Monday, April 23, 2012

I Tried to Stain My Own Granite with Oil.

I have Lapidus granite with a honed finish in my own kitchen.
A lot of people are scared of the honed finish thinking it will stain more easily.

First, the look of honed granite isn't for everyone.  Some people want a nice and shiny surface.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Other people prefer a matte finish.  For these folks, the honed finish is great!
The granite in my own kitchen BEFORE pouring vegetable oil on it.  Photo: MGS by Design.
We recently had a customer that was debating having their granite honed.  I told them that the granite in my kitchen is honed and I love it!  They were sold until someone else told them that the reason I love it is because I'm really clean and I don't have any kids.
This is true, BUT I think the honed finish is very durable and I've never had any issues with staining.  I feel confident if I had 14 kids and was a slob I still wouldn't have any issues.

So, I did what any rational person would do to prove a point.... I poured some vegetable oil on my granite.
Not a sample, but my own granite countertops in my own kitchen.  Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy at times.
I should mention, I sealed my granite with Enrich 'N' Seal after it was installed about six years ago.  I have never sealed the granite again.  Not once.  Why?  Because it hasn't needed to be sealed again. 
I use Rock Doctor to clean it about once a week (the other days I just use hot water) and that's it.
Granite is pretty easy to maintain my friends.
It's kind of hard to see, so I put tape around the vegetable oil that I poured on my granite.  The spot is probably about 4".  Photo: MGS by Design
 Back to the story...  I left oil on my countertop for 16 hours.  You read that right, 16 hours!
Guess what?  It didn't even leave a trace!  I cleaned up the oil with a paper towel and it was as good as new.  Honestly.
My granite AFTER having vegetable oil poured on it.  Looks just like the BEFORE picture right?  Photo: MGS by Design.
 Moral of the story... don't be scared of your granite!
The reason granite is so popular is that it's so darn durable.  Also, if you like the look of honed granite have it honed.

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