5 Ways to Take Care of Granite Countertops

If you’ve chosen a granite kitchen countertop after reviewing the different styles of kitchen countertops, you’ll have to pay close attention to the care of the grantie in order for your kitchen to keep its value. Granite is known as one of the most durable types of countertop available.

Granite Kitchen Countertop

Made from igneous rock, granite countertops contain different minerals that give the material its speckled or salt and pepper appearance.

While granite countertops are very strong and durable, you’ll still want to take precautions to keep them from being stained or damaged. With proper care and cleaning, your granite countertops will continue to look beautiful for years.

Clean Spills Immediately

You’ll want to avoid spilling anything other than water or some mild dish soap on your granite countertops, particularly liquids that have a high level of acidity. Orange juice, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages are acidic and can cause damage to your countertops if they are need cleaned up immediately. If you do spill something, use a cloth or papertowl to soak up any major spills and then use a damp rag to take care of any sticky residue.

Avoid Adding Weight to Countertop Edges

While granite countertops are very durable, you want to do your best to eliminate any chance of damaging them. One of the ways you can prevent damage is to avoid putting any unnecessary weight on the edges of the countertops. This can include grabbing on to the countertops for balance or using the countertops to climb up and reach a high shelf or clean something that has spattered high up on the wall. This added pressure and weight can cause damage to the edge of your granite countertops, which can take away from the attractiveness of the granite.

Use Trivets or Hot Pads for Hot Dishes

Granite holds up extremely well under heat, but thin strips of granite do not have enough surface area to absorb all of the heat from dishes, pots, and pans adequately. If you have small strips of granite countertop near other construction materials, use a trivet or hot pad for any hot dishes. This will help to keep heat away from materials that are less durable than your granite countertops.

Avoid Harsh Cleaning Products

Just like some foods and beverages have high levels of acid in them, some common household cleaners have high levels of acid and other chemicals that have the potential to damage your granite countertops. If you must use anything other than water to help clean up a spill, use something mild like dish soap to avoid damaging the granite.

Protect Your Countertops with a Sealant

One thing you can do to help protect your countertops from damage is to apply a sealant to them once they have been installed. A solvent-based sealer can be applied to granite countertops to help keep them looking new. This sealer does not make your countertops impervious to stains; it just means you have a little extra time to clean up a spill before the countertops will become stained. The life of this sealer varies based on a number of factors, but you can estimate that you will need to reapply the sealer to your countertops every two to three years.

7 comments

  1. I recently bought granite countertops and they turned out wonderful! I went the inexpensive route, purchasing Cristallo, since I plan to sell my condo in six months.

    I was originally concerned because i cook a lot with different spices like chyanne pepper, etc. that can get messy. to my surprise, when I spaced and forgot to seal the granite first, I had to problems at all with discoloration as I cleaned afterwards. since then I have sealed my counters once and it is happily ever after.

  2. I have just had installed 12 x 12 granite tiles on my kitchen countertops. I have not been able to seal them yet but plan to do so. I acdidentally spilled cooking oil on it. I thought I had gotten it all up, but I realized the next morning that there was still a little on the countertop. It seems to have soaked into the countertop tile and the grout. I know the grout isn’t a problem because it can be regrouted but this tile thing is really upsetting. Is there anything that would get it out of the granite? I did put a little powder on it thinking that it would absorb the oil. Doesn’t seemed to have worked. Help! Very upset wife.

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  4. We have granite countertops and my favorite product for cleaning them is Method’s Daily Granite. Its non-toxic, smells great and works really well.

  5. Has anyone ever heard that mold can grow under granite counter tops? I want to remodel and want to know if I should use granite or a quartz top.

  6. baking soda is another mild agent that will remove stains, and deodorize the surface without causing damage to the granite countertop. Create a baking soda paste by placing a few teaspoons of baking soda in a bowl, and mixing with water until a thick, creamy paste is formed. Smear the paste over the stain, and let sit until dry. This can take a few hours, and may sometimes take overnight. When dry, wipe away the dried baking soda paste with a damp cloth, then dry the area with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.

    Read more: Stain Removal From Granite Countertops | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5565354_stain-removal-granite-countertops.html#ixzz1u6LpQPA7

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