Granite was formed millions of years ago from compressed molten rock which makes granite countertops very durable and far superior to laminate, synthetic and even marble because it is less likely to scratch or chip. Try granite countertops to remodel your kitchen in style.
Do granite countertops require sealing?
Many dark-colored denser granites do not require sealing. To be sure, perform this simple test:
Drip enough lemon juice to form a dime-sized puddle on your countertop.
Do the same with vegetable/olive oil.
Look at the surface of the stone through the puddles and note the time.
If the granite takes less than 15 minutes to darken, then applying a granite sealer will make this stone reasonably stain resistant, but make sure it absorbs well and doesn't dry on top.
If the stone never darkens or it takes more than 15 minutes, then you have a near stain-proof granite countertop that probably would not take a sealer even if you tried.
How often should I seal my granite countertop?
Most granite countertops should be re-sealed every 3 to 5 years, but some do not need re-sealing.