Homeowners are often asking us how often they should seal granite and other natural stone. Truth is, you can never over-seal natural stone, and we recommend testing it regularly to determine if it’s time to reseal. We often suggest using Daylight Savings Time as a simple reminder to put on your calendar. We often suggest using Daylight Savings Time as a simple reminder to put on your calendar. Many of us also use Daylight Savings to remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors, so it also helps to serve as a reminder to test the protective seal.
Here’s how you can do that: Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface and let it sit for 30 minutes. Be sure to do this in several locations, since the integrity of the seal could vary from one area to another. If the water beads, then the stone remains sealed. However, if the stone is penetrated – look for a dark mark or ring created by the water – it is time to reseal. Check for etching and stains as well before sealing your stone surfaces. You’ll want to fix these issues before the sealant is applied.
If you discover etches, consult with a professional restoration specialist with the proper tools and training. Most stains, however, can be removed with a DIY solution. Here’s how from another one of our blog posts: “How to Remove Stains From Granite and Other Natural Stone.”
When sealing natural stone surfaces, be sure to following our “Three Easy, Essential Steps to Caring for Your Natural Stone.”
After reading all this, you’re next question might be “Where can I find these products in a store near me?” We’re regularly updating our Store Locator, where all you have to do is enter your zip code and enter which product(s) you’re looking for (or leave that part blank, and the results will give you all local stores carrying Granite Gold® products).
And with all this talk around Daylight Savings, remember to turn your clocks one hour forward before you go to bed Saturday night!