Granite countertops are both an exquisite and practical addition to any kitchen space. Their beauty lies in the unique, marbled characteristics of every slab of stone. Their practicality rests in their extreme durability and resistance to heat. Granite countertops have completed the “dream kitchen” for many of our clients. If installed in your home, keep the dream alive by learning the proper care and maintenance for granite countertops.
- Be sure to use a microfiber cloth to dust off counter surfaces.
- Wipe down your counter with water and cloth as needed, but at least once a day.
- Use a damp cloth and stone cleaner with a neutral pH once a week.
- Never use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on granite countertops.
- Inspect your granite countertop often to ensure no signs of damage, such as cracking or shifting at the seams.
To Seal Or Not To Seal?
Sealing granite countertops protects the stone from becoming etched and stained by creating a barrier against dirt, spills and other common cooking occurrences. Depending upon the type of granite, a good rule of thumb is to re-seal your countertop once a year. How do you know when its time to re-seal? Splash some water on the countertop. If the water beads up, then you know the seal is still in good condition. If the water seeps into the counter, then reseal the granite by following these easy steps below.
1) Use a high-quality granite cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
2) Allow time to dry before the next step.
3) Choose a granite sealer designed to resist water and oil-based stains.
4) Apply the sealer in small areas at a time.
5) Allow the sealer to absorb into the granite before applying a second application.
6) Be sure to follow the product drying instructions before using the countertop.