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Old 04-23-2010, 01:39 PM   #1
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We put in a granite bathroom counter top and it adsorbed water but dried quickly. I was told about a spray on treatment to seal it. The water now beads up on it for the most part. But I noticed under the soap pump where water stands for a long time that the water was still being absorbed in. What can I do to completely seal the granite?

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Look for Aqua Mix products--You will need to go to a real tile store--Hopefully some one will chime in with a brand they know.

What did your granite company suggest?

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Look for Aqua Mix products--You will need to go to a real tile store--Hopefully some one will chime in with a brand they know.

What did your granite company suggest?
They sold me a sealer. But like I said, it didn't keep the moisture under the soap pump from soaking in.
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You won't likely find a sealer product that will do what you want. Granite sealers are not topical which is what you are needing apparently. Most of them I am aware of are penetrating AND vapor transmissive so they will allow some moisture through them if the moisture is allowed to sit on the surface.

Higher quality granites won't hardly take and water stains.
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You won't likely find a sealer product that will do what you want. Granite sealers are not topical which is what you are needing apparently. Most of them I am aware of are penetrating AND vapor transmissive so they will allow some moisture through them if the moisture is allowed to sit on the surface.

Higher quality granites won't hardly take and water stains.
Hmmm. So how does one care for their granite counter tops? Will it hurt the countertop to have water soaking in and drying out regularly?
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Buds right ---Most sealers are water repellent -not water proof-the soap from your dispenser is probably killing the sealer. Try a different brand.

Just a note to others about choosing granite---When you go to the granite warehouse to pick your slab--
Bring a baggie filled with wet paper towels. --Test the slabs for absorbency with the wet paper towels.

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OK, while we are on the subject I'll open this can of worms but I don't care to argue with anyone about any of this.

NOT ALL GRANITES ARE CREATED EQUAL!

What I mean is true quality granite is very very dense and won't absorb much (if any) moisture. When polished to a high gloss it is super tight at the surface. This is a very costly product for a lot of reasons.

Here's the rub!
Not all stones sold as granite are in fact real granite in the true sense of word. Some dealers are importing a lessor quality more porous less dense stone and passing it off as granite. It is not true granite.

These lessor stones are slightly lighter in weight and therefore less expensive to ship around the world.

These lessor stones are not as dense and therefore easier to quarry.

These lessor stones are not as dense and therefore easier to tool.

These lessor stones are not as dense and therefore polishing is done with fillers.

These lessor stones are not as dense and therefore will absorb some moisture.

These lessor stones are not as difficult to work with overall and therefore can be sold for a lessor amount of money.

BUYER BEWARE!
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We got what we got. It's in and not coming out. So now I have to deal with it. I can work with the soap. But for the long run I need to know... Will it hurt the countertop to have water soaking in and drying out regularly or periodically?

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The water should not be a big problem--just an irritation--Mike--
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The water should not be a big problem--just an irritation--Mike--
Thanks,l that eases my mind.
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Will it hurt the countertop to have water soaking in and drying out regularly or periodically?
That depends on the water. Not all water is created equal either. If the water contains minerals such as iron or calcium, then a stain could develop over time. Contaminates will stay behind as the water evaporates time and time again.
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You might read this thread for more information:
Tile sealers
and this one:
http://www.contractortalk.com/f18/gr...e-issues-7418/

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