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Seal Granite Countertops to Protect Your Custom Kitchen For sheer elegance, nothing beats granite for kitchen countertops. Between the range of colors and the natural artistry of the striations, granite transforms an ordinary countertop into a practical object of beauty. Pair your granite countertops with custom cabinets for picture-perfect kitchen design. But true perfection takes one more step. Sealing your granite countertops makes the difference between custom kitchens that start off looking good and one that stays that way. Here’s how to reap the benefits—and what can happen if you don’t seal your countertops: Seal In Value: Granite countertops can add tremendous value to your home. Protect your investment by applying a sealant or having it professionally done. If you don’t seal: All that value will plummet if the granite becomes stained or scratched. Protect the Pores: Granite is porous. As natural stone, it’s made up of mineral crystals that fit together. However, the size and connectedness of the crystals vary from one type of granite another. That’s what gives rise to all the attractive colors and textures. It also means that some granite countertops are more porous—and thus more absorbent—than others. Add a good sealant and porosity won’t be an issue. If you don’t seal: Your countertop may react to stains like a paper towel, with permanent results. Stop the Seep: Many granite countertops feature natural pitting and fissures. Those naturally occurring recesses add to its beauty. That is, until someone spills coffee or cooking oil, forgets to mop up grape juice, or leaves an uncapped felt pen next to the grocery list. If you seal the granite, you won’t stress over every day messes. If you don’t seal: Spills can seep down into the pits and fissures to form a stubborn, unwanted grout. Prevent the Dent: Sealing your countertops can prevent staining from happening in the first place. It also makes your countertops scratch resistant. If you don’t seal: The natural beauty of pattern variations will take second place to the dents and scratches caused by utensils, sand and grit, and corrosive acids. You say you don’t keep acids in the kitchen? Guess again— vinegar, lemon juice, and certain cleansers can all erode unsealed granite surfaces. Test for Timing: Opinions vary on how often granite countertops should be sealed. Some


experts say twice a year, others once a year. Moreover, the latest trend involves adding a sealant that can reportedly last up to 15 years. Fortunately, a simple test will indicate whether granite is due for re-sealing. Pour a teaspoon of water on a sample area. If the water seeps into the granite, as opposed to forming beads on top, it is time to seal. If you don’t seal: Your previous maintenance may have been for nothing. Keep It Neutral: Some areas of your granite countertop may be more vulnerable than others. The granite around the sink may need sealing more often, because it is subjected to more cleaning products and liquids. That said, it is fine, even advisable, to use cleaning products on granite. As long as the countertop has been sealed and you use a neutral cleaner with a pH near or at 7.0, you’ll be extending the life of the granite. If you don’t seal: You could be eroding the surface every time you clean. For more information visit us at http://www.woodcabinetfactory.com

Seal granite countertops to protect your custom kitchen  

Sealing your custom kitchen’s granite countertops has many benefits. It protects the value that granite adds significant value to your home,...

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