Cleaning Granite Countertops
Granite countertops have a charm of their own. They can bring an entire space to life! Especially if you have one installed in your kitchen. These countertops are scratch resistant and quite durable – you can expect them to last you for decades. But, this is only the case if you know the tips and tricks that go into making granite countertops look brand new at all times.
Cleaning Granite Countertops the Traditional Way
You can clean your granite countertop the traditional way by using a damp microfiber cloth. Simply add a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle and spray it onto the surface. Wipe down with a clean cloth and you’re good to go!
You can also opt for a mild cleaning agent – check the label for a neutral PH value and follow package instructions.
How To Remove Stains From Granite Countertops
To remove stains from your granite countertop a simple and systematic procedure can be followed at home.
1.Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap with 1 cup of flour
2.Add water and stir till a thick paste forms
3.Spread this mixture over the countertop or where the stain is
4.Place wax paper on top and press down gently to remove air
5.Tape the edges of the wax paper down
6.Let this covered mixture sit on the countertop for at least 10 hours
7.Remove the wax paper and scrape the flour mixture off
8.Clean surface with warm water and dish soap
9.Repeat if needed
Note: You can also apply a solution made of 5 tablespoons of baking soda, half a cup of flour, and some yogurt or sour cream. Follow the same process mentioned above and watch the stains vanish!
How To Prolong The Longevity Of Your Granite Countertop
Here are some of the things you should avoid when it comes to granite countertops. This can help make cleaning granite countertops effortless and help preserve the countertop.
1. Avoid Excessive Heat
While granite is heat resistant, it is advisable to avoid exposing it to too much heat. Use placemats before putting down any pots and pans that may be hot.
2. Stay Clear Of Harsh Chemicals
Vinegar, ammonia, and lemon juice should be avoided at all costs. These items are acidic and cause wear and tear. Thus, making your granite countertop look dull. You definitely don’t want that.
3. Use the Chopping Board
Granite countertops can be used to chop your fruits and vegetables. But, sometimes certain foods such as raw meat and acidic fruits such as lemons and grapefruits can become harmful. Avoid cutting such food items on the granite surface as a result.
4. Clean Spills Immediately
If there is a coffee spill, clean it immediately. Use a soft clean cloth and avoid steel wool. This can leave marks on the granite countertop and make the granite stone lose its shine.
5. Stay up to Date with Maintenance
Keep an eye out for any cracks or signs of damage. You can then seal the countertop or call in a professional service provider to do it for you. In addition, avoid placing too much pressure on your granite countertop. To keep people from sitting on the granite countertop, get a kitchen table with chairs for your family and friends.
Call Superior Stone & Cabinet For Granite Countertops!
Now that you are aware of the methods needed to keep your granite countertop looking spotless, you can get started on your spring cleaning right away. If on the other hand you do not have a granite countertop and wish to have one installed, then you can get in touch with us. Superior Stone and Cabinet can install a granite countertop in your home in the most professional and efficient manner. And, it can all be done at the most affordable rate!
Our experts can help guide you on the installation process and provide you with a list of colors and options that would go with your interior space. We also offer services for maintenance. Whether it is getting your granite countertop inspected and sealed, or getting a new one installed, we can do it all!
For more information, visit our showroom or give us a call. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.