Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, and it’s no wonder. Architects and homeowners alike appreciate this natural stone’s beauty, strength, durability, and versatility. If you’ve recently had granite countertops installed, though, it’s important to know how to clean them.
We’ll start with what you shouldn’t do.
harsh cleaning products. Granite won’t be etched by cleaners like marble
will, but it’s important to avoid cleaning with things like bleach, glass
cleaner, and degreasers. Cleaners with ammonia or citrus are not suitable for
granite, and even vinegar can be damaging. While these cleaners won’t damage
the granite itself, they will degrade the granite sealer and make it vulnerable
to staining. Bathroom, tub and tile, and grout cleaners should never be used on
on top of your countertops. Granite countertops are hard but not flexible,
so if too much weight is applied to one spot, they can crack. Never sit or
stand on them.
store products directly on your counter. If a liquid stays on a granite
surface for a long time, it can cause a stain. Keep your granite countertops
protected by storing cooking oils, hair products, toiletries, and other liquids
on shelves or decorative trays.
Let’s move on to the things you should do to keep your
granite in peak condition.
up spills as soon as they happen. Leaving acidic substances or cooking oil
on the granite won’t etch it, but it could potentially stain it, so clean the
counter quickly using hot water and a cloth.
Even dish soap can dull the finish on granite, so if you must use a
cleaner, use one specifically formulated for granite counters.
coasters and trivets. Just as you don’t want to store liquids directly on
granite, it’s good practice not to place them directly on it. And even though
granite is heat-resistant, grit that becomes trapped between a hot pot and the
counter can lead to small pits and dings.
Do use a
cutting board. While granite doesn’t scratch when you cut directly on it,
making this your practice will dull your knives. In fact, tiny pieces of your
knives blades will end up in your granite over time, and this can mar the look
of your countertop.
granite countertop begins the right company sourcing and installing your
granite. A well-established natural and engineered stone fabricator and
installer, United Granite has been serving Virginia, Maryland, DC,
and New Jersey for 22 years. Our
4 fabrication shops, 4 slab yards, and 1 showroom, as well as our extensive
stone inventory, allow United Granite to produce the highest quality
countertops, with the most natural stone color selections combined with the
shortest lead time in the industry. We’ve got locations in Chantilly,
Alexandria, or Fredericksburg, Virginia; if you’re looking for professional
service, quality workmanship, and the highest level of customer satisfaction
possible, visit our website or email us for more information.