What is a Chip Minimizer and Why Should You Want It?

Picture this: Two weeks have passed since your countertop installation and you’re scrubbing  your favorite cast iron pan in the sink when suddenly THIS happens!

Or maybe THIS happens!

The fact of the matter is that over 50% of our repair calls are for chipped undermount sink cutouts like the photos above, BUT there’s an easy way to prevent this type of damage. When you’re purchasing your new countertop, make sure to ask for a Chip Minimizer edge around the sink.

                A Chip Minimizer edge is exactly what it sounds like: a rounded edge along the inside of your sink cutout that is proven to reduce damage due to impact such as chipping. Here’s what it looks like.

                This “Chip Minimizer” edge is available for an extra $150 through Granite Surfaces of Texas and will save you money and headaches by minimizing the risk of chipping your brand new countertop!

                Give us a call to set up your FREE estimate for new countertops TODAY!

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How to Seal Your New Granite Countertops

The wait is over! You’ve just had an awesome experience working with Granite Surfaces of Texas, your new countertops are installed and your kitchen looks amazing but wait!! There’s something that you need to do before breaking in those beautiful new Granite countertops. You’re going to have to seal them, which isn’t as difficult as it sounds. In this post I’ll walk you through sealing your new Granite countertops so that they stay as gorgeous as they day they were installed!

First of you’re going to want to test if your Granite even needs to be sealed as some stones are a lot less absorbent than others and may not even need sealing. To do this, all you have to do is drip some water or oil onto the countertop and wait 20 minutes to see if it absorbs. If it doesn’t absorb, you don’t need to seal your countertop. If it does absorb you should go pick up a Natural Stone penetrating sealer and follow the directions listed in the rest of this blog post.

Before you start actually sealing your countertop you’re going to want to clean it with warm water and soap followed by a de-greasing agent. After that let it sit for 24 hours.

The next day you can start applying sealer to the entire countertop surface. Make sure to wear gloves and keep the room ventilated by opening windows or using fans. After applying the sealer wait 20 minutes. If the directions on your sealer say to add a second coat then add a second coat.

After you’ve waited 20 minutes for the sealer to dry, clean the countertop with a rag or wad of paper towels to pick up remaining sealer. Then wait 48 hours before using your countertop as normal.

And that’s it! Sealing your countertops is very simple, all it takes is a little bit of time. And remember, if you don’t already have new countertops just give us a call at 281-495-6555 to set up an appointment to get yourself some!