Caring for your granite countertops is essential to maintain their beauty and longevity. Granite is a durable and attractive natural stone, but it can be susceptible to stains and damage if not properly maintained. Here are some tips on how to care for your granite countertops:
- Daily Cleaning:Wipe down your countertops regularly with a soft, damp cloth or a microfiber cloth to removesurface dust and debris.Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners, as these can damage the surface and dull the shine.You can create a mild cleaning solution by mixing a few drops of mild dish soap with warmwater. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots.
- Avoid Harsh Cleaners:Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasive scrubbers, or scouring pads on your granite countertops,as they can scratch or damage the surface.Avoid cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, or vinegar, as these can dull the finish and damagethe stone over time.
Granite countertops should be sealed regularly to prevent stains. The frequency of sealing
depends on the type of granite and usage but is typically recommended every 1 to 3 years.
You can perform a simple water test to check if your countertops need sealing. Place a few
drops of water on the surface. If the water beads up and does not absorb, your granite is
adequately sealed. If it soaks into the stone, it's time to reseal.
- Stain Prevention:
Wipe up spills promptly, especially acidic liquids like citrus juices, vinegar, or wine, as these can
etch the surface and cause staining.
It is best practice to use coasters or placemats under glasses and hot pads or trivets under hot
pots and pans to protect against heat damage.
- Scratches and Chips:
Although granite is very durable, it can still be scratched or chipped by sharp objects. Avoid
cutting directly on the surface, and use cutting boards.
If you notice a chip or scratch, consult a professional stone restoration specialist to repair it.
By following these guidelines and maintaining a regular cleaning and sealing schedule, you can
keep your granite countertops looking beautiful for years to come, and therefore adding value
to your home.
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