Granite countertops can be found in newly-renovated and modern kitchens nowadays. Granite is beautiful, hard and durable, heat resistant and comes in a variety of colors to complement today’s trendy lifestyle. It is the most durable of all natural stones. Properly installed, granite countertops can last a lifetime. Granite is made up of different minerals and therefore requires different kinds of attention and care.
Proper care ensures that your granite kitchen countertop will maintain the beauty and longevity associated with such a premium product. Below are some ways to maintain your granite kitchen countertop.
- All granite countertops need to be sealed with a high quality impregnator type sealer like MB-4, which comes with a 20-year warranty or one that is recommended by the home builder or granite supplier.
- Acidic substances like coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, wine and sodas and cooking oil will stain the granite surface. Make it a habit to immediately blot out spills.
- Hot water can be used for quick clean ups with a sponge or soft cloth. Use some mild dishwashing liquid occasionally to avoid dulling the countertop’s surface. Use specially-formulated granite cleaner such as Stone Plus.
- Make it a habit to use coasters under glasses, cans and bottles to protect the surface even if granite will not be etched by these materials. Use hot pads and trivets under hot pans, pots and dinnerware for the same reason. Grit may also be present between the pot and the countertop that may scratch the granite surface. Remember that granite is made up of different minerals, some of which may be softer and will be scratched easily.
- Use a cutting board at all times. Cutting directly on your granite countertop is possible but it can scratch the surface of the stone. It can also quickly dull and possibly damage your knives.
- Bleach, degreasers and glass cleaners are not the recommended to be used on granite countertops as these chemicals can degrade the granite sealer. Unsealed granite is prone to staining.
- Do not use ammonia, lemon or bleach to clean granite countertops. Grease stains can be removed by using a paste of liquid dishwashing soap and some water. Scrape most of the stain with a sponge or cloth. Repeat as needed and blot the moisture quickly.
- Stubborn stains can be removed by scraping most of it using a plastic credit card and applying a paste of flour and dishwashing soap. Cover it with plastic overnight and wash it in the morning.
- Avoid standing or sitting on your countertop. Granite countertops are hard and not flexible and do not have plywood backing underneath. Too much weigh concentrated on one part could cause the granite to crack or even break.
- Wipe the countertop dry after each use and use a granite cleaner weekly. Buy granite polish and apply it every three months.
- Have your granite countertop inspected annually to check if the surface needs to be resealed.
Follow these care and maintenance tips and you can be assured that your beautiful granite countertop will serve you for a lifetime.