Written by Katie Hinkle | DENVER, CO | March 14th, 2019
Granite countertops, much like marble, sandstone, slate, and other natural stone material, are resistant to stains and are much easier to clean when they are sealed properly.
Choosing the Right Sealant
The deeper the sealant penetrates into the surface of the material, the better the countertop will resist stains and keep out bacteria. For this reason, look for products known as impregnating stone sealers. These impregnators are water- or solvent-based solutions that penetrate below the surface and become repellents. They are generally hydrophobic (water-repelling) as well as oleophobic (oil-repelling). Impregnators keep contaminants out, but does not stop the interior moisture from escaping. These products are considered “breathing” which means they have vapor transmission. The top-rated product in this class is the Tenax Hydrex Impregnating Stone Sealer .
Features Needed for a Good Sealer
- Usable on all stone surfaces
- Coverage of 16-180 square feet per quart
- Dries invisible without altering stone color
- Dries in 5-10 minutes
- The result is a surface that repels water-based liquids and oils
How to Seal Natural Stone Countertops
Here’s what to do:
- Clean the surface of the natural stone with a mild kitchen cleaner or any cleaning product designed for that type of stone. Allow the countertop to complete dry.
- When dry, use another clean, dry, line-free cloth to apply the sealer.
- Wet the cloth with the impregnating sealer and wipe the sealer onto the surface of the counter.
- Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the first coat to dry.
- Repeat steps 3-4 to apply a second coat. When the second coat is dry, the natural stone countertop is sealed. The full repellant effect is achieved within 24 hours, so wait a day before preparing food on the countertop.
When properly sealed with an impregnating product, the surface of the natural stone will repel moisture and oil, virtually eliminating the risk of stains.
However, it is still necessary to dry spills on the countertop and properly clean oil from it. No matter what type of impregnating sealer is used, always follow the instructions on the container. The result will be lasting beauty and durability for years to come!
About Brekhus Tile & Stone
Brekhus Tile & Stone is a family-owned tile and stone installation contractor based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1998, the company excels at complex, custom, high-end stone and tile installation projects that present technical challenges.
Working throughout the state of Colorado, Brekhus has delivered superior craftsmanship in hundreds of jobs in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes and the nation’s largest restaurant and hotel chains. Our clientele includes: Denver International Airport, Ralph Carr Justice Center, Capital Grille, the Ameristar Casino Resort at Black Hawk, Coors Field, Union Station, and Civic Center Station. In addition to commercial work, Brekhus also designs and builds high-end residential projects including kitchens, bathrooms, spas, heated decks and other luxury home features requiring custom tile and stone. Brekhus Tile & Stone has its own fabrication facility – Brekhus Marble & Granite. On top of being able to cut granite, marble, and other stone to precise specifications, Brekhus Marble & Granite also works with all varieties of flooring tile, porcelain, and other materials.
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