Granite is a gorgeous decision to make when upgrading or modeling any room in your house with countertop surfaces. If your dream or design includes granite countertops, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s one of the most durable options you can go with…especially considering the amount of usage a countertop will get in a room like your kitchen!
At Fireplace & Granite Distributors, we are often fielding questions about the best way to care for our freshly installed slabs. As we’ve noted, granite is a tough rock, but there are a few simple things you can do to maintain the beauty of the slab that’s installed in your home!
#1 – Seal it!
Sealing your granite countertops is a surefire way to protect your countertops from stains and reinforce the natural shine of the slab. There are a variety of different sealers and protectants available. We recommend purchasing one that is geared specifically towards Granite and not multiple stone surfaces (Granite Gold or TriNova, for example). Be sure that you do buff and seal your granite countertops when they are completely dry.
#2 – Watch out for liquid discoloration
When spills occur, especially any that aren’t water, it’s important that you clean them up as quickly as possible. Granite is a porous rock (which is why it’s integral that you seal it). For this reason, it will tend to absorb stains after whatever caused it has been sitting for a while. Make sure that any liquid containers are dry (or avoid storing them on your counter).
#3 – Avoid chemicals
Cleaning products that are chemical or acidic will have the ability to cut through the seal and leave your countertop vulnerable to stains and other damage. For the most part, you’ll want to clean your granite with warm water and soap. If you’re working on something that’s hard to remove, consider drying, buffing and re-sealing the countertop if you’ve used any chemical products.
#4 – Cautiously avoid other types of damage
There are a lot of ways you can do wear and tear damage to your countertops. We’ve already mentioned that granite is a very tough surface, but over time you can still do some damage to your countertops if you’re not careful — avoid cutting any meats or vegetables without a cutting board, and placing any pots/pans (both hot and cool) directly onto the surface of your countertop. Hot pans shouldn’t do any heat-related damage to the countertop, but anything rough or sharp it may have picked up from your stove very well could.
We hope that you find these tips valuable. If you’d like to learn more about how you can upgrade your home into exactly what you want without breaking the bank, please give us a call! Fireplace & Granite Distributors have appointments available 7 days a week — and we’re happy to answer any questions related to countercare that you might have. Give us a call at 704-721-0001.