Caring for Your Granite Countertops
For centuries granite has been considered one of the finest luxuries in construction. From ancient statues to modern day homes, it’s a buzzword that is often synonymous with beauty. This durable stone is currently one of the most popular items for countertops, and generally the selling point of a dream kitchen. If you’ve recently invested in granite countertops, or moved somewhere that has them installed already, you’re probably wondering how to properly care for them. Here are a few tips:
1. Like a piece of art, each slab of granite is unique and beautiful. In order to help it retain this beauty, keep in mind is that granite is porous. This means that stains can quickly set in and become trapped if not immediately wiped away. Be diligent of splashes and spills to avoid deep stains as these can often be nearly impossible to remove.
2. As soon as your granite is installed, and every two years afterward, you will likely need to seal your granite using a special granite sealer. However, keep in mind that not all granite needs to be sealed and some kinds can actually be ruined with this sealant. Also, before applying the sealer, be sure there are no residues or messes on the countertops. Check with the manufacturer if you are not sure.
3. Many homeowners are unaware that granite countertops should be cleaned with special cleaner. Using common all-purpose cleaner or ammonia can scratch and pit the surface. Instead, use granite cleaner with a neutral pH and wipe down your counters at least once a week. However, you should also be wiping down your countertops with a damp rag each and every day.
Although it may sound like an inconvenience, caring for your granite countertops is quite simple when made part of your regular routine. The better you exercise regular maintenance, the longer your countertops will remain pristine.