Q: I bought my beautiful Juparana granite from Walker Zanger about 8 years ago. It is in my kitchen, in great shape, but has never been resealed since installation. Should I be resealing it and can you suggest what I buy to do this?
A: How often a granite kitchen counter top should be resealed will vary. A residential kitchen that is used daily by a large family may require resealing annually where a second home, experiencing much less traffic, might only need to be resealed every five years. If you know what sealer was initially used then reseal with that same sealer. If not, prior to resealing you must find out what type of sealer was used, water or solvent base, and be careful not to mix the two. If this is not possible then the counter top needs to be stripped and cleaned before proceeding with a new sealer. Sealer manufacturer’s usually offer both products that are appropriate to accomplish the task. If your natural stone counter top is in need of serious restoration you may want to contact a professional in your local area that provides that service.