How To Take Care Of Your New Countertop
Are you looking for tips and advice about granite countertops care? You’ve come to the right place!
Granite countertops are a popular choice for home owners because of their natural elegance and beauty, but they do require proper care and maintenance in order to look their best.
Since you invest so much money in your kitchen reno, you will want to make sure that you treat them properly so that they will last and continue to look as beautiful as the day they were first installed.
It is true that granite requires some maintenance, but nothing too dramatic is required.
You should ensure that you periodically seal your granite in order to protect it from the hazards of daily life in a busy kitchen.
The frequency with which you seal your granite will depend completely on the way that you use it.
A good indication of whether or not your granite needs to be sealed is whether water beads roll on the surface of the granite. If not, then it is time to seal it.
Properly cleaning your granite with the right materials is just as important as periodically sealing it.
Unless they specifically say that they are safe for use on granite you should always avoid harsh cleaners or chemicals.
Many of the regular household cleaners you use are too harsh for granite, however others like Windex™ Multi-Surface Cleaner mention they are safe for use on granite.
To figure out which cleaners are safe you should read the instructions and if they don’t mention granite, don’t use them.
Household cleaners can damage granite in a number of ways, including:
- Dulling the stone
- Damaging the colour of the stone
- Breaking down the sealer
- Leaving a film
You have a few options for your granite instead of using a common household cleaner. You could purchase a granite-specific cleaner, which can be bought from a granite specialty store or local hardware store such as a:
- Spray and wipe granite cleaner
- Granite wipe
- Daily stone cleaner
- Monthly spray polish
Another option is to use a mixture of mild dish soap and water on your granite countertops. This alternative is cost effective and less hassle than buying a specialty cleaner.
Some people worry that dish soap will leave a film on their granite.
To avoid this, consider using a micro fiber cloth. Of course any wash cloths you use on your granite should always be clean and soft.
For more information about granite countertops care contact a specialist like NuStone Transformations for advice. We can help you get the most out of your granite countertops.