A timeless beauty
A granite kitchen countertop can make a seemingly boring kitchen suddenly come alive and brings a certain ambiance to the table. It exudes elegance as well as timeless beauty and anyone who sees it will most likely fall in love with it. Not to mention, granite countertops definitely add value to a property!
Like most things in the world, there are advantages and disadvantages of having a granite countertop. It is important to know them first to avoid any hardships later.
Granite is amazingly durable!
You can place hot items on granite or even cut something on its surface . You don’t need to worry because nothing will leave their mark on your granite. Granite is tough on scratches and any unsightly marks.
Once it has been sealed, it is already stain resistant. It is also non-porous that’s why you can be certain that when you clean your granite countertop, it will be totally clean. You don’t need to spend so much time brushing it because a simple wipe in one passing can clean all the dirt.
So again, it only requires low maintenance and cleaning is such a breeze.
* Fun fact, No two granite countertops are the same!
So rest assured that you will not see your granite countertop in a friend or family member’s home. They might look similar but they are definitely not the same. Did you also know that colors of granite never fade with time? it stays the same as if it was just installed especially if you properly maintain it.
How to seal your granite countertop
Granite is porous so sealants are recommended to block liquids from seeping into the stone.
Liquids with color — like grape juice and red wine — cooking oil ¬and fat can all discolor the countertop.
Generally, you should seal most kitchen granite countertops annually. To determine if it’s time to reseal a countertop, dribble some water onto the countertop. A properly sealed countertop will beads up the moisture on the surface,. If the water drips soaks into the granite, it’s time to reseal.
Sealing is pretty straightforward. Get a good-quality granite countertop cleaner that’s designed to resist water and oil-based stains, and some clean rags. Follow the cleaner’s directions first, making sure the granite is dry before you start sealing. Some sealers, such as those with a solvent base, are good for several years
When sealing, work in small areas, allowing the sealer to absorb for the recommended amount of time before applying the second application. Then move to another area. Follow the sealer’s recommended amount of drying time (usually several hours or overnight) before using the countertops.