Summer is nearing its end, which means that we have been in our house for almost a year. While this milestone mainly just means that we’re celebrating not having any walls that need painting, there are also a few household maintenance issues that need to be taken care of, like sealing our precious granite. Since granite is stone, it possesses some of the same porous qualities exhibited in stones in nature. Not a big deal, but we don’t really like the idea of having grape juice colored countertops, so an annual sealing treatment helps protect against unwanted stains.
Following the directions on the back of our sealer (purchased from Home Depot), we first removed everything from the countertop and gave it a good scrubbing. Home improvement stores sell cleaner specifically for granite countertops, but we found that the degreaser formula of our Shaklee cleaners worked well. After that, we made sure everything was nice and dry with a soft cloth. Then, to make sure it was really dry, we waited about 24 hours (overnight and through the school day).
When we got home from work, we sprayed the countertop, waited a few minutes (it was almost dry), sprayed it again, then polished the area with a soft cloth. Then, we let the sealer dry. Finally, we buffed everything with a towel.
We’re excited about the extra shine that the sealer gives to the countertops, and about the peace of mind that we have knowing that we don’t have to agonize over stains each time we (well, usually I) spill something.