Proper Care and Maintenance for Granite Countertops
In addition to their natural beauty, many people choose granite countertops for their strength and durability.
However, it is important to consider proper care and protection to maintain the appearance of your granite countertops. While granite is a tough stone, it is still porous and can absorb liquids and chemicals if not adequately sealed, leading to stains and discoloration.
This can be exacerbated by using general cleaners that can damage the sealant. To prevent this, it is essential to use suitable granite cleaners and sealants to preserve the integrity of the sealant and ensure its effectiveness. By following these care guidelines, your granite countertops will retain their original beauty and reflectiveness.
Firstly, it’s important to note that your granite countertop has a sealant applied at the workshop to protect it from absorbing liquids and chemicals that could harm its natural color and pattern.
This sealant is sensitive to strong cleaning chemicals, which are unnecessary and damaging.
Cleaning your granite countertop is as simple as using a damp cloth or sponge with a mild dish cleaning soap, which acts as a low-level cleaner and antibacterial agent. Wipe the surface thoroughly with this solution and avoid using anything stronger. The hard surface of granite minimizes bacteria hiding places, and granite itself does not naturally harbor bacteria, so superficial cleaning and wiping are usually sufficient.
Regardless of usage frequency, it is advisable to ensure the sealant remains effective against staining and discoloration.
For surfaces in regular or frequent use, applying a fresh sealant every six months is recommended, while once a year is sufficient for less frequently used surfaces. This is a simple and cost-effective procedure that involves applying a proper granite surface sealant. In fact, ordinary car wax can often be used and is a more affordable option in many cases.
Consult your countertop supplier for a recommended product and follow the instructions to apply it, much like waxing a car. By keeping these two care tips in mind, you can ensure the longevity of your granite countertops, preserving their attractive and glossy appearance for years to come.