Caring for Granite Counters


Simple, minor kitchen renovations are increasing in popularity.  Replacing/upgrading countertops and refinishing cabinets are ways to add value to your kitchen at a fraction of the cost.

This informational article by Kari Hendel highlights some things to remember when caring for your granite countertops. While natural stone countertops are low maintenance, proper care will ensure their beauty for years to come!
Upgrading your countertops to granite is a great choice because you can get it for a great price while increasing the value of your home and if cared for, granite counters can last a lifetime. Proper care of your granite countertops will ensure the longevity and beauty of your stone. Below we have mapped out some do’s and don’ts for cleaning your granite counters.

Do’s
 1. Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to dust off and clean granite counters

2. Wipe down daily and as needed with water

3. Blot up spills immediately
-Acidic liquids will not etch granite, but could potentially stain the surface.

4. Clean about once a week with a damp cloth and stone cleaner that is formulated with a neutral pH

5. Reseal your countertops about once a year with a stone sealer
-A good way to check if you need to reseal your counters is to splash water on the surface and if the water doesn’t bead up then you should reseal your granite. Stone sealer can be purchased at any local home improvement store.

6. If stains or damage occurs contact a stone-care professional for repair

Don’ts
1. Don’t use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners -These can scratch, pit and etch the surface of the stone

2. Don’t use soap repeatedly to clean your granite-This can cause a build-up and dull your countertops shine

3. Don’t use cleaners with vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange

 

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