White granite absorbing water

we just installed white granite in kitchen. Around the sink when water splashes the granite darkens until the water drys. Does this seem right?
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  • Lowes Atlanta ga Lowes Atlanta ga on Dec 27, 2013
    you have to seal granite counters, the sealant can be bought at Home Depot and should be redone every year

  • Sue Finke Sue Finke on Dec 28, 2013
    they claim it has been sealed

    • Loribeth Loribeth on Dec 28, 2013
      @Sue Finke If it was just installed and they say it was sealed, then you need to get them to come back and look at what it's doing. They should reseal it, because obviously, it was either not sealed at all or it wasn't sealed properly. As others have said, granite does need to be resealed periodically. Unfortunately, it is not a low-maintenance countertop.

  • Cindie Taylor-pamula Cindie Taylor-pamula on Dec 28, 2013
    Yes that's correct, a GOOD sealer. And it being white you may need to do this every 6 months. White is the most up keep. It's strong but, you need to be very careful how you also clean this day by day. No scrubbing or your asking for more stains , problems.

  • Terry Dolan Terry Dolan on Dec 28, 2013
    Yep sealer...

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Dec 28, 2013
    Almost any stone has to be sealed and taken special care of..it is organic. Cultured stone is what I want. It is manmade with a layer of Quartz. It does not need sealed and its the same color all the way through. Silestone, Caesarstone, and Zodiac are a few of the manufacturers of cultured stone. They can look just like granite without the care of it. Call the installer and have them come look at it.

  • Laura McKenna Laura McKenna on Dec 28, 2013
    Definitely not sealed properly -- the water should be beading up, not absorbing. Get them back to fix it ASAP!

  • Waysouth Waysouth on Dec 29, 2013
    the stone mason tells me that if granite is correctly finished, the surface should repel water without artificial sealants. Me, I love my wood with it's forgiving surface and natural beauty. Granite for gravestones!

  • Jennifer Friddell Jennifer Friddell on Dec 29, 2013
    Pledge is the best sealer.