When shopping for granite, occasionally you will find a color that you would like if it were just a hair darker. Or perhaps you are looking for granite tile and due to the variation in natural stone, some of the tiles are dark and others a lighter color. The good news is there is a solution! More than one, actually! It is possible to stain stone to a darker color on certain granite colors. The one I will be demostrating will be the Antique Brown color.
In the pictures below, I have shown three different coloring options. From left to right we have the stone stained with Walnut Wood Stain, then in the center is the natural stone with normal stone sealer applied, and finally on the left is the stone with a color enhancing stone sealer. The two pictures are of the same stone tile in two different lighting situations, demonstrating how the color can change depending on the light.
So the process for all of these are pretty straight forward, lets begin with the Wood Stain option;
1. Begin by cleaning the stone to make sure there isn’t any dust left on the top.
2. Using a cloth rag or a small strip from an old T-shirt, dab a small amount of stain and begin rubbing into the stone. Make sure the stone is evenly covered in stain.
3. Let the stain absorb into the stone for a minute or two, this is where you can experiment and let it sit for longer for a possibly darker stain.
4. Wipe the excess stain off with a clean rag, once you have cleaned as much as you can with the rag, finish with a damp sponge.
5. If you would like to try for an even darker color, now is the time to repeat steps 2-4.
6. Once you have the color you’d like, use a stone sealer to lock in the color and protect the granite from any other color changes. The stone sealer is as easy as spraying on and wiping off.
Next let’s go through the process for the normal Stone Sealer, and the Color Enhancing Stone Sealer, they both use the same process.
1. Remove any dust from the surface of the granite.
2. Spray the sealer directly on the stone, ensuring an even coating.
3. Wipe off any excess with a clean rag or paper towel.
4. That’s it!
You will need to reapply the sealers about once a year, or if you notice that water isn’t beading up on the surface. Obviously walnut wood stain isn’t going to work for colors that aren’t brown, but the color enhancing sealer will work on any color.
Good luck with your staining! Have a great 2016!