Summer projects made simple with tips from Dupont Surface Care

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Summer is the ideal time to take on those home improvement projects! If you have natural stone counters in your home, be sure you're taking the right steps to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.

Countertops 101
Just about every visitor to your home will see your countertops, so make sure they're looking their best! Kitchen countertops also take on most of the messes in a home so sealing, cleaning and protecting them is important.

Natural stone like granite is porous, and will absorb spills and stains if not protected.  A simple test can help you determine if your granite needs to be sealed. Soak a plain white paper towel with water and place it on your granite counter. Wait five minutes and then check to see if the area under the paper towel is discolored from the water soaking into the granite. If so, you need to seal that granite!

DuPont™ Granite & Marble Countertop Sealer protects against stains and preserves stone's natural beauty.  Its water based formula protects your natural stone countertops for up to five years. Once you've sealed your countertops, be sure to clean them regularly. DuPont™ Granite & Marble Countertop Cleaner + Protector is specially formulated to wipe away messes while also reinforcing the sealer protecting your natural stone surfaces, helping it to continue repelling spills and locking out stains. It's safe for daily use and actually makes your countertops easier to clean.

Don't forget the grout!
Grout might not sound like the most exciting project in the world, but it plays a very important role in securing and bringing out the beauty of tile in your home. Dirty grout lines will call attention away from tile.  Perhaps you're looking to install some tile for the first time? A great initial project is to tile a kitchen backsplash; it makes for a good investment and also looks beautiful in your home. Tile saves you money in the long run, is easier to clean and can take more wear and tear than paint.

Before you tile, make sure your grout is fully protected. DuPont™ Stain Protecting Grout Additive protects your grout against water and oil-based stains and won't affect the color of your grout. It enables you to grout and seal in one easy step - just mix with grout instead of water and you're good to go.
Find more tips for your summer home-improvement projects at StoneCare.DuPont.com .

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