How to Choose the Right Sealant for Your Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are highly resistant to chips, stains, and cracks, but only when cared for properly. One of the ways to preserve the lifespan and beauty of these natural stone countertops is by sealing them.
If you are ready to seal your granite countertop, you might wonder what sealant to choose from – after all, the market is full of choices. Naturally, you should consult the retailer that sold or installed the granite countertops first, like the team at PF Custom Countertops, to see what is recommended for your type of granite, and the use.
Why Sealants are Critical
A sealant should penetrate deep into the stone, which helps it protect the surface from stains, fight off the bacterial invasion, and keep it easy to clean. Look at the products carefully before you choose them and pay attention to their ability to penetrate the stone. Professional contractors prefer those with impregnating abilities because they absorb deeply and keep your granite looking as new as possible.
These sealants help keep away moisture, reduce mould risks, and eliminate any worry of bacteria getting into the grooves of the stone.
Features to Look for When Choosing a Sealant for Granite Countertops
While you stand in the aisle of your home improvement store overwhelmed with all the options, consider the following features to help ensure you pick the right sealant for the job:
• Stone Sealant: Make sure the sealant you are considering is a stone sealant. Some sealants are meant for laminate or other non-natural stone surfaces. A stone sealant will be gentle enough to polish and seal the surface of your stone without scratching it.
• Gentle for All Stone Types: Avoid any cleaner or sealant only made for a specific type of stone. Instead, look for one that is gentle to use on all kinds, or one made specially for granite. If you have mixtures of non-granite gravel on the countertop, such as a custom-made product, then you want an all-stone friendly version.
• Coverage: You want enough of that product to cover all granite surfaces in your house, so look for something that has a minimum of 160 to 180 square feet per quart.
• Invisible Dry: Some products leave a yellowish film on your countertops, and some will even dull the surface. Look for a sealant that dries invisible and will not change your stone’s colour, even if you have a white finish. Also, it should be fast drying, with a maximum of ten minutes from the time of application.
• Resistance: The finished sealant should be able to repel any oil-based and water-based liquids.
Choose the Right Granite Countertops for Your Home in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, and St. Albert
The quality of your granite countertop will also help determine the type of sealant you need. You want granite that has been manufactured to reduce any imperfections that make it hard to seal.
The team at PF Custom Countertops has an array of granite countertops to choose from. We can help you pick and install the perfect countertop. Our team can also offer advice and suggestions for sealing your countertops each year, so they look as breathtaking as the day you had them installed.
You can also contact us online or call us at 888-484-0831 to ask about our granite countertops and customized kitchen finishes.