Granite countertops are indisputably the most attractive part of any kitchen remodel, but many homeowners hesitate to go this route because of unanswered maintenance concerns. Since there are thousands of types of granite, there’s never been one set answer that can adequately take care of every type of countertop! Conventional wisdom has frequently been to re-seal the granite countertop once a year, or at least test it that often to see if it needs more sealer.
Since the majority of granite countertops installed in the United States need little or no sealer, this advice handily takes care of most homeowners. If your stone needs a little more help, then the situation gets a bit murkier.
Several retailers and entrepreneurs have addressed these concerns by offering stone sealers with long term or even lifetime warranties against staining. Unfortunately, the majority of them have come under 3 categories:
1) They’ll only warranty stones that needed very little or no sealer to begin with. The science of creating a decent or good granite sealer has made enough progress to assure success. These organizations use their knowledge of what stones are easier to maintain to enable them to sell the peace of mind that comes from a low maintenance, stain free, granite countertop.
2) Other entrepreneurs will provide a warranty, but put enough loop holes in it to make sure that they’re liable for very little, and promising even less.
3) Some sealer companies are aware that only a very tiny percentage of granite countertops will stain to begin with. They offer an above average sealer coupled with excellent warranty service.
If these options are unacceptable to you, there is a lifetime granite sealer that has been thoroughly tested to work, and is available nationwide. Surface Treatment Technologies was created by several stone fabricators that knew that if America can put a man on the moon, then someone could make even the most problem plagued granite not stain. They were right, and the product has been tested on thousands of countertops, installed by several hundred fabrication shops in thousands of homes.
Surface Treatment Technologies (STT) has developed a two step natural stone sealing process that provides the industry’s most durable protection. First, PART A, an impregnating sealer designed to penetrate porous stone, providing a protective barrier against staining. Next PART B, forms an impermeable layer that is ultra resistant to staining and discoloration. Together, they provide the industry’s best sealant protection for your natural stone installation