How should I care for Granite Countertops?
Known for its gorgeous patterns and durability, Granite remains a popular choice for countertops. From its color options and styles to fit almost any design to being cost effective, it’s almost a win-win. However, it’s still an investment and they DO require regular maintenance to keep its good looks.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
Your typical everyday cleaning of your granite should include using a microfiber cloth to keep dust and crumbs off. We also advise wiping the counters weekly with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral PH (following the instructions on the package). Stay away from abrasive or acidic products!
One step that many homeowners miss is to seal the countertop when it comes to critical maintenance and longevity.
Sealing Your Countertops
Sealing is like adding a nice coat to keep things from soaking into that you want to keep out. Depending on the type of granite and usage will dictate how often you should seal it. You’ll want to check to see if it is ready to seal a quick test is to Splash a little water on the surface of the countertop and watch to see if the water sits on the countertop in small bead-like shapes or flows freely. Re-seal the countertop when water splashed on the surface no longer beads up. Be sure to perform this test on areas that get the most use.
Annual Counter Inspection
Give your counter an annual inspection to look for cracking, shifts in the seams, staining, and scratches. If there are stains or damage, contact a stone-care professional for repair. Delaying repair or treatment can lead to larger and more expensive repairs or even the need for a total replacement.
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