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Unread 02-23-2020, 03:53 PM   #1
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Granite Vanity top care: Toothpaste/soap

I hope this is not against teh rules... I have another thread on my remodel in teh advice sub-forum but this question seems better suited here.

I am considering a granite top for my bathroom vanity and want to ask about some practical issues with doing that. I really like the look of granite compared to quartz, but potential staining has be worried

I know the granite needs to be sealed and periodically resealed... and from by reading it seems to me an organic solvent based (rather than water based) as well as one with oleophobic and hydrophobic properties would be best...

But I do worry about staining...

We are not the neatest people and tend to get toothpaste and soft-soap often and somtimes lotion/oils or other hair products on our current (ancient/yellowing) solid surface top. There they have no effect.

If one keeps up with sealing, is there much chance of staining by these things if you don't clean it up right away?

Also what type of routine cleaning (and with what type of products) does one have to do with granite?

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Unread 02-23-2020, 08:56 PM   #2
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Sealers are only meant to buy you a short amount of time to clean up a spill before it potentially becomes permanent.

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As this is only for a small vanity and some shelves, it will have to be a remnant, so it will depend what is available locally when we are ready.

Basically it needs to go with bathroom color scheme.It has been hard too find out what remnants are actually in stock in several of teh places we have looked. Most of teh wholesalers we would need to go to to see what they have ourselves ourselves are only open when we can't make it due to work.

We are pretty ignorant about granite so names don't stick very well. One I have seen on line that I like is Siena Beige. Are there some that would be better than others for a vanity top? Right now we are only considering looks, but knowing which types would be best for this application could help narrow things down.

I would hate to spend the money for granite and it wind up looking terrible in a year or two!

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Unread 02-24-2020, 06:32 AM   #4
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Hi Karen, welcome back. Talk to the folks where you plan to get the granite. Some of the black granites are very hard and dense, some won't hardly let spills or even sealers penetrate they are so dense.

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Hi Davy,

I have been back for about the last 2 months in another thread!

Black would not work color wise...

Is there a good reference anywhere on-line on the characteristics of the different granite types by name?

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Most of the granite sold for countertops is not even real granite, it's a way to simplify for the masses instead of a geology lesson with each color.

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I know of quartzite, which although harder than granite, is more porous, and so (I assume) would be mope likely to stain... What else besides that?

In any case why, why would I need to get someone to apply sealer for me?

From what I have read it's not very difficult, and I have no issue working with one that are solvent (vs water) based either.

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The granite tops in my kitchen had some type of sealer applied at the fabrication shop, guaranteed for 10 years. It is without a doubt impervious to anything that might stain it, including red wine. And I mean red wine that has been dripped on it and left to dry over night. Wipes right off. Unfortunately I don't know what the sealer is.

Only other dark stone I'm aware of that is impervious to liquids is soapstone. That's what I used in my bathroom.
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Karen, the DryTreat product (I don't know which DryTreat product he might have in mind) being recommended was once sold only to applicators who had been trained by the manufacturer. I don't think that's still the case, but their warranty still requires that training at least for their Stain Proof Original product.
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*A 15-YEAR PERFORMANCE WARRANTY is offered when product applied by an Accredited Applicator following our written instructions and surface is maintained regularly using our written maintenance system, as outlined in our warranty document. Spills should still be cleaned up immediately to minimize absorption.
Is it better than other sealers? I dunno.

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