You finally got those granite countertops that you’ve been dreaming about! They are perfect and wonderful in every way, just like you imagined. But did you know that without the proper care and maintenance the quality of your countertops could greatly diminish over time leaving that lustrous look, faded and dingy. Regular maintenance and upkeep is going to be required with any countertop that you get, but if you have never had granite before, there are a few basic rules and best practices that you should follow to keep that shine that your granite has when it’s brand new!
How to Take Care of your Granite Countertops
Keeping your countertops looking brand new requires some knowledge on daily cleaning and good habits to start practicing from day 1. Even though granite is extremely durable, it’s important to remember that it is a natural stone and there are certain do’s and don’ts to know about to keep your granite in it’s best condition. Below you will find a list of best practices that you should start utilizing right away to make sure your granite remains as beautiful as it does today.
It is extremely important that you give your granite countertops some attention each and every day. Daily cleaning is the best way to keep bacteria, stains, and spills from penetrating the seal and seeping into the pores of the stone. The safest and most effective way to clean your granite is with water and a few drops of dish soap. You can mix these into a spray bottle, then spray directly onto your countertops. Wipe with a clean cloth, rinse with clean water, then dry with a separate cloth.
By taking the time to clean your countertops daily, you will prevent them from getting foggy and grimy with stains. Instead, you will be helping them keep that gorgeous glow day after day.
What to Avoid
There are a few things to avoid if you have granite countertops. Some may seem quite obvious while others you will have to make a point to remember.
- Exposure to hot pans: Granite is known for being extremely durable. This includes it’s resistance to heat. However, just because it handles heat better than other granite material, doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to test it’s durability. While placing a hot pan directly on the surface of the granite wont leave instant burn marks, it may cause scratching on the surface.
- Sitting & Standing: Sometimes it’s just comfortable to take a seat on your countertop especially while people are gathered in the kitchen. And to reach that item that is on top of your countertops, it may be tempting to step and stand directly on your granite. When it comes to sitting and standing on your granite countertop, it’s better to not. Pressure applied to granite could lead to cracking which is definitely not something you want to encounter!
- Placing Items on Top: Items placed on tops of granite for decoration or functionality could cause small scratching in the surface. If the item remains in the same area the scratches could become visible tarnishing the surface of your granite. When placing items such as bowls, vases, canisters, etc. directly on the granite’s surface, it’s best to use a mat underneath to prevent scratching.
- Cutting: Cutting directly on your granite countertops surface could cause damage to your countertop as well as your knives. Cutting meat in particular leaves your natural stone vulnerable to seeping up that bacteria into it’s pores.
Taking good care of your granite countertops really isn’t difficult at all. Before you know it the simple rules for caring for granite will become second nature to you. Here are a few good habits to start putting in place now. Make sure that your whole family know about these general rules of care and habits as well.
- Keep it Clean: In addition to the daily soap and water cleaning, make sure that you quickly soak up spills and clean up grime before they have a chance to soak in especially if they are acidic or oily substances.
- Use Cutting Boards: Like we mentioned before, using cutting boards will help to protect not only your countertops, but your knives as well. Use a cutting board like you would on any other surface.
- Use Special Granite Cleaners: While using dish soap and water to clean your countertops daily will help to get rid of bacteria and stains, it may also leave your granite looking slightly foggy overtime. By using cleaners specifically designed for granite, you will get that shiny look that you desire!
- Use Soft Cloths & Sponges: To avoid unnecessary scratching from abrasive and harsh materials, make sure to use soft and clean cloths and sponges when cleaning up spills or doing your daily cleaning.
Deep Cleaning & Sealing
Even by following all of these tips and cleaning your granite daily, like anything else in your home, it’s important that your granite gets a deep cleaning every once in a while. Deep cleaning involves using products specifically formulated for granite to help remove stains, grease, and other filth from your granite.
Sealing is one of the best ways to protect your granite. During this process, a sealant is applied directly to the granite and allowed to absorb into the pores of the natural stone. The sealant that is applied to your granite should maintain its quality for many years protecting the natural stone from outside substances. However, if you notice that liquids are seeping into the granite instead of beading up, it may need to be re-sealed.
One of the best habits that you can start to maintain your granite countertops is to have professionals come to your home and inspect the granite for you. They will also do a deep cleaning of the granite and professionally seal it if necessary.
If you are looking to install new granite countertops in your home, contact us at Superior Stone and Cabinet. We will always help you understand the best ways to care for your granite to make sure it keeps it’s quality for as long as possible.