Granite Countertop Maintenance: Dos and Don’ts Explained

Woman Cleaning KitchenIt’s no accident that granite is the No. 1 material when it comes to kitchen countertop renovations. Installing granite, which is beautiful and durable, is the most obvious way to upgrade your kitchen. The instant friends, family, or potential homebuyers enter a home with granite countertops, they’re immediately impressed by the elegance and versatility that granite brings. Not to be ignored, one of the best features about granite is the ease with which it can be maintained. Don’t be fooled, however. Just because granite is tough and unlikely to stain doesn’t mean you don’t have to put any effort into keeping it in tip-top shape. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to taking care of granite and countertops in Atlanta.

An Ounce of Prevention

The best way to clean your granite countertops is to keep them from getting dirty in the first place. While it isn’t easy to stain granite, if a spill does occur, make sure you wipe it up as quickly as possible. Granite is a porous material. Sealing it is imperative—we’ll get to that later—but even sealant isn’t perfect. Acid-heavy liquids like juices and tomato sauce need to be cleaned up quickly if spilled. Allowed to linger, they can stain the surface whether the granite is sealed or not. Also, it’s a good idea if everyone in the family uses coasters for their drinks, and trivets and hot pads under hot pots and pans. Granite can handle heat very well, but there’s no reason to put it under any more strain than necessary. Similarly, never cut meat or bread directly on the counter. Using a cutting board keeps the knife from scratching the surface and bacteria from the meat reaching the counter where it can potentially get trapped in small nooks in the granite.

What Not to Do

empty milk bottleBecause granite can be stained by acids, heavy-duty cleansers like ammonia and anything composed of vinegar or lemon juice are to be avoided. Also, never use the kinds of cleaners you’d use to clean grout such as powders and even soft creams as these can scratch the surface. Most common mild household cleaners will work just fine with a sponge or a soft cloth. No more than that is necessary. If you have any aspiring gymnasts or stunt people in the family, don’t let them climb onto the granite. Granite is hard, but it’s not flexible, so it’s liable to break if too much weight is put on one spot.

Regular Maintenance

If you follow these rules, the maintenance of your granite countertops is incredibly easy. Wipe the counter down with a store-bought granite cleaner before going to bed. This will clean and disinfect the surfaces. Once a week, give your countertops a thorough cleaning with the granite cleaner, being sure to reach the edges and the spots beneath and next to the appliances. If you like, once a month you can give your counters a good polish with a conditioning stone polish for an extra luxurious shine. Finally, seal your countertop once every one to three years. No stone has the same requirements, but if you notice that water around the sink seems to be darkening the stone, it’s time for a reseal.

Execute these few simple tips and you can expect a long, beautiful life out of your granite countertops in Atlanta. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Legacy Granite Countertops today!