How to Take Care of Your Granite Countertops
Granite doesn’t have to be difficult to care for. With the right plan of action, you can make it quite simple. Here’s how.
Granite may be hard, but it is also very porous. That means that if it isn’t sealed, the granite top can soak up acid and cause etching. Other dangerous substances for your granite countertops include mustard, wine, oils, any citrus and many chemicals. If they spill on your countertop, you need to clean them as quickly as possible.
To clean, just add a few drops of a mild detergent or dishwashing liquid to a soft cloth. Soak that in warm water and then wipe the counter thoroughly. Dry it off afterwards using a soft cloth.
Get Rid of Stains
There may be stains on your countertop that this cleaning method won’t get rid of. For those times, consider using one of these other methods.
Poultice- A cleaning powder made from clay, poultice gets rid of oils and grease with ease, absorbing them and solidifying so you can simply wipe the oil away. Even if the oil has become deep-set, the poultice should take care of it.
Acetone Thinner- For marker stains, you can use acetone thinner. The darker your granite is, the better this method will work. For lighter granite, you will be better off with hydrogen peroxide.
Keep It Sealed
Sealing your granite can protect it from a lot of substances that would disfigure or mar your granite. But you need to be careful about using sealer on all granite. If the granite’s manufacturer used a resin treatment when they were creating the granite countertop, then having a sealer on there would be redundant.
Your sealer needs to be checked every year or so. You can easily check by pouring a little water on the granite. If you see the water soaking into the stone, then it’s time for another coat of sealant. It’s a good idea to have your counter re-sealed once a year. You can do it yourself by applying the sealer with a soft, cotton cloth.
Granite makes for very nice countertops, but if you want yours to last, you have to take good care of it. Using the steps above ensures its long life and cuts down on the maintenance you will have to perform.