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How Frequently Does Sealer Need to Be Applied to Your Stone Countertop?

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Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs, CO

Many stone countertops are porous. If something is spilled on them, it can soak into the pores, staining the countertop. Using a sealer on the stone surface helps to fill in pores, preventing these stains from happening. The majority of countertops are sealed immediately after they are installed. However, you may be wondering how frequently your stone countertop needs to be resealed. Read on to learn more.

How Frequently Does Sealer Need to Be Applied to Your Stone Countertop?

Unfortunately, there is not a specific timeframe for when sealer needs to be applied to your stone countertop. Sealer needs to be reapplied when it begins to wear off. Some people have their stone countertop resealed every six months, while other people go a few years between applying a sealer.

What Factors Affect the Frequency in Which Your Stone Countertop Needs to Be Sealed?

There are many factors that affect the frequency in which your stone countertop needs to be sealed. The type of stone countertop you have, the type of sealer that is used, the type of products you clean your countertop with, and the frequency in which you use and wipe down your countertop can all affect how frequently your stone countertops need to be resealed.

How Can You Test Whether Your Stone Countertop Needs to Be Resealed?

The easiest way to tell if your stone countertop needs to be resealed is to do a water-drop test. Drip a few drops of water on the countertop. If the water balls up and sits on the surface, your sealer is still doing its job. If the water soaks into the countertop, your surface needs to be resealed. Do the test on different areas on your countertop, particularly those that get the most use, as sealer can wear unevenly.

Stone countertops can add beauty and style to your kitchen or bathrooms. If you are interested in purchasing stone countertops in Colorado Springs, Planet Granite can help you decide what type of stone is ideal for your home, meets your needs, and fits within your budget. Contact us today to learn more.

How to Remove Acid Etching From Granite Countertops

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Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

Prolonged or repeated exposure to acidic compounds can wreak havoc on the finish of your granite countertops. Acids in foods, household cleaners, and other substances all have the potential to make the finish look dull and damaged. When acid etching occurs, you can often repair the surface by polishing away the damage and restoring its shine. If that does not work, however, you may need to consult with your Colorado Springs granite countertop installers to discuss replacement. But first, try the restoration process below.

Clean the Damaged Area

Before polishing the surface, you will need to clean the damaged area using a specialized stone-cleansing solution. You will only need to use a small amount of this solution to effectively clean the surface. After applying the cleaner, scrub the countertops with a soft sponge and then dry them with a microfiber cloth.

Polish the Surface

To restore the shine to your countertops, you must remove the damaged upper surface. You can do this by using a felt buffing pad driven by an electric drill. To improve the effectiveness of the buffing process, apply a polishing compound mixed with water to the felt pad. With its rough grit, this compound removes the acid etching and leaves behind a smooth surface.

After buffing away the damaged material, work on restoring the stone’s luster using a polishing paste. As it is made with a finer-grit material, this paste polishes the stone up nicely, helping it shine once again.

Apply Sealer

To keep your countertops looking their best, remember to apply sealer to the restored surface. The sealer goes on easily with a rag and stands up to the toughest jobs you can throw at it. Do your best to avoid acidic substances, however, as those can go right through the sealer and etch the surface.

On completing these steps, you should not be able to see any remaining acid etching. If you’re not satisfied with the results, give our team at Planet Granite a call at 719-522-0748 to discuss replacement granite countertops in Colorado Springs.

Selecting the Best Granite Sealer for Your Countertops

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Selecting the Best Granite Sealer for Your Countertops

If you see dark spots on your countertops when you spill something or wash them up, then it is likely time to apply a sealer to the surface. In completing your kitchen renovation in Colorado Springs, you have many different sealer options to consider. To help you make the best choice, you can use this guide to explore the different types of sealers and when to use them.

Water Based

Water-based sealers penetrate deep into the pores in the granite to repel water and other liquids from the inside-out. This keeps liquids from penetrating the stone materials and causing deep stains to set in. You may also find these water-based formulas labeled as impregnating sealers. It is possible to find these sealers with a solvent base, but their noxious fumes make them a poor choice for use in your living area.

Color Enhancing

If you want to enhance the finish while protecting it, you can use a color-enhancing sealer to complete the job. This sealer starts with an oil-based impregnating sealer and then adds color enhancers that deepen the hues in the granite. Your countertops will have rich tones and a beautiful shine that lasts after applying this sealer to the surface.

Topical

Unlike the other two options, a topical sealer does not penetrate the surface of the granite. Instead, it creates a thick layer on top that protects the stone from stains, scratches, and etching. This type of sealer requires a bit more maintenance than the others since it picks up the damage instead. You will need to lightly buff the sealer to keep the surface looking glossy and free of imperfections.

How to Choose the Sealer for Your Granite Countertops

To determine which sealer to choose, you must reflect on your vision of your Colorado Springs home remodeling project. For assistance in making this important decision, reach out to our team at Planet Granite with a call to 719-522-0748.

 

Signs Your Granite Countertop Needs to be Resealed

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Granite sounds fancy, there’s just no way of getting around that. In fact, apartments and home listings that use the word granite are more likely to be sold than ones that use the words ‘charming’ or ‘spacious.’ However as attractive as Colorado Springs granite countertop looks in a listing, some people may think it’s too much work to have to take care of them. Once you know the signs though and some simple tests, you can keep your granite countertops looking like new without a lot of hassle.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Luxury options like quartz countertops in Colorado springs have a reputation for being a lot of upkeep because it’s porous. Granite countertops are even more porous, meaning that you’ll need to keep an eye on them to know if they’re starting to absorb liquids that will make them quickly lose their luster. The good news is that it’s easy to tell and simple to fix.

Signs and Tests

You want a slow absorption so you have plenty of leeway between when a spill happens and when you have a chance to clean it up for no lasting permanent damage. If you take a quarter cup of water and pour it on your countertop, you can use a timer to see how your counters holds up. If it absorbs right away, your countertop will need to be sealed, so apply a couple layers every year and be sure to clean up any spills quickly.  If it takes between 4 and 5 minutes, then you can apply multiple layers every 3 to 5 years. If it’s 10 minutes, you only need one layer and that layer will likely last you years. Anything longer than than and it likely doesn’t need to be sealed at all.

If you need extra help, then Planet Granite is here for you, so give us a call today for more information!

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