How long before I can put my "stuff" back on the countertops after sealing?
I understand it takes from 24 to 72 hours for the sealer to dry but I cannot have all of my appliances off the countertops for that period of time.
How long should I wait before putting my "stuff" back on the countertop after sealing?
Most penetrating sealers work the same way in that you should not let the sealer dry on the surface.
Let me repeat, after applying the sealer, do not let it dry on the surface.
Before it dries, maybe 10 to 15 minutes, remove the sealer or any residue with a dry cloth and then buff with a new dry cloth.
If you did let it dry on the surface, re-activate the sealer by applying the sealer back on your granite countertops.
Now before it dries, wipe off all sealer and sealer residue.
If you allow the sealer to dry on the surface of the granite, it will leave streaks and the only way to remove the streaks or sealer residue, is to re-activate the sealer.
Once you've removed the sealer residue, your granite will be dry and and you can put your things back on the granite.
So, to answer your question, you can put your things back on your countertops once you wiped and buffed the sealer off of your counters.
I hope this helps.