While it is true that sealing improves the longevity and makes granite maintenance easier, it is equally true that not all granite kitchen worktops need sealing. To check whether your countertop needs sealing perform the towel test. Simply place a water-soaked cotton towel on the surface and leave for 5-10 min. If after removing it, the stone looks darken; then you definitely need to seal it to make it more water and oil spills resistant.
Now the second most important thing to do would be to choose the sealer. While the market is flooded with various types of sealers, it is important that you choose one according to your countertop. Usually people mistake granite and marble countertops and fail to select the right sealer; same is the case with quartz worktops. Different stones require specific sealers for effective results.
The first thing would be to distinguish between water-based and solvent-based sealers. While both are adequate, water-based sealers are comparatively easier to apply and more environment friendly. Experts also advise to use sealers with fluorocarbon aliphatic resin as an ingredient as these are known to provide good protection against oil spills and provide the best value for money instead of being a little expensive. Silicon-based sealers are recommended to be left off alone as they can sometimes cause colour deterioration.
Stay tuned to our next blog to know more about the steps one needs to follow to apply sealer to their countertops without the professional help. For further queries or more information, call 01274377600 and ask our expert team of professional stonemasons.