When the contractor installed them, she probably advised that you seal them every year or every 18 months.
Now it’s time to learn how to easily seal granite countertops.
In fact, sealing granite countertops is an easy DIY.
Get ready to save yourself hundreds of dollars.
No in-house appointments to keep with contractors, just do this DIY at your own pace.
You’ve got some time on your hands and those porous granite countertops need to be sealed.
What are you waiting for?
I’ll show you the product I used to get a shiny, sealed granite countertop.
Elbow grease goes a long way in saving you hundreds that you can put towards new tools or shoes (lol, had to say it!).
Can It Be? Easily Seal Granite Countertops.
Today I will share a cleaner we used in our kitchen.
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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!
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!
When I talked to the granite guy, he had estimated the cost to seal my granite countertops.
If you’ve watched cartoons, and have seen eyeballs pop out and then go back in like on a slinky, that’s my version of it.
The counter space area is larger, and there is ‘elbow grease’ and 20 minutes between applications the bill was approximately $500.
So, the contractor needed me to be here for over 4 hours and basically, that stopped my world too!
This won’t work.
Also, I don’t think he wanted to do it, and I am fine with that he saved me money!
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 to Seal Granite Countertops.
You really need to clean your countertops.
Free them of any loose debris first, like breadcrumbs, food particles.
Then you’ve got to actually 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 who’s been 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 for Your Fabulous Granite Countertops
Make sure you have time because you can’t let the sealer dry on the countertop.
You’ll need to buff and shine, then repeat.
Spacing out about 20 minutes between applications.
Also, you really 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.
I alternated my granite countertop sealing.
Starting on the chef’s center island and a side counter first, then the other counters, the next day.
Since the counters were really in need of sealing, I had to do 2 applications.
Each took me approximately 30 minutes, as I sprayed, buffed, and then polished.
Remember, I had to allow 20 minutes in between.
My project would have taken my contractor about 4 hours + in labor.
Working Around My Schedule
All things considered, 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 don’t 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 go back 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.
It’s easy and gratifying to see the before and after.
Photo’ing this did not really 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
Use my Step-by-Step How Method of Easily Sealing Granite Countertops Here
- 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)
- Lint Cloths
- Scrubbing brush (soft only) or Cloth
- Elbow Grease
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.
Clean all surfaces FIRST removing anything sticky or any crumbs, etc.
Wash and allow to dry.
Do NOT ALLOW the sealer to dry on surface or it will haze.
Use cloths that are lint-free, 100% Cotton with NO FABRIC softener on them.
Shine immediately after application and it should not be 'sopping' wet.
Repeat as necessary up to 3 applications.
Leave 20 minutes between each application.
It took me about 30 minutes per application on each piece of granite, however granite size varies so will time spent.
Buff in a circular motion.
Follow with the Polish or don't, really a personal decision.
Make sure to mark your calendar for a year forward to seal your granite again.
Store in a cool place that is not exposed to sunshine.
Don't use countertop until the sealer has cured for 24 hours AFTER application.