas.
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