September 3, 2018
How to Deep Clean + Seal Granite Counters
Our granite kitchen counters were looking a little bit dull in spots and I knew that it was time to deep clean and re-seal them. A couple weeks ago I set aside a little time when the kids were back in school and I could open windows and seal the counters. I shared an image on Instagram and had so many questions about the process that I thought it might be fun to share it with you.
Granite counters typically come sealed – you can choose how long the seal is ‘good’ for – typically it’s 1-2 years, 5 years, 10 years…. You can also have a stone company come out and re-seal them for you. That process is strong-smelling and time intensive – we might do that in a few years but I found the products I used worked really well with little to no odor and they are water-based.
Have your granite or marble counters seen better days? It’s so simple to return them to their shiny glory.
Start by completely clearing your counters. While you’re doing this, put the items you want to keep on your counters on a surface like your kitchen table. Use this as an opportunity to declutter and make sure everything that gets a spot on the counter is something that you use daily or at least weekly.
Next up? It’s time to deep clean your counters. I used a bowl of hot water with about a couple drops of dish soap and bar mop towels to clean them thoroughly. Bar mop towels are my favorite product to clean the kitchen counters.
Apply the sealer in three foot sections and buff. Repeat 1-2 times after letting them dry in between. I used this brand to seal the counters – I chose it because it’s food safe, water-based, phosphate free and safe to use around people and animals.
After the sealer comes the polish. Once you’re done with sealing them, wait 24 hours and apply the polish to them. I used microfiber cloths to apply the sealer and polish. The polish needs to be applied in sections like the sealer.
Have you every sealed your granite or marble counters? Any tips to add?
Could something like this work on Formica countertops? Mine are in need of more shine.
This is great – thank you ! We had a company do this several years ago and it wasn’t cheap and the fumes were awful . They need it again so I think I’ll try it myself this time. I appreciate it!