Granite countertops look great and can be found in most of our available homes, but keeping them looking like new takes a little expertise. At WikiHow, there’s a helpful list of cleaning and care tips that will keep your granite countertops looking the way they did when you moved in. Here’s everything you need to know.
- Daily Care
There are many cleaning products that are actually harmful to your granite surfaces. Powdered and acidic cleaners will actually damage your countertops over time. Instead, simply try warm water with a dish washing detergent. Clean with a soft cloth, then rinse with water and dry. Be sure to clean stains as they happen. It’s also important to remember that prolonged exposure to hot pans is harmful and using your countertop as a cutting surface will result in scratches and nicks.
- Heavy Cleaning
If your counters have been neglected and are in need of some renovation, you’ll need more than soap and water. There are a number of products specifically for cleaning stone available. Consider using one of these along with a degreaser for a deep clean that won’t damage the stone. Continue using a soft cloth as using stiff brushes or similar products could scratch your counters.
- Tough Stains
Typically, wiping up a spill is all that’s necessary to remove a stain on granite countertops. However, you’ll occasionally find a stubborn stain that doesn’t come out so easily, especially if it’s been left for a long time or subjected to heat. In these cases, use a poultice. This is an absorptive clay powder that will pull deep set stains out of stone. It may also remove the polish, but you can use a marble polish to restore it once the stain is gone.
- Sealing Granite
Not all countertops require a seal and many manufacturers treat their granite before it leaves the factory. If your countertops are more than 10 years old, however, they may need to be resealed. It’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer before sealing. If your counters need it, start by thoroughly cleaning them. Once the granite has dried for several hours, spread sealer with a rag or foam brush, let dry for 10-minutes then apply a second coat. Be sure to blot any spots or drips. After it sets for 12-hours, your counters should be ready to use again.
These are the basic maintenance tips any homeowner needs to know in order to keep their granite counters looking beautiful.
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