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Daily Countertop Care
clean up with soap and water is sufficient. Clean
up any spills as they occur. Do not use harsh cleaning products. The
Lusto care products are a nice compliment to soap and water
clean up and will keep your stone looking its best.
How and When to Seal a Granite Countertop
is an ongoing debate within the stone industry regarding if
and when to seal a granite countertop. There are those
who say that all stone needs to be sealed and others who say
that only some very porous stones need sealing. The best
way to find out is to perform a simple absorbency test as follows: Place
about a teaspoon of water on the stone surface and allow it to
sit for one to two minutes. If the stone becomes dark under
the water, which indicates that it is absorbent, then the stone
will need to be sealed.
Purchase a sealer that is made for granite countertops.
Your local hardware store should carry various sealants for granite
countertops. We recommend using a Penetrating Sealer
and have a brand called Hydrex available for $15.
Remove all items from your countertops
and clean them with a stone cleaner or Acetone. Dry the area
with a clean dry towel. If
your stone around the sink and faucet is cloudy from soap or
mineral buildup, buff that area with a “0000” steel wool. This
will not scratch your stone and should restore the shine.
Sprinkle the sealer directly on the countertop and using
a clean cloth, spread evenly across the entire surface. Allow
the applied sealer to dry for three or four minutes.
Wait until it is almost dry and apply another sealer
coat onto the granite. Rub the sealer into the granite with a
Allow the sealer to dry. Depending on the sealer brand
you use, drying time could take as long as three to four hours.
Buff the countertop with a soft, dry cloth.