How To Reseal Granite Countertops
Granite is a perfect material for kitchen counters. However, it does require a little bit of maintenance. Resealing your kitchen countertops is vital to the longterm strength and style of the granite. This is a DIY project that you should probably do about once a year. Of course, if you think your use you kitchen counters more frequently than most, you might need to repeat the project more often. The more often you reseal your granite, the more protected it will be. This article explains how to reseal granite countertops.
Clean Before you Seal
Cleaning the granite is a very vital step in the sealing process. You want the surface to be as clean as possible before applying the sealant. Otherwise, the sealant will basically seal in whatever is left on the counter (gunk, dust, dirt, mold, etc.). First, you should never clean your granite with harsh cleaners like bathroom disinfectants or degreasers. These are too powerful and can actually strip the granite, causing the sheen to fade away. When cleaning your granite on a regular basis you should just use water and a sponge. You should invest in a high quality granite cleaning solution, but only use it every once in a while.
When cleaning your countertops, make sure you thoroughly clean around the edges and the seams. The seams are often hard to find because they are expertly hidden using caulk during the initial installation. Nonetheless, this thin caulk line can be a harbinger for dust and mold. Make sure you use a lint free rag or sponge that will not leave anything behind. Once the counter is clean, you should seal it ASAP, before anybody can dirty it.
Applying the Sealant
Sealant usually comes in bottles without spraying nozzles. So, the best method is to simply soak a rag in the sealant and then spread it onto the counter. Be liberal when applying the sealant and make sure you get ample coverage (especially over the seams). The key is to spread a thick amount of sealant onto the granite and then let it soak in for a few minutes before wiping it away. This allows the sealant time to soak into and seal the tiny pores in the granite. You can apply several coats for extra layers of protection.
As you can see, maintaining your granite kitchen countertops is not too demanding. It is an absolutely necessary process, so don't skip it.