-Use the sealer from Ikea. It’s super easy to use. I chose to not use a sealer like Waterlox because I wanted to be able to control the depth of the color and if you use a sealer where you do the entire thing like that of you ever have to fix a stain, you have to sand down the entire section and re-sand so it all seals the same. Now I can just sand down a section and reseal.
-I do not cut or put hot pans on my counter top, I use a marble slab for that.But I do still love them and would do them all over again! Check out this post with the review 8 years later!
It’s now 2014 and been 4 years since our kitchen remodel and I still love them. I do have to seal it more often around the sink area, about every months, but it’s a quick wipe of sealer before I got to bed and it’s ready to go in the morning. Other than that I have no water staining or mold or warping. The only place that gets a little grossness is behind the sink. We don’t have a farmhouse sink that goes all the way back so there’s a small gap behind it where the caulk gets gross and needs to get cleaned and scrubbed once a year. If we had a farm house sink we wouldn’t have that issue.
The rule of thumb is if water can’t sit on the surface for 10 minutes with out being absorbed they need to be resealed.
They are warm looking and durable. We had a pickled beet jar sit on the counter overnight and it left a red ring. I sanded it and resealed it in about an hour and it was done. With a natural stone it would’ve been there forever, the same with a lighter laminate.
I think they were really worth the money and I would do them all over again.