Resealing Your Countertops: What You Need to Know

Why Should I Reseal My Countertops?

First of all, not everyone needs to reseal their countertops. You only need to worry about doing this if you have countertops made out of the following materials:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • Quartzite

You do NOT need to seal:

  • Soapstone
  • Quartz (man-made quartzite)

These types of materials need to be sealed because they are porous, so liquids can seep into them and cause staining and other damage. So, the main issue you’re looking at when it comes to forgetting to seal your countertops is ugly staining on what was probably pretty expensive natural stone. It would be a shame and a waste, and once it’s stained, it’s impossible to remove.

A lot of people actually choose not to invest in natural stone countertops because of their need to be sealed. But really, sealing your countertops twice a year is no big deal. It’s just a question of remembering to do it.

What Happens If I Don’t Reseal My Countertops?

Again, the goal of sealing your countertops is to keep them clean and stain-free, so not sealing them will make them look worn, stained, and discolored. You’ll also expose them to scratch marks and other damages from knives or moving appliances. Not sealing your granite is just asking for serious damage to the material that could ultimately bring the value of your kitchen (and therefore house) way down. Seal your countertops! It’s easy!

Panic level: 1, but it might cost you some money.

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Resealing Countertops:


  • 1. Completely clear your counters.
    • Put the blender and toaster away, move the microwave, and do your dishes! You’ll need a totally clean, empty space for this.

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  • 2. Clean your counters with soap and water and let them dry.
    • All you need to do is wipe them down thoroughly with a soap and water solution and then let them dry all the way. Do NOT move on to step three until your counters are 100% clean and dry.

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  • 3. Apply liberal amount of sealant.
    • Spray a thin but thorough and consistent layer of sealant all over the countertops. Don’t miss any spots, and make sure to get the corners.

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  • 4. Wait for 15 minutes.
    • Scroll your newsfeed, check your email, do what you do. Set a timer if you’re forgetful.

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  • 5. Wipe sealant away.
    • Wipe away any remaining sealant with a dry cloth.

      NOTE: Some sources advise rubbing the sealant in with a cloth and buffing the countertop vs. the spray, wait, and remove method we outlined here. Which method you use will probably depend on the sealant you buy, so just give the specific product instructions a read-through before you begin.

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  • 6. Wait 24 hours before using countertops.
    • Because sealant doesn’t taste very good. No, really, it can be toxic. Be careful.

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