GRANITE 101: Upkeep, Cleaning and Care

 sweet peppers on a granite kitchen counterMany people veer away from natural stone counters because they are afraid of the upkeep; however, these countertops are sometimes easier to take care, and longer lasting, than their artificial counterparts. Are you thinking of getting granite countertops? Maybe you already have them but you aren’t sure how to properly care for them. Read on for some simple tips on the care of granite countertops.

DAY TO DAY CARE

Keep It Clean, Folks
It’s a good idea to sanitize your granite countertop on a daily basis. To do this, all that is required is a little dish soap, some hot water, and a soft cloth. Wipe it down at the end of the day or after cooking, and then dry it off thoroughly.

If You Can’t Handle The Heat, Don’t Place It On Your Granite Countertop
Extreme heat can stain your granite, darkening it where the hot pan or toaster sat – even if it was there for only a few minutes. Avoid these unsavory stains by using a trivet or other heat-resistant mat between your counter and any small appliances, and avoid placing hot pots and pans directly onto the counter.

WEEKLY CARE

Once a week, mix isopropyl alcohol with water in a 50-50 ratio to form a disinfecting solution. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and coat your countertop in a thin layer of the material. Let it sit for around five minutes before rinsing with water and drying with a microfiber cloth.

SEASONAL CARE

Seal your granite countertop once a year, in order to keep it looking shiny and new. Sealing your countertop will not only prevent liquids from seeping into the granite, but it will also make it easier to clean on a daily basis.

OTHER TIPS

  • Although granite is a tough stone, avoid putting too much weight on your granite countertop.
  • Do not sit or stand on it regularly, no matter your weight, as it could crack at a weak point.
  • Wipe up spills before the liquid has a chance to seep into the porous stone.

These simple cleaning tips will make sure that your granite countertops stay in great shape and last you for years to come. Do you have more questions? Talk to one of the experts at Stoneworks Granite & Quartz today!

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