Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to your kitchen, but they do need a little more TLC (Tender Loving Care) than other options (although less than certain stone options). The good news is that granite is highly resistant to heat and other wear and tear. However, they do still require maintenance and cleaning in order to get the most from your granite for years and years to come. As your experienced kitchen remodeling contractors in Homewood, AL , we want to give you some advice on how to care for your granite countertops:
Seal the granite at least once a year
A part of the maintenance for granite countertops is ensuring that they are sealed regularly. Because granite is a porous stone, it can soak up spills and stain if not properly sealed. The last thing you want is a brown tea stain on your elegant white granite. How do you know when it’s time to have it sealed? You can do a simple test- leave a few drops of water on the surface and if after a several minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone. If the water droplets are still there sitting on top, you’re good for now. You can seal the granite yourself with a solution designed specifically for that ($15-30 on average) or have a professional do it for you. Then you’ll need to polish it as well. While sealing and polishing your granite is an occasional event, how do you care for your granite daily? Will normal cleaners harm it?
Use a gentle cloth for daily cleaning
A gentle, microfiber cloth is key when daily wiping down and cleaning your granite countertops. All you have to do is use warm water, mild soap, and a microfiber cloth. Avoid using dishwashing sponges or anything abrasive that can potentially scratch and/or wear down your stone over time. What about for deep cleaning? Or chemicals used for disinfecting?
Do not use cleaners containing harsh chemicals
Anything harsh or acidic could wear down the seal on your countertops, some more quickly than others. Popular household cleaners (especially if they contain bleach or ammonia) or vinegar, may be tempting to use but should be avoided if you want to enjoy your countertops longer without damage. Regular use of acidic cleaners or anything with ammonia will cause your countertop to lose its shine and will quickly weaken the sealant; you’ll have to pay more often to have it resealed. Like we’ve said, warm water, mild soap and a microfiber cloth will work perfectly for cleaning your granite countertops daily! If you feel the need to use something stronger, there are many different granite-safe cleaners available. Whatever you do, do your research and make sure to choose one that will be safest, don’t always go for the cheapest one. We’re not saying that you can’t ever use a traditional cleaner on your countertops ever again, but follow these particular guidelines to keep your countertops clean, help them last longer, and save you money.
We’re your trusted kitchen remodeling contractors in Homewood, AL, so we can help with your countertop needs and will gladly go over granite countertops with you, so your kitchen can look brand new! Contact us today and let’s get started!