Granite Countertop Cleaning Tips
Ensure Your Granite Countertops Live a Long, Beautiful Life.
Granite countertops make an exquisite addition to any kitchen. Granite offers the high-end look of marble without the price tag, while still delivering a durable surface that can withstand the rigors of nightly cooking, dinner parties, and messy family meals.
Keep this investment looking its best with these simple granite countertop cleaning and care tips.
Seal Your Granite Countertops
Granite is a porous stone, which means that it is possible for liquids and stains to penetrate the surface. To prevent this, we recommend using a sealer to help seal up the pores found on your countertops. Liquid sealers seal up the pores and tiny openings that may be present on the surface, while also seeping into the stone to give you maximum protection. Topical sealers are another option for sealing your granite countertops, though these are non-penetrating and solely cover the surface of the stone. Whichever you choose, be sure to reapply the sealant every year or two to continue building a strong wall between your surface and potential issues.
Clean Stains Immediately
Granite is truly nothing more than rock. This leaves it as vulnerable to stains as almost any other surface. In particular, acidic substances such as coffee, fruit juice, tomato sauce, and soda can set in and stain your granite if left to set. Try to clean stains and spills quickly after occurring to help prevent any discoloration.
Choose Non-Abrasive Sponges or Cloths
Again, granite is nothing more than a stone, making it prone to chipping or dulling when constantly rubbed with abrasive materials. Paper towels, soft sponges, and cloths are gentle enough to use on your granite while still achieving the shining, lasting clean. Remember, if you wipe your counter once a week for five years, that’s 260 cleanings. 260 cleanings with an abrasive pad can affect the surface and shine of your granite.
Use Cleaners Dedicated to Granite Countertops
Cleaning products such as Perfect Granite are uniquely designed to clean granite surfaces without harming them. Using all-purpose cleaners or products such as glass cleaners could contain harmful acidic components. Also, avoid using tub and tile cleaners or powders as they contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces. Caring for your granite surfaces doesn’t have to be scary or expensive. With the right tools and a little care, your granite will enjoy a long, beautiful life.