handyman graniteAs a handyman, I get asked about everything under the sun. I had a customer that had a new granite countertop installed and it was really beautiful. It had an undermount sink with holes cut in the counter for the faucet. It looked very custom. A few weeks after it was installed, it the customer noticed some staining around the soap dispenser so she called the company that installed the granite. Apparently, the installer and salesman neglected to inform her that the granite would need to be sealed. The stains were a result of water dripping on the counter and permeating the stone. Granite is porous and the water was sitting on it and being absorbed into the stone which gave that area a darker appearance.

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Sealing the granite is surprisingly easy. The important thing is to select a good stone cleaner and then a good sealer. You can go to specialty stores, or a home center sells them too.

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Cleaning the counter is the first step. Get rid of all crumbs and debris and then apply the cleaner. The products are typically spray-on and wipe off.

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Follow the directions from the manufacturer for both cleaning and sealing products. Clean the surface, wait for drying time, and then seal it.

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Sealing it is as easy as spraying on the product, waiting, and then wiping it off. The manufacturer generally suggests several applications of the sealer initially, and then every six or twelve months thereafter.

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