Granite Countertop Care: How to Keep Your Stone Surfaces Gleaming

Granite Countertop Care: How to Keep Your Stone Surfaces Gleaming

Granite countertops are not only beautiful but also durable. Proper care and maintenance can keep them looking fabulous for decades. Let’s dive into the do’s and don’ts of granite countertop care:

1. Regular Cleaning and Polishing

  • Do: Regularly clean and polish the surface of your granite countertops. Mild soaps or plain water are ideal for typical cleaning. Commercial granite polish sprays and compounds are readily available online.
  • Don’t: Use abrasive cleansers or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the stone. This includes Vinegar, Windex and bleach. Lemon should also be avoided.

2. Prevent Stains and Scratches

  • Do: Use coasters and mats under items that could stain or scratch the surface, such as mugs, glasses, and dishes.
  • Don’t: Place hot pots or pans directly on the granite surface, as extreme heat can cause damage.

3. Sealing

  • Do: Understand when to seal your granite. More porous stones require more frequent sealing to help them maintain their stain resistance. Lighter colored stones tend to be more porous. While some granites never need sealing, others benefit from occasional sealing. It is typically recommended to reseal your granite countertops every 12 to 18 months. Food preparation surfaces may need more frequent attention.
  • Don’t: Over-seal or assume that every stone countertop must be sealed frequently. Seek professional advice if unsure. Specific instructions on sealing can be found in an upcoming blog article.

4. Addressing Stains

  • Do: Address stains promptly. For most stains, a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide works well.
  • Don’t: Panic if a stain occurs; most stains can be removed or repaired.

Remember, granite countertops are made of stone and are incredibly resilient. With proper care, they will outlast you and your house. So follow these guidelines, and your granite countertops will continue to shine beautifully!

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