You’ve got granite countertops, and you love them, but you also need to know that after about 18 months of using them, they should be thoroughly scrubbed and sealed.
When it’s your turn to seal granite countertops to clean them up and protect them again against another 18 months of use, and you find that a contractor mega overcharges, it’s time for my DIY to seal your granite countertops on your schedule and for a fraction of the price!
This is not a hard DIY to accomplish; it just takes a little elbow grease, one product we have personally used and love, and the want to maintain your investment.
If those things seem reasonable, read on as we share the HOW TO process!
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Why To Easily Seal Granite Countertops Yourself
When the contractor installed them, she probably advised that you seal them every year or every 18 months.
So why should you easily seal and maintain countertops of granite yourself?
- No in-house appointments to keep with contractors, do this DIY at your own pace.
- Save hundreds of dollars on a task that is not hard to do
- Keep your counters sealed and look amazing
- Affordable product that provides great results
You’ve got some time on your hands, and those porous granite countertops need to be sealed.
Today’s Method To Seal Granite Countertops is Easy
I’ll show you the product I used to get a shiny, sealed granite countertop. Elbow grease saves you hundreds that you can put towards new tools or shoes (lol, I had to say it!).
Why Did I Seal Our Countertops?
Because I called the contractor, who vowed to come out after installation to seal them again, but he would not come out and refused to find the time.
To be honest, I called the contractor between my travels and asked him to come back for another granite installation in another room. Unfortunately, the contractor was too busy to help me.
Then, when he came out for a repair, he offered to seal the counter for a LOT of Money, when in reality it was NOT worth the price!
My Favorite Kitchen Upgrade: Granite Countertops
The day we installed our granite countertops was one of my favorite upgrade days in our new home.
I live out of our kitchen when I am not traveling for work as a travel and culinary travel gal!
Scheduling the installation was a logistical nightmare (with my schedule) and the granite provider.
Eventually, it all fell together, and I am so happy we bid adieu to the old countertops.
I am sure your story reads similarly unless you bought a home with installed granite countertops.
Take the ‘UGH’ out of sealing granite countertops!
Not really feeling like taking on any more ‘projects’ in the house, I did not want to seal the granite countertops myself.
When I talked to the granite guy, he estimated the cost of sealing my granite countertops.
If you’ve watched cartoons and seen eyeballs pop out and then go back in on a slinky, that’s my version.
The counter space area is larger, and there is ‘elbow grease,’ For 20 minutes between applications, the bill was approximately $500.
The company’s schedule to seal our countertops did not mesh with mine, and the price was insane!
How To Maintain the Countertops of Grainte It’s Easy
Also, the contractor should never have offered it because he preferred installation to upkeep.
For me to do this little task on my own approximately $50.
What Sealer Did I Use To Seal My Granite Countertops?
One of the biggest decisions was which granite sealer to use on my countertops.
I spent time reading reviews before I tackled all of this.
Also, I took a trip to Home Depot and Lowe’s and talked to the people in the departments.
The overall word on the granite street was Granite Gold.
NO streaking or headaches, just plain easy.
There was another product in-store, and no one recommended it.
All-in-all, I spent about $60 (not $50) because I used a spray bottle and a 1/2 as well as the sealer.
Everyone’s granite countertop space is different; you might need more or less.
Don’t forget about your bathrooms etc.
Step- by step: How to Easily Seal Granite Countertops.
You need to clean your countertops.
Free them of any loose debris first, like breadcrumbs and food particles.
Then you’ve got actually to clean them.
However, if you have lighter countertops, steer away from green because it will leave a small stain (so I’ve been told by someone there, done that!).
Wash your countertops, then allow them to dry completely.
Walk away, do other things, or wash them before you go to bed.
Get off anything sticky, but don’t scrub with steel wool or abrasive anything.
Soap and water do the trick.
