Do's & Dont's
Because granite and marble are so easy to care for and are strong, condensed stones, they really don’t require much care. However, there are a few things that can be done to keep them clean and shiny.
Cleaning is not very costly, a simple clean cotton cloth and some hot water will do the trick. You can occasionally use some pure lemon juice or even white vinegar mixed in hot water.
Although sealants are supposed to last up to 15 years, we do recommend resealing natural stone once every 5 to 10 years. There are granite and marble sealants which can be purchased at any stone manufacturing company.
Depending on use, you may occasionally scratch or stain your countertop. Here are some reminders of what not to do.
Avoid placing any hot item directly on the granite or marble surface, especially if they contain oil or grease. Hot liquids may penetrate stone surfaces.
Be careful with spills (ex. Red wines, grease) which may stain your counter if not cleaned right away. Never leave spills of any sort unattended.
When eating on granite or marble surfaces it is always recommended to use proper placemats.
Avoid sharp objects and cutting directly on the surface. Marble may be scratched and for either granite or marble a sharp object may rupture the applied sealant, thus enabling liquids to penetrate the surface.
A "Wipe on" / "Buff off" procedure
Apply Seal-It-Right to a small piece of soft white lint-free cotton cloth. Wipe on a small area of the counter — approximately 6 square feet area at a time. Let soak in about 2 minutes. Buff off excess sealer. DO NOT LET IT DRY ON THE SURFACE. Apply a second coat right away, using the same method. Then allow 8 to 10 hours to dry before adding additional coats. Different stones have different density. After 2 or more coats of sealer, do the following tests:
Testing For water repellence: Sprinkle drops of water on the surface (leave for approximately 30 minutes). Check for absorption and re-apply more sealer if the stone absorbs water.
Testing For Oil Repellence: When granite does not absorb water, sprinkle one drop of oil in an inconspicuous area and test for absorption. Add more coats of Seal-It-Right if necessary. Oil repellence is important.
NOTE: Granite will take at least 2 or more coats for good repellence. Light colour granites need more coats of this repellent sealer. Be you best judge!
NOTE: As you add more coats of Seal-It-Right, the granite will not easily absorb the sealer with each additional coat. Be careful not to let the sealer dry on the surface as a scum.
You should re-apply 1 coat of sealer each year to assure that the top surface is fully sealed.