For generations, granite countertops in a kitchen has been a sign of beauty, functionality and simplicity. The unique design of the stone brings a special differentiation to every kitchen as no two slabs of granite are the same. With the light to dark color variations and distinctive differences and patterns, it is a beautiful addition to any kitchen and home. Although beautiful and extremely functional, granite requires quite a bit of maintenance to stay that way. With thorough knowledge of how to care for your granite countertops you will be able to maintain the life and beauty of the foundation of your kitchen.
Granite is naturally a porous stone and can easily trap things like grit and water-based substances that can cause bacteria to grow. To avoid this from happening, it is best to seal your granite with a high-quality sealant, which can be found at your local hardware store. To best preserve the life of your granite, it is advised that you seal your granite on a yearly basis, possibly more, depending on the type of granite you have in your home. Lighter granite requires more sealing than darker granite. If you are concerned about when your granite may need to be sealed, splash a couple of droplets on your counter. If there are evident water droplets, the reseal can wait for another day, but if the water droplets seem to fall into the divots or is absorbed into the granite, it is time to reseal. Sealing your granite gives the countertop extra protection against stains, spills, and life in general. Every sealant will have a different set of instructions, so be sure to follow those exactly. The resealing process takes about 24 hours to complete.
We get it. Life happens and so do messes. There is a way to clean the messes off your countertops without compromising the beauty of your granite. For daily cleaning, wipe the countertops with warm water and antibacterial detergent, and be sure to clean up any spills as quickly as possible. It is best to blot them away as opposed to wiping away the spill. The liquids could be damaging to your countertop. You can also clean spilled liquids with a dry dishcloth. Be sure to avoid using bleaches, glass cleaners and other cleaners you would regularly use in your home. It is also best to avoid using cloths or substances that are abrasive. They can scratch the countertop and lessen the luster of your granite.
Preserve your granite while living life
Care is more than what you do when there is a spill on the counter. The items you also place on your granite countertops make in difference in the lifespan of your granite, as well. It is best to avoid using hot pans on your granite. It creates a hazard for hands big and small; it takes a while for granite to cool. Always use coasters for glasses and dish ware. This eliminates the chances of scratches that can be difficult to remove from your countertop.
Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and the countertops are the foundation. The condition of your granite countertops radiate throughout your kitchen. With these steps you can preserve this beautiful kitchen asset for many years to come.