No doubt, granite is one of the most popular materials to use in a kitchen. It’s beautiful, affordable, and each slab is unique. Add in durability, resistance to high temperatures, and easy maintenance, it’s no surprise that homeowners love this stone. But, granite is not impervious to everything and it does require sealing. Most experts recommend sealing granite countertops once a year, but there is no hard and fast rule. A simple test can tell you if you need your granite countertops sealed.
Two Tests To See If You Need To Reseal Granite Countertops
- Use Water to See How Often to Seal Granite Countertops
If the granite can still repel water, it does not require sealing. And it’s easy to test water resistance. Sprinkle three drops of water on the granite countertops. If the granite darkens and absorbs the water within four minutes or less, the granite counters need to be sealed. This test should be done every few months to help truly see how often to seal your granite countertops.
- Mineral Oil As An Alternative Test
Pour one drop of mineral oil on the granite. After 10 minutes, wipe the oil off the countertop. If a dark spot appears where the oil was, it’s time to seal the granite. A dark spot from mineral oil will fade within 30 minutes.
Remember that sealing granite is key to maintaining the beauty of the stone. If you have any questions about how to maintain your stone, please don’t hesitate to contact us.