Granite is one of the hardest natural stones on earth. Commonly installed in homes as kitchen or bathroom countertops, granite is a durable material that can withstand years of normal wear and tear. Professionally sealed and properly maintained, countertops can enhance and increase the value of your property and give you many years of practical use and enjoyment.
To keep your countertops looking like new, avoid setting glasses or cups directly on them. Use coasters to prevent stains. Remember, heat can also stain granite, so do not place hot pans and pots directly on them.
Quickly handle any spills, but avoid simply wiping them off; instead, dab them with a dry towel to prevent the spill from spreading to a greater area. Avoid setting citrus fruits or any alcohol products on granite. The chemical reaction between acid and the calcite in the granite can cause the surface to dull or etch.
If your countertops look like they could use a good cleaning, do not use regular household cleaners. Most household cleaners have high pH solutions (like ammonia-based window cleaners) or are simply too abrasive which dull or damage the surface of your granite countertops. Choose a product that has a neutral pH level.
Cleaning your Granite Countertops
Most granite countertops are adequately sealed before they are installed in homes. Professional installers usually recommend resealing granite countertops every three years. To help granite keep its beautiful shine, however, it is necessary to polish it regularly. This is easily done.
Start out by cleaning the countertop thoroughly; this includes removing any stains. Remember not to use abrasive cleaners or cleaners with a high pH level. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly. Then, apply a good quality granite polish evenly on the entire surface. Use a clean cloth to buff the surface, and you’re done! Repeat as often as needed or as recommended on the label of the granite polish. Using a microfiber cloth (or a cloth diaper) is suggested as there is less chance of excess fibers being left on the counter.
Installing a countertop in your home is an investment in your property, as it enhances any room and complements an infinite variety of décor. It is also a costly investment. By making sure your granite countertop is properly sealed and by being careful of spills and stains, a simple buff and polish should help keep your granite countertop (and your investment) protected and looking good as new.