Seal Granite Countertops Yearly
LESLIE: Stewart in Texas has a counter question for us. What can we do for you?
STEWART: Hi, I have a house that’s about four years old and it has granite countertops in the kitchen. The granite though, it’s not as smooth as what I would really like it to be. When I run my hand across it I can feel small voids in it. It’s not like it’s been worn. It’s like it was that way even when they first put it in and just never did anything more with it. Is there something that can be done like to either grind that down more to get rid of the voids?
LESLIE: Well you feel like a space; almost as if like a piece has been chipped out. Correct?
LESLIE: Yeah, you have to – this is sort of like the myth about granite countertops that no one tells you. They need to be resealed every year. Because when they cut the granite it ends up having these like chips and gouges all through it and then they put like a clear resin sort of heavy coating over it that fills in all these spaces and gives you that nice, smooth, super-glossy surface and that wears down, you know, annually with cleaning; with improper cleaning products. And so once a year you do need to reseal it.
STEWART: OK, and that’ll fill back in those voids then?
LESLIE: It absolutely will.
STEWART: OK, and you don’t have to worry about the product getting up into food things that you’re chopping up on the counter or anything like that?
TOM: No, not once it dries.
STEWART: OK. OK, well thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Stewart. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.