The Renaissance was an explosion of frescoes, mandolin music and yes, granite. In fact, sculptors would construct massive busts of granite and choose to leave them untouched by paint in order to show off their natural white surface. They did this to evoke that white Greek aesthetic. A little known fact is that Greek sculptors accidentally invented sealant. They rubbed a compound on the granite to prep the surface for painting; compounds that inadvertently protected the marble as a form of sealant.
If you pay a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, you may find stunning Greek and Roman sculptures that have undergone the restoration process through intense deep cleanings, polishings and yes, sealant. Sealant makes your regular kitchen slab look like a classic Renaissance bust. Here are some sealing tips for you to administer on your stone.
Pencil Sealing into Your Schedule
There’s a vast world of stones and some have more pores than others. These incredibly porous stones should be sealed more than others. Among them are marble, limestone and soapstone.
Keep It Clean
Before you decide to embark on the sealing process, be sure that your slabs have been properly cleaned. This deep cleaning process involves an elimination of stains. There is something called stone-safe granite cleaner that should be used as a cleaning agent. Sealing will be way easier if the surface of your stone is clean.
Give It A Test Drive
To figure out how often you should seal you stone, you can put it to the water test. The water test involves creating pools of water that are 3 inches in diameter. Allow these pools to sit for 30 minutes. If the water is beaded, you do not need to apply sealant. However, if there is a dark ring mark festering along the edges of the puddle, then this is a tell-tale sign that sealing is necessary. Look for streaking, not beading.
Start with the best quality granite sealer you can find, like Granite Gold Sealer, for instance. This bad boy penetrates the pores of the stone and prevents staining, etching and soil buildup. Wipe the sealant into the stone with a lint-free cloth until it is fully absorbed and do this in a buffing motion. Now that it’s been sealed, give it a good 24 hours before you begin the polish.