HAPPY HANDYMAN: Seal and protect your granite before there is a stain

Granite Gold Products®
Do you remember that commercial on TV about a canned chili? The announcer would say "When was the last time you had a bowl of Wolf Brand Chili? And then he would laugh and say, "Well, that's been too long!" It was a catchy phrase that worked. So, let me ask you this … when was the last time you sealed your granite? Has it been too long? I recently had some renovations done at my house which included taking down a wall in the kitchen and adding a large granite island. I also added an extra cabinet, also topped with granite to use as a coffee bar. The workers that installed the granite did not seal the granite! You need to do that yourself, and I have been telling myself that for the last two months. But this weekend I moved my coffee maker and under the appliance was a large dark area. I have to tell you; I immediately felt sick to my stomach.
You know sealing your granite is an easy, easy project and not expensive to do. You seal to protect your natural stone against stains by blocking pores and small fissures in the stone. Sealing keeps liquid on the surface where it can be easily removed. And you can never seal too often. Frequent use of a sealer maintains maximum surface protection. We carry Granite Gold products at the store and I like them because they have a excellent customer service help line and their products are reasonably priced. They are 50-year-old company that originally started in the stone industry. They would install stone counter tops and flooring and were constantly asked how to take care of the surfaces. And so, now we have Granite Gold. They make a daily cleaner, a sealer a polish that is perfect for granite, marble, travertine, limestone, Silestone, Corian, porcelain, ceramic tile and more. The Daily Cleaner is safe on food-prep surfaces, it is non-toxic, non-acidic, and it has no phosphates and is biodegradable. It's as simple as spray and wipe dry with a paper towel. The Sealer is also easy. Spray on, immediately wipe into the stone and then buff dry with a lint free cloth. Work in a 3-foot area and don't let the sealer dry on the surface. It doesn't hurt to seal two or three times. If you have older stone countertops you can enhance the shine with Granite Gold Polish. It's scorching outside right now, so do a project inside. Seal and protect your granite before there is a stain. Luckily for me, my stain came out, but you can bet that I immediately sealed the countertops in the kitchen and bath. Call me if you have any questions about your natural stone. By Trudy Chuoke, happyhandyman2@yahoo.com https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/memorial/opinion/article/HAPPY-HANDYMAN-Seal-and-protect-your-granite-11297515.php

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