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:
You do NOT need to seal:
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.
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.
Put the blender and toaster away, move the microwave, and do your dishes! You’ll need a totally clean, empty space for this.Next Step
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.Next Step
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.Next Step
Scroll your newsfeed, check your email, do what you do. Set a timer if you’re forgetful.Next Step
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.Next Step
Because sealant doesn’t taste very good. No, really, it can be toxic. Be careful.
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