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How Often Do You Need to Seal Granite Countertops?

by Kitchen and Bath Center / April 30, 2018

Granite is a natural stone composed of quartz, feldspar and mica and mined from around the world, including quarries in India, Brazil, Norway, Italy and China. The largest granite quarry in the United States is in Vermont. 

The natural variation in pattern, veining and shades of color is part of the charm and beauty of granite, and perhaps one of the reasons it continues to be a top countertop choice. No other homeowner will ever have the same countertop as you because no two slabs of granite are exactly alike. 

While granite is an extremely durable material, proper care and cleaning of your granite countertop is important to protect its beautiful appearance. 

Granite is a porous material and it must be treated with a penetrating sealer to reduce the chances of staining or etching on the surface.

Our granite tops are sealed when installed and will only need to be resealed as needed and only in those areas that require it. A simple test using a drop of water can determine if resealing is required in that area of countertop. If the drop of water is absorbed rapidly once placed on the countertop, then that area requires resealing. There is no need to reseal areas where the water is not absorbed rapidly.

Certain common foods, such as citrus fruits, vegetable oils, acids, milk, alcohol and tomatoes can strip the sealer away, so we recommend cleaning up spills immediately and using a cutting board rather than cutting directly on your countertop.  

What else can you do or not do on your granite kitchen countertops? Read our blog, can you put a hot pan on a granite countertop, to learn more.

While granite gives homeowners a one-of-a-kind natural stone surface, it may occasionally require maintenance. However, resealing is a simple process so don’t let that deter you from using this beautiful, durable natural stone.

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