Caring For Your Granite Countertop
A granite countertop makes a beautiful statement in your kitchen and bathroom, and the varying mineral composition creates an array of colors and textures. Granite can look great for decades, but it does require a small amount of maintenance.
Granite is mildly absorbent and porous, meaning that liquids can seep into the stone and cause stains. Applying a sealant to your granite countertop will slow the rate at which liquids pass through, making the stone more stain-resistant.
Sealant should be reapplied every year, depending on the particular sealant recommendations. Drop a small amount of water on the countertop and see how long it stays beaded on the surface. If it dissipates quickly, it’s probably time to reseal.
Wipe up spills as soon as you can with a damp cloth, especially oils and acidic liquids such as lemon juice or coffee.
It doesn’t take much to maintain a granite countertop in terms of cleaning. Warm water with mild dish soap, applied with a regular washcloth or microfiber cloth, will be sufficient for daily cleaning.
When cleaned daily with hot water and soap and well sealed, the surface will be protected from significant bacteria, but if you need something stronger, you can make your own cleaner. Mixing a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol will create a non-abrasive disinfectant.
Products to Avoid
Regardless of what type of sealant you put on your countertop, it’s not completely impervious to damage. When left unchecked, liquids can still seep into the surface of the stone and lead to stains. Prolonged contact with oils can also lead to stains, so avoid storing bottles of oil directly on the surface. Don’t clean the surface with acidic cleaners like bleach and ammonia, as they can strip the sealant and etch into the surface. Avoid placing meat directly on the surface, and avoid cutting directly on granite, as it can damage both the knife and the countertop.
Choosing the Right Countertop
When you’re planning your kitchen or bathroom remodel, be sure to check granite countertop slabs in person, as each piece is unique. Come on in to Niron Depot and see our huge selection, and contact us if you have any questions about making your countertop last.