Granite is a gorgeous option for your kitchen countertop; however, it is one option that needs to be well maintained to keep up the beauty of it. Granite requires special care that most other countertop options such as laminate do not. Laminate simply needs to be cleaned with household cleaner or a mild detergent to clean it; however, some cleaners may not work on granite, as some chemicals can stain it. See below for other tips on how to maintain your granite countertops that you may not be aware of.
Daily Cleaning Instructions
Your granite can stain easily, so it should be cleaned often to keep food, drinks and spills from staining your beautiful countertop. Clean it daily, after eating at the counter (if you have a breakfast bar) and after meal prep by using a clean, damp microfiber cloth and some mild dish detergent. Never use a soaking wet cloth, and be sure to wring out your cloth. Water droplets can also stain your countertop. If you have a mess that requires some scrubbing, use a soft sponge and do not scrub with anything but the sponge side, as you can damage the finish or seal on your granite. Wipe your countertop dry with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. For hardened messes, use a razor blade and gently scrape off the mess from your countertop. This is the easiest way to get hardened messes off of your contertop without scrubbing.
Your countertop is usually sealed when it is installed in your home, but that sealer can wear away over time, leaving your countertop more susceptible to stains. Seal it yearly using acetone, stone sealer and a clean rag. First clear everything off of your countertop. Then take the acetone and soak a rag with it. You are going to work in small sections at a time. Wipe all over the first section to remove grime and built up dirt. At this time, you will take a razor blade to clean up the built up grime. You want to be sure your countertop is completely clean before sealing it. Next, take the sealer and soak a clean rag with it. Wipe it all over your countertop and allow it to sit on your counter for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it dry using another clean, dry cloth. Repeat this process all over your counter, being sure to get the edges as well.
Maintaining your granite will help ensure your countertop will have long lasting beauty.