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Old 02-09-2008, 07:53 AM   #1
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I have a new ( to me ) house with a 5 year old granite counter top in the
kitchen.

I've never had granite before.

What do I need to know about it from a general maintenance point of
view? Does it need to be sealed or coated with something on a regular
basis?

From a daily use point of view.. what do I need to know... can I put a
hot pot ( boiling water ) directly on it... or can water / oil sit on it for
days without staining?

What does the granite-newbie need to know?

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Old 02-25-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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What do I need to know about it from a general maintenance point of
view? Does it need to be sealed or coated with something on a regular
basis?
In my experience, people that sell granite say you don't need to seal it and people that sell competing products say you do need to seal it...

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From a daily use point of view.. what do I need to know... can I put a
hot pot ( boiling water ) directly on it...
From a daily use, most people use pads or trivits to put pans on their countertops. For accidental placement, granite handles heat better than the engineered stuff. If it's engineered granite, you probably wouldn't want to put something from a hot oven on it. Water boils at 212F and you should be ok with either surface. Generally, granite can handle much higher temps than the engineered kind.

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or can water / oil sit on it for days without staining?
Water, no problem. When I was thinking of buying granite, I got some samples and put wine vinegar and lemon juice on them and waited 12 hours. I could see no affects - no etching and no staining. You might want to get a sample granite from somewhere and run your own tests with items to make your own conclusions.

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It all depends on the granite that you have as to whether or not it needs to be sealed. The easiest way to find out if it needs to be sealed or not is to place a sopping wet sponge or rag on the countertop and let it sit there for a couple of minutes. Then remove it, and dry up the water on the surface. if there's a dark spot in the granite where the sponge/ rag was, then it should be sealed. The best products to seal it with, if required, would be Aquamix's Sealers Choice Gold, miracle's 511 Impregnator, or Stone Tech's Impregnator Pro. Any one of those three should last you a few years between sealing. As for cleaning, plain hot water should do it for normal every day cleaning, but if you want a cleaner to use, all three of the previous mentioned companies also make ph neutral cleaners specifically made for cleaning natural stone. You can't use anything acidic because it could hurt the stone, and anything basic will eat away at the sealer. That's why you want something ph neutral.

Any chance you could post a picture of your granite? I might be able to be a little more specific with info that pertains to YOUR granite, or if you happen to know the name of it, that would work just as well!!
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