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Why You Need Sealer for Granite Countertops

granite countertopsGranite countertops are complete by themselves, which means they do not need any extra finishing or polishing. But to maintain beauty and durability through the years, granite countertops may require sealing to preserve the shine and stay protected from etching and staining.

Although granite by default is moisture-resistant, it is porous. Colored liquids like red wine and grape juice can all discolor the countertop. Here comes the role of sealer. The sealer seals the countertop preventing liquid or any harmful agents from entering the pores of the granite.

Different pieces of granites may have different porosities. Small areas of faucets, kitchen countertop where stovetops are placed and sinks are the most vulnerable area of damage. These areas are required to be sealed more often.

For sealing the granite countertop you will first have to buy a good quality countertop cleaner and a sealer that is water and oil resistant. The countertop should be dry before you start sealing the countertop. Take up small areas one by one for sealing the granite.

Your stone supplier might not recommend having the granite countertop sealed unless you ask him a straightforward question. There is no harm in getting the countertop sealed if you know that it will only increase the shelf life of the granite. A proper sealing, as stated above, can help prevent staining and you can have a shining countertop in your kitchen, bathroom, and living area for years to come. However, you may be required to repeat the sealing annually to keep them shining.

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