Next Step to Easily Seal Granite Countertops
Ensure you have time because you can’t let the sealer dry on the countertop.
You’ll need to buff and shine, then repeat.
I was spacing out about 20 minutes between applications.
Also, you need to NOT use the newly sealed countertop for at least 24 hours.
Once I was done, I followed it with the Granite Gold Polish Spray.
Planning is crucial when sealing granite countertops.
I alternated my granite countertop sealing.
Starting on the chef’s center island and a side counter first, then the other counter the next day.
Since the counters really needed sealing, I had to make 2 applications.
Each took me approximately 30 minutes as I sprayed, buffed, and polished.
Remember, I had to allow 20 minutes in between.
My project would have taken my contractor about 4 hours + in labor.
Working Around Your Schedule Makes It Easy To Do
I saved myself time, money, and sanity.
I did not have to make sure the WHOLE downstairs was picked up.
It usually is, but I wouldn’t say I like things out of place, especially with people inbound.
Next, I worked as soon as I woke up so that the next morning, that area could return to normal, and I could start the others.
We picked up dinner, so I did not work in the sink nor chance spattering with water.
Before and After Sealing Granite Countertops
It’s easy and gratifying to see the before and after.
Photos of this did not show the glisten, but it shines and is sealed.
Would I do this again?
Yep, in a heartbeat!
Never be afraid to get your hands dirty or to exercise your elbows ~ DANA XO
Step-by-Step Method of Easily Sealing Granite Countertops Here
How To Easily Seal Granite Countertops
Can It Be? Easily Seal Granite Countertops.The day we installed our granite countertops was one of my favorite upgrade days in our new home. Basically I live out of our kitchen when I am not traveling for work as a travel and culinary travel gal! Being honest, the installation process had me reconsidering my decision, especially because of the center island countertops and the boom! Scheduling the installation was a logistical nightmare (with my schedule) and the granite provider. Eventually, it all fell together and I am so happy we bid adieu to the old countertops. I am sure your story reads similarly unless you bought a home with granite countertops already installed?
Ugh, It's That Time to Seal Granite Countertops.Not really feeling like taking on any more 'projects' in the house, I did not want to seal the granite countertops myself. Being honest, I called the contractor in between all of my traveling and had asked him to come back for another granite installation in another room. Unfortunately, the contractor was too busy to help me. I was trying to have him install a countertop in a new room, and then purchase his service of sealing countertops, which he offered when he installed.The company's schedule and mine did not mesh, and it was clashing at least 2 months forwards.
I'm Digging In Myself and There's A Bonus Waiting for Me!
- Lint Cloths
- Scrubbing brush (soft only) or Cloth
- Elbow Grease
- 3-4 Lint-Free Cotton Cloths no fabric softener on them
- Dawn Detergent
- A washcloth or soft scrubber
- 1-2 Bottles of Granite Gold
- 1 Bottle of Granite Gold Polish optional
- First wipe all debris off counters, including crumbs, spills, etc.
- Next, wash counters with Dawn detergent, not using steel wool or any abrasive scrubbing tools.
- Dish detergent will work well (see my blog note about green and light countertops)
- Allow counters to completely dry.
- Next, mist 3-foot areas (not more) with Granite Gold Sealer and follow with a lint-free cotton cloth.
- Go back over the same area (before it drys) with a DIFFERENT cotton lint-free cloth to shine.
- Never allow the Granite Gold Sealer To Dry.
- Allow 20 minutes between applications, if placing a second application on.
- Follow the exact same instructions for the sealer as above for the 2nd application.
- Once the last application has been sprayed, buffed and polished allow the countertop to remain free of anything for 24 hours.
- At the end of 24 hours, you can replace any items to the sealed countertop or you can first apply a coat of Granite Gold Polish then replace items.
- Follow directions on the package to polish.
Other Simple Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make
So I love upgrading and adding in items I most need.
Add-In An Undermount Sink, it makes life easier when wiping up!