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Granite countertops are a beautiful and luxurious addition to your kitchen. They provide a great look and are also a great investment. With the proper care and maintenance, granite countertops can last for the life of your home.
If you have been curious as to whether sealing your countertops is the best option for you, there is a quick and easy test that you can perform to find out if your countertops need to be sealed. Place three to four drops of water on your countertop and leave it for fifteen to twenty minutes. When you check the area where you placed the water drops, if they have absorbed into the granite, then you need to seal your countertops. There may be a water stain left over after the water has absorbed, but once thoroughly dried, the stain should disappear.
There are several benefits to sealing your granite countertops.
Preserving your countertops is not just great for you and your family, an added benefit is that it increases the resale value of your home. Over time granite can lose its original sheen and become dull. Often the worst offender of a dull and lackluster countertop is household cleaners and water. Sealing is beneficial if you would like to preserve the look of your countertops for years to come.
Sealing your countertops adds to their durability by reducing damaged caused by acidic foods and household cleaners. The damage this acidity causes the countertops is commonly referred to as etching. The acidity eats away at the stone creating a dull finish.
Sealing your granite countertops has the added benefit of easy cleaning. Water and other liquids will pool up and be easily wiped away after sealing your countertops. The liquids will no longer be absorbed into the granite after sealing. No scrubbing or scouring required.
Many foods and chemicals can stain your granite countertops. As mentioned, liquids can absorb into the granite and if they are colored liquids, such as red wine or fruit juice, the stain can penetrate and permanently stain. Sealing prevents the liquids from absorbing and allows you to easy and effectively wipe away the mess.
If your countertops need to be sealed, contact Lexmar. We can install and seal your granite countertops which will give you peace of mind when caring and maintaining your countertops.