Granite counters – Simple test to see if they need sealing

Though it is a fact that a lot of granite countertops need to be sealed, there are many that will actually not take any sealer at all. Below is a simple test to determine if your granite countertops are absorbent enough to take a sealer.

  • Put a few drops of water on the surface and wait 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Afterwards completely dry the surface.
  • If the area is darker then the stone the granite needs sealing.
  • If the area did not turn darker repeat the procedure with mineral spirits.
  • If the color has not changed then the countertop does not need a sealer.

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This test can also be done to determine if your sealer needs re-application as well.

Proper cleaning prior to sealing your granite countertops is essential for best success.
Granite can have many fissures (voids) in which dirt can accumulte. Professional cleaning methods will remove dirt from these sometimes microscopic areas. Let us know if you have any questions about your granite countertops or any other stone or tile surfaces. See more information about our granite cleaning, sealing and polishing services here.

So how do I maintain my carpet after professional cleaning?

Carpets are commonly bought to add aesthetic appeal to a room. It beautifies an area, creating a focal point and enhances furniture and other decorations. To adults carpets are more of a decor, but to kids and pets carpets are more of fun furniture that’s ready for rough playing and crawling.

And who can blame them, the fibers of carpets are made for luxury and durability. Soft, sturdy, and multi-functional, carpets are a significant part of every household. Keeping them clean then is the best way to enhance and lengthen their lifespan. There are numerous ways to do this.

You can ask your family and friends to remove their shoes when entering a carpeted room, you can block out pets, and some even go to the extreme and plastic cover carpets! But even with all of these precautionary efforts to keep your carpets clean, the best and most important solution to removing small particles, dirt, dust, microbes, pet dander, dust mites, and pollen from your carpets is by vacuuming them.

Vacuuming regularly and correctly is the trick. Depending on how much traffic your carpets go through, you should vacuum carpets from once to twice per week or once a day if needed. Carpets in stairways, hallways, and entrances would need more vacuuming than others. If you have children and pets, then vacuum more often.

Frequent vacuuming would keep your carpets healthy and clean. In effect, you are assured that your family is safe and healthy as well. Different bacteria and fungi could inhabit your carpets and become sources of different ailments. For people who suffer from asthma and allergies, regular vacuuming of carpets is a must. Allergens such as pollen and dust which are brought from outside enters into your home and gets stuck onto the carpets fibers becoming dangerous triggers of bad health conditions. Although it is difficult to completely rid of home allergens, vacuuming carpets regularly would significantly reduce them.

Before starting to vacuum, remove any objects that may clog your vacuum. Check the height of your vacuum. Adjust your beater bar as necessary to get optimum results. Check the vacuum bag and replace it when it is full. It is advisable for you to overlap your strokes to make sure that you get dirt off of your carpet. Aside from overlapping strokes, you may want to make your strokes slow enough for soil and dirt to be lifted up by the vacuum. Your stroke speed would also depend on the thickness of your carpet and the strength of your vacuum cleaner suction motor.

Give attention to every room. Use calm repetitive cleaning motions and try to get even the hard to reach spots. Clean from baseboards to windowsills because the dirt on them may end up on your carpets as well. You may find it difficult to reach certain areas such as these but cleaning them is still essential. Use vacuum attachments to help you reach even the carpet’s edges and hard to reach places.

There are various types of vacuum assortments and attachments that come with vacuums nowadays. Depending on your daily needs, you may select which ones suit you the most. If you don’t have these attachments yet, go to your local stores and buy them separately. There are a lot of universal attachments available to fit any vacuum type and size.