Is It Necessary To Polish and Seal Granite Countertops?

3-productsEverything looks great when it’s new. The day after a kitchen or bathroom remodel is completed, everything is shiny and beautiful and clean. But over time, things tend to wear down, get scuffed, discolor. It’s inevitable. Even the Mona Lisa is showing her age—and few items on earth are cared for as well, or as carefully.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to lose hope of keeping your kitchen or bathroom looking good as new for years to come. After all, as the saying goes, even a Ferrari needs a tune-up every now and then. The same goes for your granite countertops.

Yes, as beautiful and durable as they are—and don’t worry, they’re some of the most durable substances around—granite countertops are still porous, which means that they can absorb liquids or moisture. That can lead to stains or discoloring. It also means that the beautiful sheen that your granite countertops possessed when they were first installed can dull over time. So what’s the solution? Caring properly for your granite countertops can help prevent stains and discoloration, and replace that brand-new shine, but proper care means more than just cleaning.

Experts agree that cleaning is just one part of the three-step process to proper routine granite maintenance. But don’t worry, those three steps are simple when you’ve got the right tools! In the case of your granite countertops, the right tools are Rock Doctor’s complete line of stone care products, including granite cleaner, granite polish, and granite sealer products.

When your new countertops were installed, chances are they came already sealed. But, sealer wears off over time, so it’s important to make sealing your granite countertops a part of your regular maintenance. It’s a good idea to do it every 12 months, but fortunately, it’s so quick and simple that you can do it in about 10 minutes or less. Simply spray your countertops with Rock Doctor granite sealer products, wait a couple of minutes, and then wipe dry. And one can of Rock Doctor Granite & Stone Sealer will handle around 100 square feet of countertop!

If you’re not sure whether it’s time to re-seal your granite countertops, you can perform a simple water test. Just sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface. If the water beads up, then your seal is doing its job. If the water soaks in and darkens the surface, then it’s time to re-seal!

Sealing and polishing your granite countertops is important—not just to keep them looking as good as new, but also to keep them performing their best. After all, anything worth having is worth taking care of, so make cleaning, polishing, and sealing your granite countertops a part of your regular maintenance routine, with Rock Doctor’s complete line of granite cleaning, polishing, and sealing products, which you can find at fine retail stores like Lowe’s Home Improvement, as well as participating True Value, Do it Best, and Ace Hardware locations.