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How do I even out granite that has absorbed water in high use areas and not in unused areas?

Our granite was not sealed by the installer. We sealed our new granite with a probably cheap granite sealer before using it. We sealed it again some time later and then never again.

The problem is that, in high use areas where we wipe with a damp cloth in daily use,
the granite has absorbed the water and has become darker than the areas where counter-top appliances are sitting, which have not been wiped with a damp cloth at all.

I need to even this out so that all the granite is the same darkness and then seal with a good sealer and find out how often to seal it.

Hope you can help me with this.

The only advice I have is not to wet the area where it has become darker.

It should dry out within a few days. If it doesn't dry out then something else is going one here.

It may be stained from something else, or you may have some sort of water leaking from you water fixtures.

Whatever the case, you have a very porous granite countertop, and even with a very good sealer, you may never fully water-proof the granite.

The way a sealer works is it clogs the pores of the granite, to help slow liquids from absorbing into the granite.

They are not designed to fully water-proof you natural stone.

I see this all the time. Even with really good sealers, with multiple coats, porous stones will still absorb some moisture.

I hope this helps.

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