These Tips Will Increase The Longevity of Your Granite Surfaces
The simplest way maintain your granite countertops and keep them clean is to develop some good habits that will keep it from harm. Solid surfaces like, quartz, soapstone, limestone, travertine, marble and granite are comparable in a lot of ways. However, their dissimilarities require different amounts of maintenance. If you apply the following tips, you can eliminate the problems that lead to dull, dirty, moldy smelly countertops.
No More Spills
Soak up spills right away. Acidic elements such as sodas, tomato sauce, fruit juice, coffee and wine will not scratch granite as they do marble. However, they could possibly blemish the surface. If not cleaned up, cooking oil can leave a blemish as well. All of these liquids can soak into the porous surface and lead to long term staining and decay.
Clean the surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge. Use a specially formulated stone cleaner such as Groutsmith Gold, which is suggested in order to keep your countertops in the finest condition and shield the sealer. On the other hand, hot water can do for rapid clean ups. Dish soap will not spoil your granite permanently, but recurrent use of it will cause build up and dull the sheen of your countertop. Thus, using dish soap for a typical granite countertop is not suggested.
Create A Barrier
Use coasters beneath all cans, bottles and glasses. Again, granite will not scratch and utilizing coasters on solid and well-sealed granite isn’t a complete requirement as with marble. However, utilizing coasters is a good habit to adopt in order to shield all your surfaces.
Protect From Heat
Use hot pads and trivets under hot pots and pans. You may get a hot pot from the stove and place it directly on the granite countertops without troubles. It is probable for the granite (or any quartz or stone) to undergo cracking due to heat and thermal shock…this rarely happens but is something to note here. However, you should consider other problems, as well. Gravel that gets stuck between the countertop surface and the pot may etch the surface, even with granite. Granite is extremely tough and can endure a lot of mistreatment without any great damage, but it may develop small surface etches or holes in the highly used areas near the cook top and sink. It may not be frequent, but it can happen. If it does occur, do not worry too much. Most scratches and chips can be fixed, but it is best to keep away from them. Additionally, when you get the hot pan from the top, the surface may get extremely hot and can burn anyone that touches it.
Minimize The Scratches
Utilize cutting boards. Steer clear of the probability of etching the countertop surface and help keep your knife edges sharp. The edges of your knives can quickly dull or damage if you cut on stone.
Consider Your Stone Floors Too
Dust-mop your natural granite floors frequently…utilize a spotless, dry, non-treated dust mop. Some individuals opt to utilize a vacuum cleaner. However, be very cautious. Damaged parts or gravel stuck by the wheels can etch the granite surface.
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Once you learned how to keep your granite in tip top shape, we can help you seal and restore it. Not sure what to do, just give us a call and setup a free in-home estimate.